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Pioneer Cobbler

Did you know that Utah celebrates an extra little holiday? It’s called Pioneer Day, and it’s on July 24. It’s to celebrate the Pioneers making it here after so much struggle. If you would like to hear one amazing story, although there are so many more, read about the Martin Handcart Company. This Cobbler recipe is from over 100 years ago and perfect for this special holiday.

Anyway, the more I thought about the holiday approaching the more I realized that I didn’t know much about my ancestors. Both sides of my family have heavily searched out their family history, but I’ve never taken the time to know the stories and pedigrees myself. I’ve decided that must change. Our history tells us who we are, where we came from and many times gives us unseen strength to become better and strive for more in our life. You cannot help but feel inspired to be a little better when you hear the sacrifices that your family has made to be in a free country, or to survive through a hard life.

I learned about my Dad’s 4th great grandfather on his mother’s side of the family, who I was surprised to learn settled Lehi, Utah, which is where we now live. I never even realized our family had started in Utah, especially since I grew up in Washington and my dad in Oregon. So cool to think I reside in a place my ancestor worked so hard to get to, so that generations could live a better life.

Scroll to the bottom of this post if you’d like to read his story.

I’m on a mission to discover more about my past, and I would love to hear about yours. I’d love to hear any stories that you have about your own past, and if you don’t know anything, well start looking! There are so many shows out that are about discovering your past, like “Who Do You Think You Are?” and even celebrities are learning about themselves and their past. It would be amazing to see everyone start looking into their past.

Need help getting started? Family Search is fantastic, and Ancestry can also help.

This recipe comes from a great, great, great, Grandparent, and while simple, it truly is delicious. Seriously, it’s fantastic.

Is Cobbler Pie?

Cobblers are not the same thing as pies.

Pies are fruit fillings placed inside of pastry.

The pastry may be placed on the bottom and the top of the fruit, or just on top.

Cobbler is a dish consisting of a fruit or savoury filling poured into a large baking dish and covered with a batter, biscuit, or dumpling before being baked.

Can You Use Fresh Fruit In a Cobbler?

Cobbler can be made from any fruit, fresh, canned, or frozen.

Can You Use Salted Butter in Recipes Instead of Unsalted?

If you are making a recipe that calls for unsalted butter, but you only have salted butter, you can substitute the salted butter in place of unsalted.

You could leave any added salt out of the recipe to avoid a too salty product.

Pioneer Cobbler

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Pioneer Cobbler with blackberries and peaches

Pioneer Cobbler

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9


  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 Peach sliced
  • 1/2-1 Cup Blackberries
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon Sugar


  • Heat the oven to 350, and place the butter in an 8inch pan.
  • Place the pan in the oven for about 2 minutes, or until all of the butter is completely melted.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  • Whisk to combine, and add the milk.
  • Whisk again to incorporate the wet ingredients and make a smooth batter.
  • Pour the batter into the buttered pan, and top with fresh fruit.
  • Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon sugar.
  • Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve hot with fresh whipped cream.


Use whatever berries or fruit you prefer
Nutrition Facts
Pioneer Cobbler
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

“Jorgen Christopherson Folkmann was a blacksmith by trade on his native island of Bornholm, Denmark.
He was born on the 10th of September 1792. When he reached manhood
he married Gjerturd Kristine Ipsen .

Jorgen and Gjerturdwere were the parents of eight children, three boys and five girls.

Mormon missionaries arrived in Bornholm and preached at their street meetings of the restoration
of the gospel by the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Folkman family listened to their message and their
testimony. Several of Jorgen’s children were baptized. There was much opposition to the Church in
Bornholm, and Jorgen’s sons were victims of mob persecution. Jorgen was baptized on the 30 th of
December 1856, and on the 25th of April the following year he emigrated to America with his son and

They left Copenhagen on the 18th of April with a group of emigrating Saints and sailed to Hull, England,
where they transferred from the boat to railroad cars to continue their journey to Liverpool.

As Jorgen had used what means he had for the support of missionaries and for his son Peter’s
emigration and his own emigration, he was forced to travel to Utah by the cheapest means possible.
They continued their journey by handcart, which would be a most difficult mode of travel over the
rolling hills of Iowa, the sands of Nebraska, the hills of Wyoming, and up over the plateaus and through
the mountains to Salt Lake City.

Four mule teams were provided for hauling extra pro visions and the helpless and sick. But, because of
poor management, the drivers went on ahead, with no concern for the handcart company. Finally, the
company was able to scrape enough money together to buy an ox team from a passing farmer. This was
their hospital wagon, often carrying as many as 20 persons at one time. Quite a number of emigrants
took sick and many died.

The crossing of the Platte River was extremely difficult and took two days. The carts had to be emptied
and pulled across by the men, and then all of the pioneer’s belongings had to be carried across on
horses behind the Indian guides.

On the 9th of August the company reached Fort Laramie and camped there to rest for two days. They
then entered the Black Hills where wood and grass was more abundant but water was more difficult to

Jorgen ventured off on what he thought was a cutoff, hoping to find water to quench his thirst. Finally
he got on the wrong track and was lost. He walked aimlessly for three days, and found nothing to eat
but a few berries. On the evening of the second day he felt very sick and tired and made himself a bed
of dried grass and laid down to die. However, the next morning he awoke feeling better so he continued
his tramp. He came to the Platte River and waded across. On the other side he met a mountaineer and
his Indian wife. They put him in their wagon and took him to their tent and cared for him. The next day
the mountaineer caught up with the hand cart company and returned Jorgen to his family.

