Peach cobbler is one of the South’s greatest delicassies, and nothing can be better in the summer months than a delicious piece topped with ice cream or cool whip. If you’re a fan of this peachy dessert, you’ll love trying these variations to spice up your sweets. They’re perfect for entertaining and are sure to be a hit with your guests or just with your family at home. Start with your favorite peach cobbler recipe and add one of these fun twists!
1. Peaches & Cream
Try adding mascarpone among the peaches for a delicious peaches and cream cobbler. Make sure your dollops aren’t too big, and add a bit of extra flour to ensure that the cobbler remains intact.
2. Almond Extract
Almond extract is a natural complement to the sweet, fruity flavors of peach cobbler. If you want to add depth and interest to the flavor of your dish, just a teaspoon of this will easily do the trick.
3. Vanilla, Honey, and Lavender
These 3 ingredients give an air of elegance and a scrumptious aroma to your traditional peach cobbler. Just a couple teaspoons of vanilla, a couple tablespoons of honey, and half a teaspoon of lavender (be careful not to have too much!) add sophistication to your dish. The vanilla flavor also makes this variation the perfect complement to vanilla ice cream.
4. Crunchy Topping
To give your peach cobbler some extra crunch on top, add this topping. Sprinkle quaker oats, a mix of white and brown sugar, and just a tablespoon or two of melted butter to the top before baking. Just that little bit is enough to add a slight crisp that you’ll love.
5. Peach & Blueberry
When blueberries are ripe and in season, they are the perfect fruit to pair with peaches in a cobbler. Replace about a third of the peach in your recipe with blueberries, and you’ll have a delightful summery concoction.
6. Peach & Banana
Switch out one peach for a banana and you’ll have this delightful variation on the old favorite. This dessert is comfort food to the max. Add toasted pecans and cool whip to the top to make it even more delicious.
Try soaking your peaches in bourbon before adding them into your cobbler for a fun, but subtle twist. You can also use brandy or a dark rum if you prefer.
Ginger is the perfect accent to any peach cobbler, but is particularly good for those with other fruits mixed in. Ground ginger or crystallized ginger can be used to spice up your cobbler.
9. Maple Syrup
Adding a quarter cup of maple syrup to your cobbler recipe in place of some sugar adds a rich dimension to the dish. It pairs perfectly with a crushed walnut topping, too.
10. Butterscotch Caramel
This variation is sure to please any sweet tooth with its rich combination of flavors. Simmer the peaches in a butterscotch syrup and the sauce will thicken up like a delicious caramel. Yum!
Lanie Adams is a Southern girl (who is a little too fond of peach cobbler!) and a contributing blogger for Presidents’ Quarters Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district.