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Cherry-Almond Sugar Cookie Cobbler

cherry-almond sugar cookie cobbler Dessert
Cherry-Almond Sugar Cookie Cobbler
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 12

Easy elegance is what this dessert is all about. Dark, sweet cherries get baked under an almond-sugar cookie crust and served with a warm vanilla cream sauce for a cobbler that brings the best of summer to the table, any time of the year. That’s right, this recipe is made with frozen sweet cherries and utilizes a couple of other clever shortcuts—the “easy” part! There’s no pitting involved when you use frozen cherries and the sugar cookie crust starts with Betty’s quick mix. Folding cream cheese and chopped almonds into the sugar cookie dough makes them extra moist and flavorful, but the best part is that this crust doesn’t need to be rolled out. Just drop balls of cookie dough on top of the cherries, and you’ll be ready to bake. There’s always time for dessert with this recipe at the ready! MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 17, 2019
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
Make with
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

Ingredients

Topping

1
pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup butter, softened
2
oz (from 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1
egg
1/2
cup coarsely chopped almonds

Filling

1 1/4
cups granulated sugar
1/4
cup cornstarch
8
cups frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed
1
teaspoon almond extract
1
tablespoon coarse sparkling sugar

Vanilla Sauce

1/3
cup granulated sugar
4
teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2
cups half-and-half
2
tablespoons butter
1
teaspoon vanilla

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir cookie mix, 1/2 cup softened butter, the cream cheese and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in almonds. Set aside.
  • 3
    In 4-quart saucepan, mix 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar and 1/4 cup cornstarch. Stir in cherries. Cook over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in almond extract. Pour into baking dish. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls evenly over filling (some cherries will show). Sprinkle coarse sparkling sugar on tops of cookie dough.
  • 4
    Bake 30 to 34 minutes or until cookies are golden brown and edges of fruit filling are bubby. Cool 15 minutes before serving.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, mix 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 4 teaspoons cornstarch. Stir in half-and-half until smooth. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil about 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Expert Tips

  • No time to make vanilla sauce? Serve cobbler with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make portioning cookie dough even faster and more consistent.
  • Sparkling sugar gives your sugar cookie crust an elevated look. Sparkling sugar can usually be found in the cake decorating section of most large grocery stores. If you don’t have it or don’t wish to purchase, granulated sugar works, too.
  • There are two types of cherries: sweet and sour. Sour cherries are sometimes called pie cherries, because that’s where they really shine. Sweet cherries are great for eating fresh and taste fantastic in this cobbler.
  • Cobblers are deep-dish fruit desserts typically featuring a thick crust—usually made of biscuit dough. Some versions are enclosed in a crust, while others have biscuit or crumb topping. Cobblers fall into the same family of desserts as: crisps, crumbles, betties, grunts, slumps, pandowdies and fools. All are easy to throw together and feature fruit.
  • The warm vanilla sauce in this recipe is similar to crème anglaise—a rich custard sauce served with desserts like cake—but much easier to make. While crème anglaise features egg yolks, which can easily curdle, this sauce is more stable, which means you can keep it warm without worrying about separation.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 3/4 Cup Cobbler and 2 Tablespoons Sauce
Calories
530
Calories from Fat
180
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
31%
Saturated Fat
10g
51%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
55mg
19%
Sodium
240mg
10%
Potassium
300mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
82g
27%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Sugars
61g
Protein
5g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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