Mama’s Southern Peach Cobbler

by Alli

This Southern Peach Cobbler is just like mama used to make! It’s got the right amount of crust, peaches and creamy filling. Serve warm with a big scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream. 

When I was growing up, we usually enjoyed dessert only on Sundays and special occasions. We didn’t eat a lot of sweets throughout the week, so I always looked forward to Sunday. When fresh produce was available from the garden, we’d get home from church and feast on mama’s southern fried chicken.

Mama always made homemade biscuits, rice and gravy, peas, butterbeans, and corn. I can’t forget about the sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Dessert was usually banana pudding or southern peach cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Southern Peach Cobbler

These days, whenever I eat peach cobbler or banana pudding, I can’t help but think of mama. She made other desserts, like red velvet cake, chocolate cake with the best chocolate pecan frosting and pecan pie. But today we’re talking peach cobbler.

Southern peach cobbler recipes differ from state to state and from cook to cook. The recipes may be slightly different but I’ve never met a southern peach cobbler I didn’t love.

Some home cooks add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top just before the cobbler goes in the oven. I don’t. Why? Because mama didn’t. My mom never cared for cinnamon or cilantro, but that’s another story. So, because mama didn’t use cinnamon in her southern peach cobbler, I don’t either.

Southern Peach Cobbler cooling

When peaches are in season, I use fresh peaches. When they’re not in season or I’m in a hurry, I use canned peaches in heavy syrup. Southern peach cobbler is best served warm with a big scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.

Bowl of Mama's Southern Peach Cobbler

Southern Peach Cobbler

If using fresh peaches, peel and slice peaches. In a bowl, add the peaches and 3/4 cup sugar. Stir to combine.

Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Pour the melted butter into a 9×13 pan. Mix together the self-rising flour and sugar. Slowly, whisk in the milk. Pour over the melted butter. Don’t stir.

Spoon the peaches over the flour mixture. Pour in the syrup as well. Don’t stir. At this time you can sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. As you know, I don’t add the cinnamon. I just added that bit in case you like cinnamon in your peach cobbler.

Helpful Hint: If you don’t have self-rising flour on hand, make your own using plain flour, baking powder, and salt. Here’s how you do it.

Yield: 10-12 Servings

Southern Peach Cobbler

A bowl of homemade southern peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream

Southern Peach Cobbler has just the right amount of peaches, crust, and creamy filling.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) sliced peaches in heavy syrup (OR 4 cups peeled, sliced peaches mixed with 3/4 cup granulated sugar)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Pour melted butter into a 9x13 pan.
  3. Mix together the flour and sugar. Whisk in the milk. Pour mixture over the melted butter. Do not stir.
  4. Spoon peaches and syrup over the flour mixture. Don't stir.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 223Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 25mgSodium 159mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 26gProtein 1g

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I think I’ll have a bowl of southern peach cobbler and take a stroll down memory lane – back to those Sunday dinners when I was a little girl.

Yes, we called the midday meal dinner. And we ate supper every night at 5:30. That’s when dad got home from work.

A bowl of homemade southern peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream

Whenever you’re craving peach cobbler, make this one. It’s amazing! Another delicious summertime dessert is my Spiced Rum Peach Dumplings. So good! 

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