Cherry Mug Cobbler is easy and delicious. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free and simple to make because it uses commonly found ingredients. The recipe is simple and also quick because it comes together in just a minute or two, and then cooks in another couple of minutes. If you have the ingredients on hand, you can have a piping hot, single-serving of cherry cobbler in no time.
Cherry Mug Cobbler is Easy and Delicious
First, mug cakes of any kind are so easy to make and cook up incredibly fast. This recipe is no different.
Second, they’re super fast and easy to make!
Wait, did I say cake? This is actually a cobbler. What exactly is a cobbler, though?
What is a Cobbler?
According to John Russell Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms a cobbler is: “A sort of pie, baked in a pot lined with dough of great thickness, upon which the fruit is placed; according to the fruit, it is an apple or a peach cobbler.”
“Great thickness.” So this here is not a pie, or a cake … it’s a cobbler. The dough on the top is almost cake-like because I used pancake mix. That was pretty much the texture I was going for.
If this mug cake talk got you thinking about them you might like my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mug Cake for Two which is the perfect size for you and a friend, or this Sweet Potato Banana Mug Cake, which is refined sugar-free if you’d like it that way.
I discovered the delectable ease of mug cakes (or cobblers!) only recently. It’s incredibly tempting to whip one up every night after dinner because it takes literally just minutes to have a freshly made dessert. Pros and cons, amirite? Oh, but look how succulent and tasty …
Cherry Pie Filling
The main attraction as far as ingredients go is simple cherry pie filling. Canned is what’s called for here. Just the ooey, gooey, bright red canned stuff that’s super sweet. This is a mug cobbler so you’re not supposed to start with fresh cherries!
Any Mug Will Do … Just Use a Big One!
And any mug will do. I used one that’s a little larger than a regular coffee cup … maybe 10 or 12 ounces. The mug cobbler will puff up while cooking so there does need to be a little space at the top for the cobbler dough to rise a bit, at least an inch.
Use a Microwave Safe Mug
Just make sure your mug is microwave safe because if you don’t it could overheat and cause a burn when you pick up the mug!
I used a mug that I thrifted/garage-saled pre-Covid. It’s a big white one that looks like restaurant china but it’s also thick and super heavy. It’s made of a ceramic that looks and feels like stone but isn’t … like marble or something. Weird.
Who else loves garage sales and treasure hunting? It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to when things go back to “normal.”
To begin, just a little lemon juice is stirred into the cherry pie filling. I’ve actually made this with and without the lemon juice. If you don’t have the lemon juice just make this anyway and don’t worry about it because it’s tasty either way. Use it if you have it. It does cut the super sweetness of the filling just a little.
A little dollop of plant-based whipped cream, some coconut milk, or vegan ice cream will take this over the top. I added some vegan whipped cream here but because it melted before I could get a good pic it’s hard to tell. Still delicious!
Cherry Mug Cobbler Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Recipe
Spoon the cherry pie filling into a 10 or 12-ounce mug.
Stir the lemon juice into the cherry pie filling.
In a small bowl, stir together the gluten-free pancake mix, vanilla, and plant-based milk. Optionally, add a tablespoon of melted vegan butter to these ingredients and mix. Stir with a spoon or fork until well incorporated.
Sprinkle the brown sugar and oats on top and then microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Start with 1 minute and then microwave in 30-second increments until the pancake mix has reached the desired firmness.
Serve plain or with vegan whip cream or ice cream!