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Best Fresh Huckleberry Cobbler Recipe

You’ve got to make our easy huckleberry cobbler with fresh fruit and topped with a crumble topping complete with honey roasted nuts today! Best dessert and one of our favorite huckleberry recipes for dessert yet.

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Huckleberries are here! They’re the state fruit of Idaho (where we live) so we’re lucky enough to pick them fresh, or buy some in Boise Idaho. Try our huckleberry cobbler and let us know what you think! Sponsored by Albertsons. (affiliate links present)

How to Make Huckleberry Crisp

There are two ways we have made this. You can make the one you see on top, or include more of a cake like topping with our Bisquick cobbler recipe. You’ll want to freeze the berries you have before adding them to this. That way they will hold up a bit better and not break down as easily.

If we’re lucky enough to go for a drive in July and pick them we have a yummy time! Have you been yet? This is what it looks like in case you encounter some on a hike. The deeper the color the sweeter they are.

huckleberry bush

What can you make with fresh huckleberries?

Most of the time we will bake huckleberry muffins with these. Tossed with a bit of flour so they don’t sink to the bottom it is a fun breakfast or dessert idea with berries. You can fold them into pancake batter, make jam out of them or make into an Old Fashioned treat like this one.

We live in Idaho where these bushes are abundant. We can find them and just pick away! Many times I will enjoy half and freeze the rest. If I don’t have time for this though it’s great to know that I can buy some at Albertsons each year. They’re a great snack for sure. BUT…..I wanted to make some huckleberry recipes with these and dessert is where I started. 😉

Where do huckleberries grow best?

The require elevations of from 2,000 to 11,000 feet. Most prevalent they’re in the Northwestern United States and Canada, mainly in states such as; Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

Are huckleberries in season?

Peak season occurs between mid-August to mid-September. We have gone in mid July and found a decent amount too though in Northern Idaho, Sandpoint area.

Can you eat raw huckleberries?

It isn’t recommended as some varieties can be poisonous. If you definitely know which ones are safe right off the bush then by all means you could and they are delicious. Once cooked or baked though all are safe to eat.

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Huckleberry Cobbler Ingredients

Using fresh fruit to make any dessert just brings it to a whole new level if you ask me, so when huckleberries are in season….NOW! 

  1. Fresh huckleberries – I found mine at Albertsons on Broadway in Boise, Idaho
  2. Brown sugar
  3. Lemon juice – I prefer fresh squeezed
  4. Flour
  5. Vanilla
  6. NutsHoney roasted pecans worked great
  7. Butter
  8. Sugar
  9. Old Fashioned Oats
  10. Baking dish – I used my 1.5 quart oval pan
  11. If you wanted to use this crumb topping for muffins vs. the oat mixture listed you could. Just add it 10 minutes before it’s done so it doesn’t burn.

I went straight to the idea of making a sort of huckleberry crisp or cobbler of sorts since my husband’s aunt made one in the past and it was amazing!

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How do you know when huckleberries are ripe?

They ripen in mid to late summer and can be found in red, blue or black colors. Perfection is when they are slightly soft when gently squeezed. If they are still firm or hard, they need more time to ripen. The taste sweet with a slight tartness. If they taste too sour or bitter, they are not fully ripe.

You can see the batch I found, they look like a deep blue or purple I’d say. 😉 It was the perfect amount for both creations, but if you had a larger crowd to feed you could easily double this recipe.

I feel like nuts are necessary to top any type of cobbler dessert but that is totally up to you as well. Walnuts or pecans are best, honey roasted chopped pecans are my favorite if you ask me. Serve this quick and easy dessert warm with vanilla ice cream on top too if you want.

Want to mix something else with this? Like we did with our Leftover cranberry apple cobbler you could add half peeled and sliced apples into the mix too!

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Huckleberry Cobbler with Cake Mix

You would want to use 1 box cake mix + 1 can pie filling (blueberry works great) + about 2 cups of these with the juice to make it this cheater way. Follow our Easy Dump Peach Cobbler for more detailed directions on this one.

