Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cleo Coyle's Chocolate Chip Cobbler

Chocolate Chip Cobbler a la mode...
Now that's eating with joy!

Cleo Coyle is author 
of the bestselling
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It all started with one of my Coffeehouse Mystery readers, Alicia Farage, who left a comment about "chocolate cobbler" on my Facebook page. (Feel free to friend me on facebook, everyone, I often post recipes on my Wall.) 

Now I'm sure some of you are familiar with these kinds of pour-over cobblers, but I had never made, eaten, or heard of chocolate cobbler before Alicia mentioned it. I researched this dish and found many versions existed: some with fruit like strawberries and bananas, others with nuts and additional ingredients and toppings. Finally, I played around with Alicia's straight chocolate recipe and created my own version, which pays tribute to one of my all-time favorite cookies, chocolate chip. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks again to Alicia for the foodie inspiration... 


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Cleo Coyle's
Chocolate Chip Cobbler


Chocolate topping
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

Cobbler batter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or block chocolate, chopped)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk

Into 9-inch cake pan
4 Tablespoons butter

Final liquid layer
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup brewed coffee (You won't taste the coffee; it works to deepen 
     the chocolate flavor -- I use the leftovers in my drip pot.)


Step 1: Create chocolate topping — Mix sugar and cocoa in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Create cobbler batter — Stir together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate), vanilla, and milk. Mix until all ingredients are well blended but do not over mix the batter or you’ll develop the gluten in the flour and toughen the end product.

Step 3: Melt butter and boil water + coffee — Place the butter in a 9-inch cake pan. Put into a preheated 350º F. oven. Once butter has melted, carefully remove pan. Place water and coffee in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.

Step 4: Assemble layers...


Into the pan with the melted butter,
pour in your cobbler batter (do not stir).

Sprinkle chocolate topping

over the batter (do not stir).

Finally, pour the hot water and coffee
mixture over it all (do not stir).

Step 5: Bake and serve — Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 350º F. Do not over cook! Cobbler is done when the batter is baked and no longer doughy. Do not bake it so long that everything in the pan hardens. Liquefied chocolate should be bubbling up through the baked cobbler like a Willy Wonka primordial swamp. (This is perfect!) While still warm and magnificently gooey, spoon into bowls, serve with ice cream or whipped cream, and...

Care for a slice?


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  1. Well, those two words sum up my morning mantra to a tee!! Gimme Chocolate Chip Cobbler is not far behind ;)

  2. Cleo, I'll be trying your version as well.....

  3. This looks fantastic! Can't wait to give it a try.


  4. Oh my goodness...oh yes, it is definitely time for some warm, rich chocolate cobbler with melting vanilla-bean ice cream. Thanks, Cleo, and thanks, Alicia and Krista!

    About the coffee: It really is amazing what a difference a little coffee can make in a chocolate recipe. As you said, you don't taste the coffee - it just enriches and enhances the chocolate. I keep a jar of espresso powder on my Spice Wall (all Velcro) to sprinkle in when I make anything chocolate. People swoon over the finished product, and they don't know why!

  5. ohh that looks sooo good. Too bad I'm on a sugar detox :(

  6. omg - you're killing me here! I can't wait to try this. Along with your coffee syrup . . .

  7. We enjoy cobblers, but add chocolate and coffee to it and I'm in heaven. Great recipes, thanks.

    Thoughts in Progress

  8. Wow...the chocolate chip cobbler recipe sounds amazing...definitely will have to give it a try!

  9. Oh. Wow. Holy chocolate dreams come true! I love chocolate and cobbler, and now the two are joined into one stupendous delight! *fainting*

  10. Oh yum! I make chocolate cobbler a few times a year, but this chocolate chip cobbler looks like a yummy version! I'll be trying it soon!

  11. Yes, I do want a slice thanks for asking:) Looks delish!

  12. Funny how this recipe keeps cropping up - I've made it for years as chocolate pudding cake. And it's very similar to the chocolate lava cake at several buffets we've been to.

