Delicious Watermelon Cobbler

Try something new this summer, just in time for the 4th of July holiday! Alabama homesteader, cook, and entertainer Trace Barnett shares his watermelon cobbler recipe with us.

The Story

“Summer in the South is synonymous with the refreshing, juicy goodness of a fresh watermelon plucked straight from the vine. Nothing quite beats a fresh melon sprinkled with a liberal pinch of salt and enjoyed under the shade of a tree. Well, almost nothing. Watermelon, when combined with all the traditional flavors of a cobbler, essentially is summer in a bite.

Growing up, our family gatherings always featured a cobbler made from fruit from the orchard or berries from brambles outside. Sometimes they featured persimmon, prunes, or huckleberries. One year in particular was a good year for watermelon, and we had tons of them. That was the year watermelon cobbler was born, and it has been a favorite ever since.

Watermelon lends itself well to a cobbler because its sweetness is not overwhelming. In this dish, it retains its makeup but becomes slightly softer and cooks down a bit into a delectable syrup.”

— Trace Barnett

To determine if a watermelon is ripe, there are a few key indicators to look for:

  • Examine the Watermelon’s Skin: A ripe watermelon typically has a dull or matte appearance rather than a shiny or glossy one. Ripe watermelons often have a deep green color, although this may vary depending on the variety.
  • Observe the Underside of the Watermelon: The “underside” is the part of the melon that rested on the ground while growing. If it has turned from white or pale yellow to a creamy or yellowish hue, it is a good sign of ripeness.
  • Listen to the Sound of the Watermelon: Tap the watermelon lightly with your finger. If it produces a deep, hollow sound, it suggests ripeness.
  • Consider its weight: A ripe watermelon tends to feel heavy for its size. By paying attention to these factors, you can increase the likelihood of selecting a deliciously ripe watermelon.

Watermelon Cobbler (Serves 6-8)


8 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups watermelon, seeded
2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butter in baking dish and place dish in oven to allow butter to melt as it heats.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add in buttermilk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir well to combine, making sure to break apart any lumps.
  3. Remove dish from oven. Add watermelon to the melted butter and pour lemon juice over melon. Sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Pour batter over fruit and butter mixture. Return dish to oven and bake 30–45 minutes or until bubbly and nicely browned.

TIP: Substitute 4 cups of crushed blueberries or any other fruit of choice in place of watermelon.

Follow along with Trace in this video while you make your cobbler!

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