Tip: When mixing your berry mixture remember to gently mix it together in a large bowl. You want the berries to stay in tact and don’t break apart. Secondly, the fresher the better to make this or our fresh tart cherry crisp recipe.

If you purchase huckleberries that have been picked a while ago and have been sitting in a bowl on the store produce shelf for a while they will be softer. Also, your overall end result will be a bit looser because the berries aren’t as firm. Your best bet with this is to drain the liquid, and then measure them out.

Or our fresh fruit easy puff pastry fruit strudel for dessert are great to try too. We used blackberries but any fresh fruit could be used.

puff pastry strudel

What’s your favorite use for huckleberries?

If you enjoyed this fresh huckleberry cobbler recipe, you will enjoy these other ones below with produce in them. I bought about 3 pounds last time because I wanted to make this and some huckleberry jam in my pressure cooker as well. 😉 Let us know below how else you use this delicate fruit in desserts.

I show you my shopping experience here and all the wonderful huckleberry goodies they have in the produce section where these containers are.


How do you thicken huckleberry cobbler?

Flour is the key. That is why it is listed as an ingredient. It coats the berries and acts as a thickener to combine with the juices that will be released when baked. That way you will get an almost pie filling consistency to it. It will also thicken as it cools so keep that in mind.

Time needed: 35 minutes

Huckleberry Cobbler Recipe

  1. Mix ingredients

    Rinse fruit and lay on paper towels to remove excess water. Put into a small bowl with 1/2 cup sugar to 3/4 c. (depends on how sweet you want it, remember these are a bit sour). Add lemon juice and flour. Gently incorporate together.

  2. Preheat oven

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. Make crisp

    In a bowl put room temperature butter, flour, oats, and brown sugar. Incorporate well using a fork.

  4. Bake

    Pour berry mixture into baking dish topped with oat flour mixture. Sprinkle with nuts now if you’d like. Bake for 30 minutes to 40 min. or until it is golden brown on top.

  5. Cool

    Remove and place on cooling rack for at least 15 minutes to stiffen up a bit before serving.

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Huckleberry Cobbler

You’ve got to make our easy huckleberry cobbler with fresh fruit and topped with a crumble topping complete with honey roasted nuts today! Best dessert ever. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cobbler, crisp, dessert, fruit, huckleberry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 236kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Gently rinse huckleberries and spread on paper towels to absorb excess water. Gently mix these with your white sugar, your 3 tbs of flour, vanilla and lemon juice. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In another bowl put room temp. butter in with your brown sugar, 1/3 c flour, old fashioned oats and mix well with a fork until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Pour berry mixture into an 8×8 pan topped with oats mixture evenly and then sprinkle with your pecans (or any other type of roasted nuts).
  • Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until berries are bubbling and top mixture is slightly golden brown.
  • Take out and put on a cooling rack until completely cooled. It will thicken as it sits so it is best to allow at least 30 minutes to cool off.
  • Serve!
Nutrition Facts
Huckleberry Cobbler
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuesday 27th of August 2019

I think milk or something similar is missing. Mine was incredibly dry.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

I definitely wouldn't use milk and don't understand what part you thought was dry, ours is always nice and juicy from the berries. Unless your berries were dried out and not really fresh I am unsure why you'd say it was dry at all.


Saturday 15th of September 2018

that looks so good! Gotta try to make it! Thank you for sharing

Duck life

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Amazing dessert. I am very impressed with this dessert.


Tuesday 28th of August 2018

We don't really get huckleberries around here, but I have some relatives who make huckleberry jam and send it our way occasionally and it's SO good. I'd definitely be all over this cobbler!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I've had them straight off the tree before too and they're great. You can find them here in Boise at Albertsons, hope you can come across them as well and try this. We made homemade jam with what I had left and I am posting that recipe tomorrow, that was delicious as well. ;)

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