  13. I'd love to be entered into the cup giveaway....and this recipe looks DIVINE!

  14. Oh... did you have to feature chocolate?? I may not be able to survive the day without getting some of this! Delicious!

    Congrats on the BookTrib feature!! Woo-hoo! Way to go, Cleo! Everybody, hop on over there. Ten autographed copies to be given away. That's fabulous!
    Love the post, Cleo, love the book! Keep 'em coming!

  15. Chocolate chip cobbler? Cobbler, in chocolate form?! SWOON!

  16. printing this out. . .if friends and family treat me nicely today, I might share. . .if not, it's definitely going to have a 'don't even think about touching this' label on it . . .

  17. That looks absolutely sinful!

  18. Recipe sounds great. Did I miss the contest ?

  19. oh my goodness! I have made my mother-in-law's peach cobbler recipe like this for year, but chocolate - we may have a new family favorite right here! Loved the book, love the series, would love a cuppa to remind me of your writing! :)

  20. A great recipe, actually both. And so easy too!!
    Definitely going into my recipes.

  21. I am always on the lookout for a cobbler recipe! I have cup size bags of frozen blackberries that would be a perfect addition. Chocolate, coffee & blackberries...yum!!

  22. My son just moved away to college...Hubbie's job ending soon...I'm turning 50 in a few months. It's past time for a chocolate fix, and this is just the ticket! Looking forward to some Chocolate Chip Cobbler a la mode, with a big ol' cup of coffee on the side. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. I'm wondering if I should share this when I make it or keep it for myself.


  24. Wow! Those are some rock 'em sock 'em pictures.
    Excellent contest, too!!!

    Must go get chocolate now...

  25. I absolutely love taking decadent desserts to work! That way, I can get a little taste (about all my tummy can stand these days) and making my coworkers LOVE me! I thin I'll do this one Friday!

  26. I'm definitely trying this out!

  27. I was thinking of making peach cobbler this week, but since I've ate most of the peaches I guess I'll just have to make this. :)

  28. Chocolate cobbler is the best! Thanks for sharing the recipes, Cleo.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

  29. That cobbler looks divine...wow. And I'd love to win the cute coffee cup! :)

  30. I think I have a new favorite cobbler. I haven't heard of this until now either.

  31. Those pictures make my mouth water O_O

  32. Thanks to EVERYONE who left comments. Starting individual replies here to...

    @girlchef -- For me it’s caffeine and chocolate— gives me that extra special buzz!

    @Alicia F – Thanks again for the chocolate inspiration!

    @Dru -- And in this case, looks are *not* deceiving. And by the way, it’s twenty-four hours later and that lovely picture (and a fond culinary memory) are all that’s left of my cobbler!

    @Michele Emrath - Thanks, Michele, I think you’ll like it. If you’re into chocolate, you’ll love it.

    @Laineshots – You are so right about the coffee and chocolate connection. Thanks, as always, for a great, insightful comment.

    @Sarah Richie -- Sugar detox! Say it isn’t so. What horrors will come next? Decaf, perhaps??? :)

    @Kaye Barley – Aw, thanks for the nice words. Wait till you see what I have up my sleeve for next week. :)

    @Mason Canyon – Agree! At our house, “coffee and chocolate” is just another way of saying heaven.

    @PoCoKat - You’re sweet reply is giving me a sugar rush. So good! :)

    @Jessica Park – Barista, hurry, get this girl a double espresso! (May not keep you from fainting but it’ll go really well with the chocolate chip cobbler.) Always great to see you stopping by our kitchen, JP.

    Stay tuned, more replies to come on Wendesday...

    Eat with joy,
    ~ Cleo
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  33. Choc.Chip Cobbler looks fabulicious! My mouth is watering. One commenter mentioned "espresso powder", I must look into that also. I'm very impressed by the 'Roast Mortem' Book Trailer because it is made by the author and not just a book publisher's PR people. Cheers.