Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler

Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year, is just two days away! Our grandchildren will be here this evening, our daughter is driving down tomorrow and everyone else comes in on Thursday morning. This year, we’re having all of BeeBop’s family, minus only his youngest sister, with us for Thanksgiving. They rarely all get together in one place at the same time, so I’m hoping it will be a special treat for them. I just know it’s going to be a great day.

I have the menu all planned, the groceries all purchased, the tables all set and the camera battery charged! The only thing I can’t decide on is one last dessert. I’m making a classic pumpkin pie and my Pecan Cheesecake Pie, which are both delicious, but I need just one more thing. And I think this Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler might just be perfect. It’s quick and easy to make and is really scrumptious. It has three luscious layers – apple pie on the bottom, soft gingerbread in the middle and a crunchy pecan streusel on top. Yum!

Let me warn you, though, that this recipe uses pre-packaged ingredients (gasp!). Yes, a boxed mix and canned pie filling (double-gasp!). I’ll probably have my official food blogger card revoked and get kicked out of a couple of food blogger groups for this, but you know what? I don’t see a thing wrong with it. So what if the ingredients are already measured and boxed for me and the pie filling is cooked and canned. That saves me loads of time that I could spend with my family instead. But, if you want to make up your own gingerbread and peel apples for hours and cook up your own pie filling, please do.

Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler Box Mix

This recipe really couldn’t be simpler to put together. Start by measuring out two cups of the gingerbread mix.

Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler Box Mix

Stir that together with 3/4 cup of water until you have a smooth mixture. Set it aside for now.

Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler cutting in butter

Next, mix together the remaining gingerbread mix and the brown sugar. Cut in 1/4 cup of butter until you have a crumbly mixture. Stir in the pecans. Also set that aside for now.

Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler cook filling

Combine the two cans of apple pie filling and the remaining 1/4 cup butter in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted and the filling is thoroughly heated.

Assemble Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler

Now, assemble the cobbler in a greased 11×7 baking dish. Simply pour the hot pie filling mixture into the dish.

Assemble Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler

Top the filling evenly with the gingerbread.

Assemble Gingerbread-Apple Cobbler

Sprinkle the pecan mixture evenly on the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Serve warm with ice cream.


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Layers of apple pie filling, soft gingerbread and crunchy pecan streusel combine in this easy to prepare, family friendly dessert.
  • 1 package gingerbread mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 (21-oz.) cans apple pie filling
  • Vanilla ice cream
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Stir together 2 cups gingerbread mix and ¾ cup water until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Stir together remaining gingerbread mix and brown sugar.
  4. Cut in ¼ cup butter until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Stir in chopped pecans. Set aside.
  6. Combine apple pie filling and remaining ¼ cup butter in a large saucepan.
  7. Cook, stirring often, over medium heat until butter is melted and filling is thoroughly heated.
  8. Lightly grease an 11x7 baking pan.
  9. Spoon hot pie filling mixture into the baking pan.
  10. Spoon gingerbread mixture evenly over hot apple mixture.
  11. Sprinkle with pecan mixture.
  12. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set.
  13. Serve with ice cream.
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  1. says

    Oh my this looks fabulous. You seem all prepared and ready to go i think this addition to the desserts you already have sounds fabulous. I am sure nobody will notice it is prepackaged :)

    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

    • says

      The combination of the gingerbread with the apples was really amazing. Plus the crunchy pecan streusel on top just really took it to another level. We completely enjoyed this recipe!

  2. says

    I trust your judgement; adding some convenience to dishes that still taste fantastic is no reason for you to lose your card carrying membership anywhere. Just no canned cranberry sauce please???

    I make a holiday cake using a cake mix and pudding; it’s far too good to not put on my blog and believe me, many readers have been most happy it’s there, cake mix and all.

    • says

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Barb. I know that there are those who would never, ever use a boxed mix, but I have no problem at all taking a little help from the grocery store. I’d’ love to see the recipe for your holiday cake. I’ll just bet it’s delicious.

  3. says

    Oh my goodness, why didn’t I think of this??? I love gingerbread and I love apples so I KNOW that I am going to love this as well!! Oh, and just so you know one of the pastry chefs I studied under said “boxed mixes are just fine for baking cakes” – so there!!!!

    • says

      Really, Nancy?? I am so glad to know that. I have so many “convenience” recipes but rarely post of them because people seem to label them as not being “real cooking.” Thanks for our very kind comment.

  4. says

    This cobbler is lovely! I definitely don’t mind using boxed mixes…and this is just about the most clever way to use a boxed mix that I’ve ever seen! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. says

    Official food blogger card…cute! I have on problem with pre-packaged ingredients. It’s what Sandra Lee calls “semi homemade,” right? Have a great Thanksgiving, Lana!


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