Air Fryer Cherry Cobbler: Irresistibly Sweet Delight!

I’m a sucker for anything cherry flavored. It has to be one of my all time favorite fruits. This easy air fryer cherry cobbler lets me use fresh or frozen fruits in combination with a sweet, biscuit-like crust to create a magical dessert. Thanks to the air fryer, you can skip the oven too!

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What is Cherry Cobbler?

Cherry cobbler is, in a sense, a fruit filled casserole. Fresh or frozen cherries are veritably stewed in their own juice and sometimes sugar to create a syrupy, pie filling like consistency.

The fruit is then topped with dollops of dough that’s similar in consistency to a biscuit, with cake-like elements as well.

The origin of cherry cobbler is actually attributed to early English settlers trying to create a suitable replacement for English pudding using what they had available.

Traditionally, you’d bake your cobbler in a casserole dish in the oven to thicken the filling and both cook and brown the topping. However, there are other methods to cook it as well, such as the air fryer that I’ll explain more about soon.

spoonful of air fryer cherry cobbler

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Homemade cherry cobbler is very quick and easy to make, but incredibly delicious and can feed a crowd if you want. It’s perfect topped with ice cream or whipped cream, which makes a perfect contrast with the warm fruit filling.

Of course, cobblers aren’t just limited to cherries! You can use a large variety of fruits and berries to make all sorts of flavors, so feel free to get creative.

Both fresh and frozen fruit work, so it’s never out of season for a cobbler. I actually prefer frozen when working with cherries, though, since you don’t need to deal with the tedious pitting process!

The biggest benefit to making dessert in the air fryer over the oven is the time you’ll save! Instead of 40 minutes in the oven, I cook a batch in just 15 minutes in my air fryer. Now that’s easy!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make air fryer cherry cobbler
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter (melted) 
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup cream or milk

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

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • You can use any type of cherries you like. I have dark sweet cherries here. If you use a tart variety, you may want to double the sugar. You can also feel free to use pre-made canned cherry pie filling in place of fresh fruit!
  • The almond may be swapped for vanilla extract if preferred
  • All purpose flour may be swapped for whole wheat or gluten free flour, but the texture will change and be denser
  • If you’d like to use a bigger pan and make a larger batch, feel free to double the recipe

Variations of Air Fryer Cherry Cobbler

  • Mixed Berry Cobbler. Add assorted other berries in combination with the cherries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries
  • Peach Cobbler With Cherries. Use an equal mix of sliced peaches along with the cherries for the filling
  • Gluten-Free or Vegan Alternatives. To make this dish vegan, swap the dairy and butter for vegan alternatives, and use a natural sweetener like agave instead. For gluten-free, use almond flour in place of the all purpose
  • Savory Twist. Blend sweet and savory by adding ¼ cup of cheddar, feta, or goat cheese to your biscuit topping

How to Make Cherry Cobbler in the Air Fryer

  1. Combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract in a bowl. Mix well, and set aside
combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract in a bowl
  1. In another bowl, combine butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and cream or milk, stirring until you have a relatively smooth batter (some lumps are fine)
mix butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and milk in a second bowl
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F and grease 4 ramekins, or another dish of your choice that fits in the air fryer
grease your ramekins while air fryer preheats
  1. Add the cherries to the bottom of the dish, or divide evenly between ramekins
add cherries to the bottom of the ramekins
  1. Top the layer of cherries with the cobbler batter (you do not need to spread it smoothly)
add cobbler batter on top of the cherries
  1. Place the filled ramekins into the preheated air fryer basket
place filled ramekins in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 15 minutes (or 20 if you’re using a single larger pan), or until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly
  2. Cool for 5-10 minutes to allow the filling to set up slightly
  3. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream!
overhead view of air fryer cherry cobbler on a plate with whipped cream

What to Serve With Cherry Cobbler

  • Goat cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Bruschetta
  • Panzanella salad
  • Pork loin
  • Salmon
  • Duck
  • Pesto chicken
  • Prosciutto
  • Lamb chops
  • Chili
  • Ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Amaretto drinks
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Vodka drinks

There are many great dishes to serve with cherry cobbler, from appetizers and main courses to toppings and drink accompaniments. All of these flavors are the perfect compliment to sweet or tart cherries!

Try my air fryer cherry cobbler recipe with some Air Fryer Goat Cheese Balls or some Air Fryer Bruschetta for an appetizer. Pair with my Air Fryer Pesto Chicken or some tasty Air Fryer Chili for your main course.

Finish off your meal with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini.

Recipe FAQs

Can You Make Cherry Cobbler in an Air Fryer?

Yes, you can absolutely make cherry cobbler in an air fryer. In fact, it takes about half the time to cook as a traditional oven, though space is slightly more limited.

Any oven safe pan that fits in the air fryer basket is suitable including ramekins for individual servings.

What Cherries Make a Good Cobbler?

Most dark, sweet, or sour cherries make a good cobbler. Popular varieties include Bing, Queen Anne, Rainier, Morello, Montmorency, frozen dark sweet varieties, or tart cherries.

You can also mix varieties for an even more interesting flavor combination.

Can I Use Frozen Cherries For Air Fryer Cherry Cobbler?

Yes, you can use frozen cherries for air fryer cherry cobbler. They don’t need to be defrosted ahead of time.

Frozen cherries are great when fresh are out of season, but they’re typically sold pre-pitted, so they can also be a time saving alternative.

Can You Make Cherry Cobbler With Canned Pie Filling?

Yes, you can make cherry cobbler with canned pie filling. Just substitute it in place of the fresh or frozen fruit, sugar, and cornstarch in the recipe.

You can still add extra cherries, or other flavor additives like extracts if you like.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Cherry Cobbler in an Air Fryer?

