Chocolate Pecan Cobbler

Chocolate Pecan Cobbler is a simple layered dessert that is rich, buttery, chocolatey, and melts in your mouth delicious!

This simple recipe uses a layered technique that results in a perfect cobbler. Simple enough for a weeknight dessert yet fancy enough for company. 

Pecan Cobbler uses all simple pantry ingredients and comes together in minutes. It’s a cross between a chocolate cake and a hot fudge sundae—a classic southern dessert.

Chocolate Pecan Cobbler in a white bowl with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and text overlay.

Why You’ll Love this Easy Cobbler Recipe

  • This cobbler has been around for decades. It’s warm, comforting, and the ultimate dessert. It magically transforms in the oven into a cracked crust with a warm gooey pudding hidden at the bottom of the dish. Perfect any time of the year, but best on a chilly night when you’re tucked into a warm blanket.
  • It’s easy.
  • You can make it any time of the year.
  • It feeds a crowd.

Homemade Strawberry Cobbler has a crispy crust and a deliciously sweet strawberry filling. Perfect for a weekend dessert or a potluck. Fast to make and delicious to eat.

Chocolate Cobbler in a white bowl with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and text overlay.

Ingredients 

Chocolate Pecan Cobbler is made with basic ingredients. 

  •  butter
  • sugar
  • flour
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • brown sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • pecans, chopped
  • hot (simmering) water
  • Toppings: pecans and vanilla ice cream

How to Make this Chocolate Cobbler

For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

Steps for making Chocolate Cobbler with text overlay.

Layer 1. Melt butter.

Layer 2. Stir together granulated sugar, flour, and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Pour over butter.

Layer 3. Combine brown sugar and remaining cocoa powder and pecans. Sprinkle over the batter.

Layer 4. Slowly pour hot water carefully over the top.

Bake.

The Best Southern Peach Cobbler is loaded with fresh peaches, brown sugar, and cinnamon and is topped with a delightfully crunchy crust.

This dessert is great on its own and is for you if you’re a chocolate fan. A dessert you will undoubtedly want to keep in your recipe file. 

How to Serve Chocolate Pecan Cobbler

 To serve: spoon some into a bowl, add the chocolate sauce from the bottom of the dish, and top with vanilla ice cream. Instantly satisfies a sweet tooth. So what are you waiting on? Grab a spoon and dig in!

How to Store Leftover Cobbler

If you find yourself with any leftover cobbler, store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Cover the dish with plastic wrap or store in an air-tight container. 

Tips for Success:

*Use whole milk and real butter (not margarine).

*Once you pour the ingredients into the casserole dish, don’t stir.

*Water should be very hot- almost boiling.

*The hot water that’s poured over the dish creates a thick fudge-like layer of goodness.

*Allow the dessert to rest for at least 15 minutes before scooping and eating. This allows the filling to thicken up before serving.

*The cobbler is done with a fluffy cake-like crust and a chocolate sauce bottom.

*It will jiggle slightly when it comes out of the oven. It should be ooey-gooey.

*Swap the pecans for walnuts, almonds, or cashews if desired.

Chocolate Pecan Cobbler in a white bowl with text overlay.

Toppings for the Cobbler

This cobbler is excellent on its own, but adding some toppings is always great.

*Vanilla Ice Cream is always a delicious topping. Actually, it’s fantastic.

*Add some chopped pecans or walnuts to the top.

*Add some maraschino cherries-the same kind you would add to the top of your ice cream. Chocolate and cherries always go together.

Recipe FAQs

Yes. Walnuts would work just fine for this recipe.

No. That’s the beauty of this recipe. You do not stir the layers. It’s like magic happens in the oven.

For More One Dish Desserts:

Southern Peach Cobbler

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Brownie Trifle

Banana Pudding

Chocolate Pecan Cobbler in a bowl with ice cream and syrup.

Chocolate Pecan Cobbler

Gina Abernathy
Chocolate Pecan Cobbler is a simple layered dessert that is rich, buttery, chocolatey, and melts in your mouth delicious!
5 from 29 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder divided
  • cups pecans chopped
  • 2 cups hot (simmering) water

Toppings:

  • pecans and vanilla ice cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • While the oven is preheating, add butter to a 9×13 casserole dish, and place it in the oven to melt-about 3-4 minutes. Once melted, remove the dish and set it aside.
  • Stir together granulated sugar, flour, and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour batter mixture over butter. Do Not mix the butter with the batter.
  • Combine brown sugar and remaining cocoa powder and pecans. Sprinkle over the batter.
  • Slowly pour hot water carefully over the top. Do Not stir.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cobbler is set on top.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and chopped pecans, if desired.

Notes

Note: After 35-40 minutes, the top will be cracked, and the center will be slightly jiggly. Allow to set and cool for 15 minutes before serving. This allows the center to thicken. 
Serve this Chocolate Pecan Cobbler with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent treat! This rich chocolate dessert is definitely a crowd-pleaser. 
Keyword Chocolate Pecan Cobbler

29 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe, sweet, decadent and with plenty of texture – just what you need on a cold autumn evening…

  2. 5 stars
    I love traditional pecan cobbler, and your version just took it to a whole other level with the chocolate added! Decadent & so yummy!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow! This recipe really delivered! Made with all my favorite flavors, it was easy to prepare and everyone really loved it!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a great cobbler recipe! I swapped the dairy ingredients with plant-based ingredients and it worked out well! So delish – thank you for sharing.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve only tried a fruit cobbler before. But I’m a sucker for any dessert with chocolate and pecan. Looking forward to trying your recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely beautiful perfect dessert! I also really loved toppings: crisp pecans and creamy vanilla ice cream. Thanks for the recipe!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating