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Apple walnut cobbler in a white baking dish.

Apple Walnut Cobbler Recipe

Inspired by the famous Houston’s Restaurant in Austin, Texas (now known as Bartlett’s), this Apple Walnut Cobbler is like upside down apple pie, because that’s exactly how you make it. The baked apple pies are then topped with a rich caramel sauce that has been accented with walnuts, which add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 servings
Calories 541kcal


For the Cobbler:

  • 2 frozen apple pies 9" diameter each, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice (from 2 lemons)

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 10 ounces California Walnuts (2 1/2 cups)


To make the Cobbler:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Carefully remove the pastry top of each pie using a sharp knife and arrange the tops inside a 9"x 13" rectangular baking dish, apple side up. (It's okay if it breaks.) Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the baking dish, overlapping if necessary, and set aside.  
  • Gently scoop out or pour the apple filling from each pie into a medium bowl. Add lemon juice, allspice, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Spoon the apple filling into the baking dish on top of the pie dough. 
  • Cover the apples with the bottom pastry of the pies, apple side down, overlapping if necessary. Cut several small slits in the dough and bake according to the pie instructions, or at 400 degrees, for 45-50 minutes, until the crust is brown and the apples are bubbling.  Remove from oven. 

To make the Topping:

  • While the cobbler is baking, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter and the brown sugar on medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture bubbles and becomes deep brown and caramel-like in consistency, about 5 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and add cinnamon, water, and walnuts. Stir to coat walnuts in the caramel. Set aside. 

To assemble the Cobbler:

  • Once cobbler is finished baking, pour hot caramel walnut mixture over the cobbler. Cut into squares and serve warm with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream. 


Recipe Notes:
Salted Caramel: Use salted better in place of unsalted if you love salted caramel. 
To thaw the pies: Frozen apple pies can thaw out on the counter or overnight in the refrigerator. Do not thaw the pies in the microwave. 


Calories: 541kcal