Berry Cobbler

Cover recipe - The Oprah Magazine Cookbook, Berry Cobbler

Cover recipe – < The Oprah Magazine Cookbook, Berry Cobbler

I’ve had this copy of the The Oprah Magazine Cookbook sitting on my shelves for quite a while now. I first picked it up at a Barnes & Noble sale, drawn to the glossy cover and pages packed full of mouth watering recipes. I was so excited to get my new cookbook home, but as is my tendency, my shiny new cookbook was quickly stacked neatly on a shelf…never to be heard from again. I’m a bit of a cookbook hoarder – and a procrastinator.

So when I came across it the other day, stacked between an embarrassing amount of similarly shiny cookbooks, I knew I needed to dust off it off and get to baking. The cover is spread with several must try recipes, like this Berry Cobbler or the Baby Greens with Asparagus and Pistachios. Being a sugar lover, of course I was pulled toward the bowl full of bright red berries topped with a fluffy cobbler crust and whipped topping. There are so many ways to make a cobbler, and this one goes with a fluffy, cakey topping rather than a pie crust: Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.

Berry Cobbler


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Berry Cobbler

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 55 min

Total Time: 1 hour 10 min


6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

6 cups fresh berries (recipe originally uses cranberries)
1/2 - 1 1/4 cup sugar (lesser amount for strawberries, greater amount for cranberries)
1 cup cranberry juice (if using cranberries)
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest


1. Preheat oven to 350F. To make topping: In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time until well blended. Beat in vanilla extract and orange zest. A

2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat until fully blended. Set aside.

3. To make filling: In a 2-quart shallow glass or cerramic baking dish, combine berries, sugar, orange zest, and juice (if using).

4. Spoon topping over the berry mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls.

5. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling is bubbly around the edges and topping is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


This recipe originally calls for using fresh cranberries, but you can easily swap out any kind of berry you desire. I decided to go with fresh strawberries since that is what was in season. If you do not use the cranberries, just omit the cranberry juice and additional sugar from the recipe. I found that 1/2 cup sugar for the strawberries was plenty.

Source: The Oprah Magazine Cookbook


The results:

It was a tasty cobbler, but not the best I’ve ever had. The filling was just the right amount for the topping and the orange zest added a nice flavor but wasn’t too noticeable. The cobbler topping was fluffy and pretty, but seemed like it needed something a little extra. I’m a texture girl so if I made this again I would probably add some chopped nuts and coarse sugar over the topping to add a little texture.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

This is a good cobbler and something I would definitely serve to company. It may not be show stopping, but simple classic desserts like this tend to please everyone. Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream or ice cream and this a tasty dessert.


Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

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