In spite of the problems, this company of Saints was not without hope, and consequently felt the joy
that comes from the expectation of better days. They often broke out in songs and peals of mirth.
There were also pleasures along the way. Each evening there was singing and maybe dancing around
the campfire.

On the 22nd of August, the company was met at Devil’s Gate by a supply train sent with much needed
provisions from Salt Lake City. The most difficult part of the journey was the last part up the mountain
inclines and through the narrow canyons. But they marched with a feeling of thankfulness and grand
expectations into the City of the Saints on the 13th of September, 1857. A group of these Scandinavian
Saints settled in Lehi.”


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  • I would like to recive recipe and new letter

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  • Would it be possible to make the print at least darker…yep…bad eyesight bigger would help in some spots.. Sorry.
    I do love the recipes and the stories. So glad I found it.

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    • Hi Evelyn, I wish I could but this is how the print is. However if you click the magnifying glass on your screen (usually upper right hand corner) you can make any page bigger so the text will increase in size. I hope that helps!

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  • This recipe serves how many people? (One cup per person is not clear to me. Does it serve 4, 6, 8, 10. Hope someone will respond back to me. I look forward to your response. Thanks…

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    • Hi, I responded on your other comments as well. It can serve 4-6 depending on how big of eaters you have. The old recipe plugins used to ask how big of a serving which is why it says a cup however they changed that to servings so it seems unclear now.

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  • This looks delicious, I love blackberry cobbler. That is a beautiful bowl. Do you know what pattern it is?

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    • this is not a cobbler, a cobbler is a crust in a 9X13 pan filled with blackberries with sugar and cornstarch with a crust on top….this is a cake with berries….

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      • HI Sally, This is a very old recipe, as in over 100 years old. With time recipes evolve and what we consider to be a cobbler has changed, however we feel it is important when passing down a recipe to leave the name as it was originally.

  • Peach Cobbler is my favorite dessert. But, I need a great recipe for a cobbler with pie crust instead of a cake like texture. Does anyone have a peach cobbler recipe like this?

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    • I have one with an oat or crisp like crust, but I’ve never had cobbler with a pie crust.

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    • There is a recipe on the internet that is called “The world’s best peach cobbler crust.” I have made it several times. It is wonderful! Actually, when I make it, I put half of the filling in the dish Top with half the crust, bake for about 20 minutes, top with remaining filling and crust bake til golden brown.

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      • I’ll have to google that!

  • This is almost my Great Grandmothers recipe. We use
    1 c self rising flour
    1 c sugar
    1 egg
    1 c milk
    mix these ingredients an for pour into 8×8 pan.
    add 2 c fresh fruit. Any kind. If apples or peaches add 1 teaspoon cinnamon over them.
    Cut 1 stick of butter into teaspoons and place over fruit. Bake at 350° for 45min. To 1 hour.
    We love this cobbler to this day. She was fortunate enough to live by an old mill and could get self rising flour. The mill (Cog Hill Mill) was owned by the Trew family. It was destroyed by a tornado this past April.

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    • how sad that it has been destroyed. 🙁 I’m so glad you have old recipes though. I treasure mine so much.

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  • Thanks for recipe, they sound wonderful , just like granny’s!

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  • Can’t wait to try your recipe. Blackberries, nectarines, peaches, so many wonderful fruits are ripe and ready to be used!
    Your story was interesting…especially because my father-in-law was born in Bornholm! (1908) The house has been in the family for many generations. And can be found on postcards because it has the most northern fig tree in Europe growing in the yard! Pretty funny claim to fame!
    Keep up with the wonderful stories and recipes.

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  • This recipe looks great and really quite simple, just 1 question. How much sugar, the recipe just says 3/4. Is it 3/4 cup?

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    • Linda, thanks for letting me know. It’s 3/4 cup, but although I keep fixing it it never seems to update. Thanks!!

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  • I have used this recipe for years. My mother taught it to me many years ago. I LOVE this cobbler and it works for ANY fruit you choose. NOPE, it does NOT have egg in it. It is a marvelous dish though.

    Sweet Basil, thank you for sharing one of my favorite recipes!!!

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  • how much cinnamon sugar?

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    • Hi Richard, about 1-2 tablespoons depending on what you prefer.

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  • What a great story and delicious looking recipe! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing your history 🙂

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  • I reread the recipe and didn’t see egg mentioned anywhere.

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    • Nope, no egg! I hope you enjoy it!

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  • I am going to try this recipe using frozen huckleberries and splenda instead of sugar.

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  • I have made this for years, only I use a deep pyrex bowl and we call it deep dish dessert. I have used many different fruits, but our favorites are blackberry or rhubarb. I don’t put the peach in and use two cups of whichever fruit I am using. We love it, it is so easy!

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    • That’s a great idea to bake it like that!

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  • I love a good cobbler. Just curious, is it one egg in the recipe? I don't see any eggs in the ingredient list but you mention an egg in your directions.

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  • My mom's side has been really good at family history, and I love reading through the binders of history and stories. I 'm with Barbara and Megan – I don't think I could have made it as a pioneer!! And this cobbler looks like the perfect way to celebrate the 24th!

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  • i will have to try this! Hope you had a great week

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  • Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! This one looks fantabulous! {yeah, I just said that}

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  • Barbara took me to the library to look up some of my ancestors while I was out there visiting. I learned my grandfather's name (can you believe I didn't know it???) who had died when my mom was just 6. I also learned that his father came over from Denmark. I never knew. We also the movie at the visitors center about Joseph Smith. Pioneer life wad HARD! I'm with Barbara, I'm to wimpy. But I'm not to wimpy for this cobbler. It looks delicious!

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  • What a perfect summer dessert. I think I'm way to wimpy to have been a pioneer.

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