Easy Air Fryer Apple Cobbler Recipe: Sweet Fall Flavors!

I love throwing together cobblers for dessert, since they’re just so easy and tasty. When the fresh berries of summer are gone, though, I turn to new fall flavors instead. This air fryer apple cobbler is the perfect dessert, as it’s easy, quick, and delicious!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apple cobbler takes the warm and familiar taste of an apple pie, but ditches the crust for a cobbler topping, which is somewhere between a biscuit and a cake.

If you prefer a Dutch apple pie, then check out my Air Fryer Apple Crumble recipe instead, which features a crumbed topping instead of a batter-based one!

This apple cobbler is filled with cinnamon and sweetness, making it the perfect dessert alongside a hot cup of tea on a cool fall night.

holding up a spoonful of air fryer apple cobbler

The air fryer really takes this recipe to the next level, for a couple of reasons. It cuts down the cooking time nearly in half from a traditional oven, meaning you can enjoy dessert even on busy nights.

It also allows you to make smaller portions, which is great if you’re not entertaining a whole crowd. Cobbler also reheats well, though, so don’t be afraid to make a larger batch and enjoy it all week!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Apple Cobbler

ingredients to make air fryer apple cobbler

For the Fruit Filling:

  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced (about 2 cups once diced)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Β½ Tbsp cornstarch

For the Cobbler Topping:

  • 4 Tbsp salted butter, melted
  • Β½ cup all purpose flour
  • ΒΌ cup brown sugar
  • Β½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ΒΌ cup cream or half and half

Special Equipment Note: This recipe is designed to fit perfectly in four 7-ounce ramekins. You may also use a single cake pan or casserole dish that fits in your air fryer.

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • Any type of apples are fine. Granny Smith is common in baking, but I’m using Jazz apples which are also firm and on the tart side. Use your favorite!
  • The all purpose flour may be swapped for whole wheat flour, or a gluten free flour if needed. The texture will be denser as a result, but still delicious
  • You may use granulated sugar in place of the brown sugar if needed
  • Experiment with different spices in place of cinnamon, such as ginger, nutmeg, or apple pie spice!

Creative Topping Ideas

  • Streusel Topping: Mix together oats, brown sugar, and butter to create a crunchy streusel topping
  • Cinnamon Sugar: Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over the cobbler topping before baking for extra flavor
  • Nutty Crunch: Add chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts to the topping for a delightful crunch
  • Cheddar Cheese: For a unique twist, mix shredded cheddar cheese into your cobbler batter for a sweet and savory combination

Step-by-Step Recipe for Air Fryer Apple Cobbler

  1. In a bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Stir to mix well and set aside
mix apple chunks with lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch
  1. Using a second bowl, mix the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and cream together to make the batter. It should be a thick, pancake batter like consistency
in a second bowl combine your ingredients to make the apple cobbler batter
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350Β°F, and grease the ramekins or whatever pan you’re using
  2. Divide the apple filling evenly amongst the ramekins (or just spread in an even layer across the bottom of your larger single pan)
divide apple mixture evenly across your ramekins
  1. Top the apple filling with dollops of batter. Do not spread the batter out, but rather leave pockets which allow for steam to escape during cooking
top each apple filled ramekin with cobbler batter
  1. Place the filled dishes into the preheated air fryer basket
place mini apple cobblers in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 15 minutes at 350Β°F, or until the cobbler topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly
  2. Cool for at least 5 minutes, then serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
overhead view of air fryer apple cobbler on a plate with whipped cream

More Flavor Variations of Air Fryer Cobblers

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Apples For This Recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen apples for this recipe. You do not need to defrost them in advance, but you should increase the cornstarch to 2 Tbsp to compensate for the excess moisture.

You can also use prepared apple pie filling from a can instead of making your own.

What Type of Apples Are Best For Apple Cobbler?

For the best results, use firm and slightly tart apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn for your apple cobbler. These apple varieties hold their shape well during cooking and provide a pleasant balance of sweetness and tartness.

However, you can experiment with different apple varieties to achieve your preferred taste and texture.

How Do I Prevent the Topping From Becoming Too Soggy?

Generally, the topping will not become too soggy so long as you add enough starch to the fruit to absorb excess moisture.

Make sure to also cook the topping until it is browned on top, so you know it has been cooked through.

Can I Make Individual Servings of Apple Cobbler in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can absolutely make individual servings of apple cobbler in the air fryer. In fact, each ramekin in this recipe is an individual serving.

You can scale the recipe up or down depending how many servings you’d like to make. The cobbler does reheat well, though, so you can always bake all 4 and then reheat them throughout the week.

