Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler

Slow cooker season is here!  Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!

Slow cooker season is here! Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!Oh, the Wolf.  The Wolf occupies a special place in our family…and we’re always trying to get rid of it.  I’m not talking about the wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood book that I had as a kid.  (Yes, I’d actually run into my sister’s room and hide that book in her closet.  The wolf was scary.  He had a big long red tongue and sharp teeth.  I figured if he’s gonna come out at night and get someone, it might as well be my sister!)  Nope, in this case, I’m talking about the Wolf.

A number of years back, when I was still in high school, my Dad and uncle went down to help clean out and sell my great aunt and uncle’s house in San Antonio.  My great aunt and uncle were wonderful, caring people, and they lived a long, happy life.  When they passed away, it fell to my Dad and uncle to help clean up their house and put it on the market.  That’s never a fun job, but they got in there and did what needed to be done.  But somewhere along the way, they found the Wolf.

Slow cooker season is here! Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!You see, the Wolf is a small rug made out of yarn.  I’m not a crafter, but I believe the term is ‘rug-hooking.’  The Wolf was hanging in the hallway of my great aunt and uncle’s house.  We don’t know if my great aunt made it, or if someone gave it to her.  Either way, the Wolf somehow became a source of comic relief during what was a rather difficult weekend for my Dad and uncle.  My uncle slipped the Wolf into my Dad’s rental car.  Then my Dad slipped the Wolf back into my uncle’s suitcase.  Well, the joke continued…and over time, it has expanded to include other members of the family.

Just like Fight Club, the main rule for the Wolf is you don’t talk about the Wolf.  It just shows up.  Sometimes the Wolf disappears for months (or even a year) at a time.  No one ever really knows who has it.  And just when you have forgotten about it, the Wolf reappears.  It has shown up tucked into beds after a family visit.  It has shown up many times wrapped under the Christmas tree.  (In fact, it’s not uncommon to go along shaking our gifts to see if someone has passed the Wolf along.)  It has shown up tucked into the back of a car.

wolfIn fact, there was an epic moment back when I lived in Atlanta.  My sister had come to visit, and she left the Wolf in the guest bedroom as she was packing up her car.  But I found it before she left.  And I quietly slipped the Wolf right on top of her suitcase in her trunk.  (I volunteered to carry her suitcase out to the car…little did she know that I had the Wolf in my other hand.)  If only that Wolf could tell stories about where it’s been.  Heck, if only that Wolf earned frequent flyer miles for all of its travels from the Carolinas to Tennessee to New York and Texas.

Remember when my sister came up to visit a couple of months ago?  It was a pretty wild weekend thanks to her 2-year-old daughter.  When I finally dropped them off at the airport, I returned home to clean up a bit and get back into the swing of work.  That’s when I saw the Wolf.  I literally said “Son of a ***” when I saw it lying under my desk.  She got me.  Fair and square.  I had forgotten about the Wolf…but now I have it again.

Slow cooker season is here! Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!Ah, enough talk about the Wolf.  I should probably at least mention the recipe in today’s post, huh?  I made this Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler last week, and it turned out quite well!  Cobblers aren’t all that difficult to make, but it’s nice to be able to start this one earlier in the afternoon and then not worry about it again until dessert.  The topping is not as sweet as a lot of cobblers, but I feel like this let’s the taste of the apples and blueberries take center stage.  (The topping does help absorb some of the liquid once you scoop out spoonfuls of this tasty Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler, though.)

Slow cooker season is here! Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!Slow cooker season is here!  So why not use that bad boy to cook up a tasty sweet treat for dessert tonight?  Enjoy!

Also, does anyone have any fun ideas about how to hand off the Wolf?  It probably won’t go back to my sister as it just came from her.  I feel like everyone is expecting it to arrive at Christmas…and I need some new creative way to sneak the Wolf off to the next unsuspecting family member!

Slow cooker season is here! Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!

Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler

Slow cooker season is here!  Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 238kcal

Ingredients

For the Fruit

  • 5 Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

For the Topping

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions

For the Fruit

  • Lightly grease a 5-quart slow cooker.
  • Add sliced apples, blueberries, lemon juice, light brown sugar and cinnamon; stir until well combined. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch with ¼ cup water. Stir cornstarch mixture into fruit mixture in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.

For the Topping

  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium speed).
  • Add milk, egg and vanilla extract; beat until just combined.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat until just combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of Topping evenly on top of fruit mixture in slow cooker. Cover and continue cooking on low for 2½ hours.
  • Serve hot with scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

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Slow cooker season is here! Whip up this easy Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler for dessert tonight!Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Cobbler

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36 Comments

  1. The wolf! Oh my goodness! What a fun family tradition! Maybe tuck it with someone’s present or sneak it into someone’s car when they leave?!? I’ll think of more ideas while I help myself to several servings of this delicious cobbler 😉

    1. Haha…thanks, Megan! That darned Wolf just appears at the worst times…right when you forget about it. I think it may need to stay put this year as everyone always expects it during Christmas! Hope you had an awesome weekend, my friend! 🙂

  2. Haha what a great family tradition! Good luck passing it back to someone! Also, love a good cobbler, especially one with blueberries. Ice cream always goes well, but over here in the U.K. people seem to love pairing cobblers with hot vanilla custard. In any case, blueberries, apple and a slow cooker seems like an ideal trio!

    1. Yeah, passing the Wolf back and forth is getting harder and harder as all the usual methods have been used up! I might have to let the Wolf rest here in our house for a while until folks forget about him. 🙂 So I’ve never paired a cobble with hot custard, but it sounds like a good combo! I might have to give that a try sometime…and preferably sooner than later. Thanks, Matt!

  3. Hi David! Cobblers are one of Gary’s favorite desserts and apples and blueberries are a great combination! My slow cooker has taken up permanent residence on a counter, they are such a convenient way to get a meal (or dessert) together nearly effortlessly plus they make the whole house smell great! Have a wonderful weekend celebrating Robbie’s birthday! Happy birthday little man!

    1. Cobblers are so darned easy! In fact, that’s one of the reasons I love ’em so much, Dorothy. No decorating or fancy skills involved. In fact, the more rustic the better! 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes, too! I’ll have to include some photos from the festivities in a post coming up soon. Happy (early) Thanksgiving to my best friends (aside from family) in Tennessee!

  4. Hahaha! Oh my! I am loving the story of The Wolf …and the analogy to The Fight Club – duuuude – it’s simply priceless! Lil Shashi used to watch “The secret of the traveling pants” on repeat and your story reminded me of that movie … if your family does a white elephant gift exchange, maybe you could box it up and place it under the tree? Though, it would be easy for the person who got it to leave it behind then…cannot wait to see how you manage to pass it on!
    And – this cobbler in a slow cooker is blowing my mind! I’ve been seeing desserts in slow cookers but I haven’t been brave enough to test one out yet – time to change that eh?!
    Happy Friday and hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Yeah, passing the Wolf on has gotten harder and harder as all of the usual methods have been done a few times by now. Everyone expects to find the Wolf at Christmas or after a visit. I’m thinking the Wolf needs to hang out for a while here until people forget about him. Then he’ll come roaring (howling?) back when folks least expect it! Thanks, Shashi! Hope you and Lil Shashi had an amazing weekend down there in GA…looks like it was cold based on the national weather report I saw. Bundle up and make a cobbler! 🙂

  5. Slow Cooker Cobbler David? You are going to kill my diet, and I’ve been doing so good this week. Blueberries are my favorite berries, but I’ve never had them in a cobbler, seems like I’ve been missing out something special. I remember those rug-hooking rugs, a lot of my family members had them in the 80s. The Wolf sounds like a fun family prank! I love it 🙂

    1. Oh man, I’ve been dieting like crazy this past week, too, Mary! I’m pretty sure I picked the worst time ever to start a diet. But it’s working. I found myself not going back for seconds or not reaching for another beer. So it was a success! But when this slow cooker cobbler is around, all bets (and diets!) are off. Haha! 🙂 Hope you had an amazing weekend, my friend!