It takes about 15 minutes to cook cherry cobbler in ramekins in an air fryer. For a single, larger pan, expect it to take between 20-25 minutes total.

Of course, you can always add additional time to achieve a darker browning on the cobbler topping, if desired.

Can I Use a Different Fruit for the Cobbler Filling?

Yes, you can definitely use different fruit for the cobbler filling. Blackberries, peaches, apples, and blueberries are all popular choices.

You can even mix different fruits together to create your own customized option.

Can I Make the Cobbler Ahead of Time and Reheat it in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can make your cobbler ahead of time and reheat it in the air fryer. You can assemble the entire dish and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours, cooking it when you’re ready.

Alternatively, do the cooking ahead of time and then place a single portion in a dish in the air fryer and reheat for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through.

Is it Possible to Make a Gluten-Free Version of Air Fryer Cherry Cobbler?

Yes, it is possible to make a gluten free version of air fryer cherry cobbler. You’ll want to swap the all purpose flour for a gluten free option, such as almond flour or cornmeal.

While typically gluten free, it’s always advisable to check ingredients like baking powder, cornstarch, or sugar to make sure they’re not receiving cross contamination during production.

Can I Use a Different Topping Instead?

Yes, you can use different topping instead of the biscuit-like batter. Prepared boxed yellow cake mix is another common choice.

You can also modify it and use oatmeal streusel topping, but then it becomes a crisp instead of a cobbler.

Pro Cooking Tips

  • If your batter gets too brown on top but isn’t fully cooked yet, you can add a piece of foil to the top to help. However, this isn’t always needed (I never do, but other air fryers may vary)
  • My cherry cobbler ramekins were perfect at 15 minutes in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. Other air fryers and sizes of cooking container will vary
  • Feel free to cool slightly and enjoy directly from the ramekin! Alternatively, use a spatula to tip it into a bowl for serving
delicious homemade air fryer cherry cobbler topped with whipped cream

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover cherry cobbler in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 6 months. You may also assemble it up to a day ahead of time and cook when you’re ready to enjoy
  • To reheat cherry cobbler, place a serving in an oven safe bowl in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. Alternatively, you may microwave on high for 45-60 seconds. It can be enjoyed cold as well, if desired

More Amazing Air Fryer Cobbler Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

I love making homemade air fryer cherry cobbler, as it’s a quick, easy, and delicious dessert (plus I’m a sucker for those juicy cherries)! The air fryer cuts cooking time in half compared to the oven, and won’t heat up your whole house, making cobbler enjoyable all year round.

While it might not be the first method that comes to mind, I encourage you to give it a try! You can choose to make perfect single serving ramekins like I did here, or use a cake pan or casserole dish for a more traditional feel. You may never go back to the oven method!

If you’re not a fan of cherries, don’t worry! You can still make a delicious air fryer dessert with all sorts of different berries you do like, or use pie filling for a shortcut that still delivers tasty results!

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Easy Air Fryer Cherry Cobbler (With Fresh or Frozen Cherries)

This air fryer cobbler is the perfect fruit-based dessert to enjoy. It’s quick and easy, coming together in under 30 minutes, with a golden brown cobbler topping that won’t make you miss the oven!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 393 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Homemade Cherry Filling

  • 2 Cups fresh or frozen cherries (pitted and halved)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tsp almond extract

For the Cobbler Topping

  • 4 Tbsp salted butter (melted)
  • ½ Cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ Cup brown sugar
  • ½ Tsp baking powder
  • ½ Cup cream or milk

Instructions
 

  • Combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and almond extract in a bowl. Mix well, and set aside
    2 Cups fresh or frozen cherries, 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, 1 ½ Tbsp cornstarch, 1 Tsp almond extract
  • In another bowl, combine butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and cream or milk, stirring until you have a relatively smooth batter (some lumps are fine)
    4 Tbsp salted butter, ½ Cup all purpose flour, ¼ Cup brown sugar, ½ Tsp baking powder, ½ Cup cream or milk
  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F and grease 4 ramekins, or another dish of your choice that fits in the air fryer
  • Add the cherries to the bottom of the dish, or divide evenly between ramekins
  • Top the layer of cherries with the cobbler batter (you do not need to spread it smoothly)
  • Place the filled ramekins into the preheated air fryer basket
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 15 minutes (or 20 if you’re using a single larger pan), or until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly
  • Cool for 5-10 minutes to allow the filling to set up slightly
  • Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream!

Notes

  • You can use any type of cherries you like. I have dark sweet cherries here. If you use a tart variety, you may want to double the sugar. You can also feel free to use pre-made canned cherry pie filling in place of fresh fruit!
  • The almond may be swapped for vanilla extract if preferred
  • All purpose flour may be swapped for whole wheat or gluten free flour, but the texture will be denser
  • If you’d like to use a bigger pan and make a larger batch, feel free to double the recipe
  • If your batter gets too brown on top but isn’t fully cooked yet, you can add a piece of foil to the top to help. However, this isn’t always needed (I never do, but other air fryers may vary)
  • My cherry cobbler ramekins were perfect at 15 minutes in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. Other air fryers and sizes of cooking container will vary
  • Feel free to cool slightly and enjoy directly from the ramekin! Alternatively, use a spatula to tip it into a bowl for serving
  • Store leftover cherry cobbler in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 6 months. You may also assemble it up to a day ahead of time and cook when you’re ready to enjoy
  • To reheat cherry cobbler, place a serving in an oven safe bowl in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through. Alternatively, you may microwave on high for 45-60 seconds. It can be enjoyed cold as well, if desired
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, any swaps or additions, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 159gCalories: 393kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3.3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 217mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 737IUVitamin C: 5.4mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 1.1mg
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