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Michelle Obama's Apple Cobbler

Michelle Obama’s Apple Cobbler
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This White House-worthy apple cobbler is sure to please even the most presidential tastes.

I've been making this cobbler for a long time, so I usually just eyeball how much needs to go in. People might want more or less sugar, but this is how our family and friends like it. This recipe makes one cobbler, which is like a double pie.

On December 14, 2007, this recipe was prepared by culinary students at Southern New Hampshire University and tasted by a panel of esteemed judges to determine, along with our online poll, the winner of the Yankee Magazine Cookie Primary. The winner? Bill Richardson's Biscochitos!

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Apple Cobbler
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  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced [or a bag of frozen peeled apples]
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white flour


Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so the spice goes all the way through the apples.



  • 3 sheets refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 stick of butter


Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. Roll out three pie crusts real thin -- as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the pie crusts and prick a few holes in it. Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 3/4 of a stick of butter around the apples. Use the final 1-1/2 pie crusts to cover the apple mixture entirely (let the pie crust overlap the pan).
Pinch the edges of the dough around the sides of the pan so the mixture is completely covered.
Melt final 1/4 stick of butter and brush all over top of crust.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours -- that's what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. Put the cobbler in the oven and go for a walk, go to the store, or do whatever you have to do around the house. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn't burn.
Serve anytime.
Updated Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

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11 Responses to Michelle Obama’s Apple Cobbler

  1. Patti Sena October 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    Too sweet.

  2. Anonymous November 18, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Yummy!!! So easy, serve warm with ice cream. Will make again and again.

  3. Denise Williams December 14, 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    That was the best Apple Cobbler I have EVER had in my 46 years. The Cobbler was not too sweet. I made the Cobbler on Monday evening, and it was gone by Tuesday morning. My family truly enjoyed this recipe. I will definitely make it again.

  4. ann benj July 5, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    I made this recipe yesterday with 1-1/2 cups packed sugar, not too sweet at all, everyone at my dinner wanted more. Will need to make 2 next time. Great taste and very simple!

  5. vincent williams November 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    3 hours isn’t to long ? and shouldn’t a cobbler have more juice ? I thought a cobbler should be a little runny. This looks more like an apple pie recipe.

  6. Carolyn Johnson January 19, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    i made this cobnler for Chritmas and everyone loved it. Took a long time but I did about 4 other things while it was cooking. To get more juice add more sugar and a couple of apples extra. When I make an apple pie I always have to pre cook the apples to make sure they bake well. The apples were done. I used McIntosh apples because I’m not fond of granny smith. I made my crust which took extra time, it was well worth it. My son loved it and he doesn’t like apple pie.

  7. Jaye June 28, 2014 at 2:26 am #

    I think I may use white sugar I like seeing my apples all bright in color and not brown & drab. It makes them look old and mushy. But I would definitely use the same amount of everything. I love refrigerated pie crusts…. And I’m glad she does too. No more time consuming agony in the kitchen.

  8. Bobbie June 16, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    What size baking dish/pan did everyone use or recommend? Thanks!

  9. Trish Madera July 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    I have made this twice now and just love this recipe. I do lattice for the top. The apples melt in your mouth. I need some vanilla ice cream next time.

  10. debby masters February 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    this recipe is the closest to what m husbands mother made for him back “in the day” back in the 50’s

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