Is it Possible to Prepare Apple Cobbler in Advance and Reheat it in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can prepare apple cobbler in advance and reheat it in the air fryer. After baking, cool and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat a portion in the air fryer at 325Β°F for about 5 minutes.

For an entire pan, plan to reheat for about 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.

Do You Eat Apple Cobbler Hot or Cold?

Apple cobbler can be enjoyed either hot or cold, depending on your preference.

Cold means you can eat it straight from the refrigerator. The advantage to hot, though, is that it pairs well with cold ice cream if you plan to serve it a la mode.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • The 15-minute cooking time is perfect for ramekins of apple cobbler in a Ninja air fryer. For a full pan (instead of ramekins) start with 20 minutes. Remember that other air fryers may vary, so adjust cooking time as needed
  • You can adjust the overall sweetness by adding more or less sugar, especially depending on the sweetness levels of the apples you choose
delicious warm air fryer apple cobbler on a plate with a spoon

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Store leftover apple cobbler covered in the refrigerator and consume within 2-3 days. You may also freeze the cobbler prior to cooking for up to 3 months
  • To reheat, place a cobbler portion in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350Β°F, or until warmed through. Alternatively, you may microwave on high for 30-60 seconds, but the topping will get more mushy with this method

More Air Fryer Apple Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

If you’ve got a sweet tooth but not a lot of time, then a cobbler is a perfect choice! It’s so simple to make and absolutely delicious.

When it’s fall, an apple cobbler is the perfect choice in seasonal fruit, but of course there are all sorts of flavors that make a great cobbler filling.

The air fryer makes things so easy, with cooking taking just 15 minutes, and the ability to scale up or down whether you’re feeding 1 or 10.

If you love this recipe and all things apple, make sure to check out my list of more of the Best Air Fryer Apple Recipes for some more inspiration! It’s also great for when you need to use up that bushel you brought home from apple picking!

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Air Fryer Apple Cobbler (No Oats)

This air fryer apple cobbler features tart apples paired with cinnamon and sweet cobbler topping. It bakes up in single serving ramekins in only 15 minutes for a quick and easy dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 311 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • 4 7-Ounce ramekins (or a single cake pan that fits in your air fryer)
  • Nonstick spray

Ingredients
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For the Apple Filling

  • 4 Medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced (about 2 cups total)
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Β½ Tbsp cornstarch

For the Cobbler Topping

  • 4 Tbsp salted butter (melted)
  • Β½ Cup all purpose flour
  • ΒΌ Cup brown sugar
  • Β½ Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • ΒΌ Cup heavy cream or half and half

Instructions
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  • In a bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Stir to mix well and set aside
    4 Medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced, 1 Tsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tsp cinnamon, Β½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • Using a second bowl, mix the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and cream together to make the batter. It should be a thick, pancake batter like consistency
    4 Tbsp salted butter, Β½ Cup all purpose flour, ΒΌ Cup brown sugar, Β½ Tsp baking powder, 1 Tsp cinnamon, ΒΌ Cup heavy cream or half and half
  • Preheat your air fryer to 350Β°F, and grease the ramekins or whatever pan you’re using
  • Divide the apple filling evenly amongst the ramekins (or just spread in an even layer across the bottom of your larger single pan)
  • Top the apple filling with dollops of batter. Do not spread the batter out, but rather leave pockets which allow for steam to escape during cooking
  • Place the filled dishes into the preheated air fryer basket
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 15 minutes at 350Β°F, or until the cobbler topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly
  • Cool for at least 5 minutes, then serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if desired

Notes

  • Any type of apples are fine. Granny Smith is common in baking, but I’m using Jazz apples which are also firm and on the tart side. Use your favorite!
  • The all purpose flour may be swapped for whole wheat flour, or a gluten free flour if needed. The texture will be denser as a result, but still delicious
  • You may use granulated sugar in place of the brown sugar if needed
  • Experiment with different spices in place of cinnamon, such as ginger, nutmeg, or apple pie spice!
  • The 15-minute cooking time is perfect for ramekins of apple cobbler in a Ninja air fryer. For a full pan (instead of ramekins) start with 20 minutes. Remember that other air fryers may vary, so adjust cooking time as needed
  • You can adjust the overall sweetness by adding more or less sugar, especially depending on the sweetness levels of the apples you choose
  • Store leftover apple cobbler covered in the refrigerator and consume within 2-3 days. You may also freeze the cobbler prior to cooking for up to 3 months
  • To reheat, place a cobbler portion in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350Β°F, or until warmed through. Alternatively, you may microwave on high for 30-60 seconds, but the topping will get more mushy with this method
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and variety of ingredients, any swaps, toppings added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 223gCalories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 2.6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8.3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 163mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 330.3IUVitamin C: 6.9mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg
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