Dive spoon-first into this gooey Pecan Pie Cobbler Recipe! A cross between fluffy caramel cake and sweet pecan pie, this pecan cobbler is made with a secret ingredient for the most decadent easy dessert you’ll ever make. Served with vanilla bean ice cream, it’s a showstopping treat perfect for the holidays!
Why We Love This Pecan Pie Cobbler Recipe
Pecan pie is one of our favorite Thanksgiving staples. After all, it’s nutty, sweet, and warms you from the inside out. Nothing says the holiday season is here quite like a warm bite of pie. So, turning it into an easy-to-make cobbler recipe that can be enjoyed all year seemed like a no-brainer! Unlike the time-consuming, detail-oriented process of making a pie from scratch, this pecan cobbler requires minimal prep and very little cleanup. Soon to be a family favorite, it’s:
- Made in one dish.
- Fully baked in 35 minutes.
- Bursting with a gooey butter filling.
- Topped with nuts and toffee bits for the perfect crunch.
- Guaranteed to have your guests begging for more!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Not your typical cobbler recipe, our version uses a secret ingredient for the easiest, most failproof dessert you’ll ever make. Take a look at everything you’ll need below.
- Pancake Mix – Not what you might expect to see in a pecan cobbler recipe, utilizing pancake mix is our secret weapon to baking the fluffiest treats with minimal work. It makes for a great flour substitute and adds just a little extra flavor.
- Brown Sugar – Using brown sugar allows for an ultra-rich, caramel-like flavor without the need for corn syrup as found in many pecan pie recipes!
- Baking Powder – This makes for the fluffiest cobbler.
- Cinnamon – We love a dash of cinnamon for just a little extra hint of sweetness.
- Vanilla Extract – This takes your pecan cobbler to the next level!
- Whole Milk – We found that using whole milk in place of lower-fat milk makes a world of difference when it comes to creating a decadent taste.
- Butter – Added to the bottom of the baking dish, butter makes for the richest, softest, most irresistible dessert.
- Pecan – You can’t have pecan pie cobbler without the pecans! They’re added to the batter and sprinkled on top.
- Toffee Bits – These help add a little extra crunch for a truly unique treat.
- Hot Water – This locks in moisture without altering the flavor of the recipe.
How to Make the Easiest Pecan Cobbler Recipe
Unlike traditional pie recipes that take hours in the kitchen, this pecan cobbler is ready in under an hour! Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be in and out of the kitchen with the best dessert in hand in no time.
- Preheat your oven.
- Combine the dry ingredients. Then, stir in the milk and vanilla.
- Melt the butter, and pour it into a baking pan.
- Scoop the cobbler batter into a pan, flattening it with a spatula.
- Sprinkle the pecans on top followed by brown sugar and toffee bits.
- Pour the hot water on top, being careful not to mix!
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove the pecan pie cobbler from the oven, let it cool, and enjoy!
Looking for something different? Try out these simple variations!
Chocolate Chips. Replicate the flavor of chocolate pecan pie by replacing the toffee with chocolate chips for a gooey, decadent taste.
Walnut Cobbler. If you’re not a fan of pecans, replace them with walnuts instead!
Gluten-Free Pie Cobbler. Need a gluten-free recipe? Feel free to swap out the traditional pancake mix with your favorite gluten-free version! It’ll taste just as great.
How Do I Keep My Pecan Cobbler from Seeping?
You don’t! That’s what makes this recipe so delicious. Once flattened in the baking dish, the batter will cause the butter to flow out the sides and spread on top. Don’t worry, this is what creates the soft, gooey center you’re going to absolutely adore.
Of course, you can serve this pecan pie cobbler straight from the baking dish. However, when preparing it for guests, we like to get a little fancy with these serving suggestions instead:
Scoop Portions into Mugs. This makes for fun handheld desserts that are easy to hold and perfect for taking on the go.
Use Wine Glasses. For an Instagram-worthy presentation, scoop the pecan cobbler into your favorite stemmed wine glasses, and add a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Don’t Forget the Ice Cream! There’s nothing better than warm pecan cobbler topped with cold scoops of indulgent vanilla bean ice cream.
Make Ahead Options
Should I keep my pecan cobbler refrigerated? Yes, for the best results, you’ll want to keep this dessert refrigerated, just like a standard pecan pie. When covered, it will keep fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze this pecan cobbler recipe? You sure can! First, be sure to let it cool completely. Then, make sure it is tightly covered, and keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To Reheat: Be sure to thaw leftovers in the fridge overnight. Then, warm it in the oven at 325° Fahrenheit until the desired temperature is reached.
More Pecan-Filled Desserts
Can’t get enough pecans? Join the club, and try out some more of our favorite treats!
- Just when you thought pecan pie couldn’t get any better, we created this Deep Fried Pecan Pie for an out-of-this-world crispy delicious dessert.
- This Pecan Pie Croissant Bread Pudding combines two of our favorite recipes into one drool-worthy recipe.
- We adore this Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread for an easy-to-make sweet!
Easy Pecan Pie Cobbler Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups pancake mix
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup butter (melted)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the pancake mix, dark brown sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. Then, add in the vanilla extract and milk, and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix!
- Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. Once melted, pour it into the bottom of an 11×6 baking dish.
- Scoop the prepared batter into the buttered baking dish. Use a spatula to smooth it out. It's okay if some of the butter flows over the batter.
- Sprinkle the pecans on top, dispersing them evenly. Then, add a layer of brown sugar followed by the toffee bits.
- Pour the hot water on top. Do not mix!
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or unitl golden brown on top. Let cool for a few minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!
sounds delicious! you don’t say how much water to pour on top!!
It’s 1 1/2 cups hot water!
This was great! I was just scrolling through looking for something different for a family dinner and this was a big hit! Already have requests to make it again! Thank for sharing.
Why the passive aggression? You do realize that if you’d read the recipe properly first, you might’ve noticed it in time?
This is delicious, used just a light sprinkle of brown sugar on the topping instead of the 3/4 cup it calls for. A definite do over❤
What size baking dish do I use?
This baking dish is 1 1/2 quart, about an 11 x6 x3.5
Can I pre make this and just reheat when ready to eat? Planning it as a desert for a dinner party.
Absolutely! To reheat, bake at 350 degrees F. for about 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
I’ve never made your recipes but found you on Instagram. Your videos are so clean and engaging. I just pulled down 5 recipes that look delicious and perfect for the holidays. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you! Let us know if you give anything a try!
The instructions for the “print” recipe is missing step 3 from the recipe on this post (scoop the batter). I printed this in an effort to save time rather than looking at the screen. Totally jacked up the recipe. I imagine it’s delicious when all of the steps are there and it’s prepared correctly.
Hi Jen, so sorry this happened. We caught the mistake and it is added in step 4. You may have printed it before the adjustment?! So sorry about this!
So disappointed that you never write in the recipe when to put the batter in the pan. So, of course, I put in the pecans and brown sugar before the batter. It’s correct in the video but by the time I figured it out I couldn’t fix it.
Oh no, we are so sorry about that 🙁 We adjusted the written recipe.
How should I store the left overs?
Once cooled, refrigerate in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can warm it up back in the microwave.