“Like a Hug” Berry Cobbler in a Mug

By Anna 

I acquired my love for baking when I was little, and weekends that were free of plans were always my go-to days to whip up something sweet. As my schedule has cleared up more and more due to online school, I’ve found myself with more time on my hands to bake. Although my family loves to indulge in the treats as much as I do, sometimes I find it best to make a single-sized dessert in order not to overcrowd the kitchen with my baked goods. I found this simple berry cobbler recipe back in April of 2020, and it has been a staple in my repertoire ever since. 

Step 1

Begin by grabbing a bowl of your choice and putting 4 tablespoons quick-cooking oats along with 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. If your household is like ours, oats go quickly, so a recipe like this with a small portion is very helpful. 

Step 2

Next you will want to add 4 tablespoons of your favorite type of chopped nut and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. I personally love walnuts, but we had run out so instead I included pecans, which worked perfectly.

Step 3

Mix up the crumble with a fork, and make sure all the ingredients are fully incorporated. Then, add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter. I personally prefer to cut the butter into cubes before adding them into the bowl so that the mixing portion goes smoother.

Step 4

Mix! You want the dry ingredients to be mixed thoroughly. Although your butter cubes certainly don’t have to be mushed into the mixture, smashing them with a fork across the sides of the bowls help to create a more even and tasty crust. 

Step 5

Add 1 ½  cups of frozen, mixed berries on top of the crumble mixture. There is no need to stir it into the crumble quite yet — just stick into the microwave and put it on high for 2 minutes. When the timer goes off, the berries should be much thicker.

Step 6

The last and final step! I find that the cobbler is best after letting it cool for around 10 minutes because by then the mixture tends to thicken up. Mix together the cobbler at the bottom of the bowl with the berries at the top and enjoy! When eating for dessert, adding some ice cream on top adds a sweet aspect, but if eaten in the morning, eating the cobbler alone or with yogurt is just as delicious.

That’s it! I encourage everyone reading to try out this recipe — it’s not too sweet, it’s very filling, relatively mess free, and delicious! It’s just “like a hug” — warm and wonderfully comforting.

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