Jamie Mack’s Spiced Apple Cobbler

Discover the delightful taste of Jamie Mack’s Spiced Apple Cobbler, featured in Edible Sacramento Fall 2023 issue. Serving 8 to 10, this cobbler stands out with its thick, satisfying crust made from grated frozen butter, offering a unique and extra yummy texture. The filling combines Granny Smith apples with a blend of melted butter, vanilla, sugars, and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice for a rich, comforting flavor. The perfectly balanced sweet and spiced apple filling paired with the buttery, flaky crust makes this dessert a must-try. Perfect for family gatherings or cozy nights in, Jamie Mack’s Spiced Apple Cobbler promises to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Jamie Mack’s Spiced Apple Cobbler

Recipe by Jamie Mack. Mack shared with Edible Sacramento her spiced apple cobbler recipe. It’s the thick, satisfying crust (made with grated frozen butter) that makes it special and extra yummy.
Course Dessert
Servings 8


For the filling:

  • 2½-3 pounds Granny Smith apples (or other pie varietal), peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup 1½ sticks butter, frozen and grated
  • A few tablespoons water, as needed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For filling, spread apples in bottom of a 7×11-inch or a 9-inch square casserole dish. Combine melted butter and extract, then pour over apples. Combine remaining filling ingredients and sprinkle evenly over apples. Set aside.

For crust:

  • In large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together sugar, flour, brown sugar, and baking powder. Using hands or mixer’s paddle attachment, add grated frozen butter. Be careful not to melt butter. Texture should be crumbly. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture holds together.
  • Take small balls of crust dough in hands and smash flat. Repeat and lay smashed dough balls on top of apple mixture like cobblestones until apples are completely covered. Be sure to use all dough.
  • Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees F or until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool a little bit before serving. Serve warm and enjoy.