  6. What a great story of wolf David. And needless to say, as always the recipe is simply awesome. I really loved the addition of lemon juice in this recipe.

    1. Thank you so much, Puja! That Wolf is a strange, but really fun, family tradition. 🙂 Oh, and a little splash of lemon juice is my secret weapon when it comes to fruity desserts. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks, Kevin! I totally agree with you…cobblers are one of the most comforting desserts ever. Winter cobblers are best enjoyed curled by the fire while the snow comes down outside. It does snow out there in San Diego right? Ok, let’s back that up…it does get cold in San Diego, right? 🙂

  7. That’s hilarious! I remember doing all that “rug-hooking” when I was a kid. The templates were all color coded and everything! I would love to curl up with that silly craft, a craft beer, and some of this blueberry apple cobbler!

    1. Crafts + craft beer. Coincidence? I think not! I’ve never put those two together before, Rachelle…but I think you need to make them happen. In fact, you could start a whole new series on your site. Crafts with craft beer. I think rug hooking should be your first craft in this series, mmkay? 🙂

  8. We have a “wolf” in our family too….only ours is a plastic lawn ornament bunny! That darned bunny shows up all over the place. You just never know when or where it will appear, but once you have it you are stuck with secretly giving it to someone else in the family. 🙂 This blueberry cobbler looks so great. I love that you can make it in the slow cooker!

    1. Yes, so you totally know all about the Wolf (err…Rabbit) tradition. It’s fun, but man it’s so hard to figure out how to creatively pass it on. 🙂 Thanks so much, Kathy. Hope you guys had an awesome weekend!

  9. hahaha,, Cool story about the wolf 🙂 and Slow cooker cobbler? This sounds interesting and looks so delicious! I love apple blueberry combo 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Kushi! The Wolf is a fun little family tradition for sure. And the slow cooker cobbler? Yes! Just make this one…it’s easy and delicious! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Dawn! The slow cooker is super versatile…and perfect for these cold winter days when you really just want to be curled up on the couch more than anything else in the world! 🙂 Hope you guys had an awesome weekend!

  10. I see. You definitely have an issue with wolfs, David. There’s one old trick that has been protecting people from wolves since the down of time. Lavender. A lot of lavender all around your house, and you’re safe. Well, if this doesn’t work, you can always make some…a lot of lavender stuff:) This cobbler is amazing! I like the combo of apples and blueberries…it’s like autumn and summer meet each other in one recipe:)

    1. Lavender, eh? Like if I plant lavender all around my house, then the Wolf won’t come in? I might just have to try that! But if it doesn’t work, then we can’t be friends anymore. I sure hope that tip works, Ben! 🙂 And, yes, this cobbler is definitely tasty…perfect for these cold nights that are here now. Enjoy!

  11. Ha! So the wolf totally reminds me of a similar thing that my husband’s family has had going on for years and years… It’s a pair of underwear (long story) that someone gets wrapped up as a Christmas present every year as a joke. Pretty funny tradition!

    And I LOVE fruit cobblers. Apples & blueberries are my favorite!

    1. Oh gosh…underwear! Hey, I get it though. I’m sure that underwear has some pretty amazing stories of the places it’s been. (And on that note, I’m pretty sure that is the first and last time I will type that sentence in my life…haha!) Thanks, Nicole…hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

    1. Yes! Slow cookers are indeed amazing…they let you get so much stuff done while they sit there and take care of the actual work. Sounds like a win-win to me! Thanks, Manali…hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

    1. You’re right, Jeff. Nothing gets you in a good mood after a long day at work like a dessert waiting for you at home…well, maybe a dessert with a nice cocktail next to it! Hope you had a great Turkey Day, my friend!

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