Chocolate Pecan Cobbler

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus 4 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Caramel Whipped Cream, recipe follows
  • Ice cream and chopped pecans, for serving
  • Caramel Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons caramel syrup
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the butter in an 8 by 8-inch baking dish and put the dish in the oven until butter is melted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven and set aside. In a medium bowl combine 3/4 cup of the sugar, the flour, and 2 tablespoons cocoa. Add the milk and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Pour over the melted butter in the baking dish. In a separate medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa, the pecans, and toffee bits; sprinkle evenly over the sugar mixture. Slowly pour boiling water over top of the cobbler. Bake until top of the cobbler looks set, about 40 to 50 minutes. Serve warm with Caramel Whipped Cream, ice cream and pecans, if desired.

To make the Caramel Whipped Cream:

Combine the cream and sugar in a medium bowl and beat with a whisk or beater until soft peaks form. Add the caramel syrup, and lightly fold together.


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    This is so GOOD! It is very easy to make. I served it warm with homemade vanilla ice cream that melted down and cut the rich chocolate. One of those recipes you can whip up anytime, because you pretty much always have these ingredients in your kitchen. It's so tasty that you keep taking a bite everytime you walk by it. Then it's gone, so might double recipe. I love Paula Dean, she cooks good ole country, like my Mom and Grandma did!! I will always follow her.
    This is an outstanding recipe. It is really really rich and it turned out great. It seemed similar to my hot fudge pudding cake in consistency. Similar to a suggestion I read, I added a tsp of instant espresso to the pecan/toffee/sugar mixture that is sprinkled on top to punch up the chocolate delivery. I didn't have chocolate/vanilla swirl ice cream so used french vanilla along with the caramel whipped cream. I don't think both are necessary and would probably go with one or the other. However, I will be using the caramel whipped cream on other things--that would be fantastic on apple pie or apple crisp. 
     
    This also was a good recipe to do with my 13 year old daughter who is getting interested in cooking. It's fairly simple, but the results are fantastic.
    Delicious doesn't begin to describe this cake. I agree it's rich and a little goes a long way. I just doubled the recipe and easily fed 25 people at a church dinner, especially when you serve it with a good vanilla ice cream. I follow the recipe, but I use evaporated milk (fat free evaporated works well too and add a teaspoon of instant coffee to the batter!!! It's to die for!!!
    This is very rich--small portion goes a long way, but I like that because it's great for getting several servings for company, especially if you're going to pile on ice cream and whipped topping. It is SO delicious! Reminds me of an old-fashion hot fudge cake. We loved it and it will be apart of our regular dessert rotation. :
    Nice and rich!
    Great recipe! I made it exactly as written above, except in the episode she uses vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream. I decided to go with butter pecan ice cream and it was AMAZING. All my friends loved it, and all the leftovers were gone pretty fast. If you have any whipped cream left over afterwards, it goes well with all kinds of desserts as well! Thanks! 
     
    (Don't give up halfway through! Yes it looks weird when you put it in the oven, but it solidifies when you take it out!
    This is soooo delicious! It has the potential to be TOO much chocolate but when you pair it with the carmel whipped topping it blends perfectly and takes the edge of the chocolate without losing it completely. The only thing I did differently is I added about 4 more tablespoons of milk and I also only added 1 1/4 cup of boiling water. I'm at a high altitude so I baked it for about 55 minutes and then I let it sit for about 10 which helped to firm up the bottom so. You HAVE to let it sit. When it first comes out the oven it seems too watery, let it sit a bit and then it's perfect. I think that may be the issue some people ran into; IMPATIENCE. Anywho, this receipe was a hit! My husband doesn't even like chocolate unless it's ice-cream and he ate a whole bowl of this with the whipped topping. He said "it's really chocolatey" like it was a bad thing but when I looked again it was gone! LoL so follow the receipe with just a few adjustments and it should turn out perfectly.
    I'm not a very experienced with desserts and the like but this was just beyond delicious. The filling was a bit thin and gooey so I'm not sure if I did it correctly but the crust was just fine and I thought with the liquidy consistency it was still to die for. Added with the homemade whipped cream, which was my first ever, there are no words! Chocolatey goodness all the way!
    SO BUMMED!! this did not turn out :( after 1 hour I took it out and it was a hot watery mess! Never set, same as other people said. had to throw whole thing away, what a waste of great ingredients! do not use all that boiling water, think that ruined it. I was practicing this for thanksgiving, total fail. But I still love you Paula.
    Rich, rich, rich -- never thought there could be such a thing as too much chocolate, but this bumps right up there. It's good, don't get me wrong - but a little goes a loooong way. I like my good old Hershey's Hot Fudge Sundae cake better.
    Made this for my husband's birthday and he LOVED it! I have to admit while I was putting this together I was skeptical we'd like it... all the sugar I just thought it'd be overly sweet... But it WAS NOT by any means! It was delicious and that homemade cream that went with it was the perfect topper! I put some more toffee bits and pecans over the top and this dessert was definitely a winner! I can't wait to make it for my family at the next gathering! It's going to be a hit! Thank you Paula Deen for sharing this one! :
    I followed the directions and came out with a chocolate mushy, dough-like blob. I think I was hoping it would be an extra special hot fudge pudding cake. I have a much healthier recipe very close to this one that comes out with a perfect, moist top layer of fudgy cake and then when you cut into it, warm thick hot fudge is underneath.
    This is delicious, ya'll! Creamy, just the right amount of chocolate goodnees. Love the crunch from the pecan topping, makes you smile from the inside out : There should be ten stars for this recipe.
    Okay girls, I have made this recipe twice now and all I can say is OMG! I made it for my entire family to put out on the dessert table at Thanksgiving. Everyone raved about how wonderful it was. This is actually kind of fun to make as it is so different. Absolutely Delicious!
    I agree with the review posted before me...there are not enough stars to rate this dessert. It is so incredibly decadent! The crunchy topping went so well with the gooey middle. It's a must have with vanilla ice-cream. Place a serving of the cobbler in a bowl, add a scoop of ice-cream and then some of the gooey topping...yum!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! In order for us not to devour the whole cobbler and while it was still warm, I gave the remainder to our neighbors. We are now their new best friends!!
    Not enough stars for this cobbler it takes the entire galaxy! The 2nd time I baked it I added 2 tbs. tennessee whiskey to give it another kick. WOW MAN YEAH.
    Need more stars to adequately rate this one! LOVED!
    This was so easy and really good! Nothing like warm chocolate! Family loved it! Thanks Paula!
    So tasty....easy to make..which I love!!
    i think that it was good and i cooked it at home and it was amazing my husband was amazed at how well i cooked i was so happy that paula gave my the food thank you so much
    Tasty? YES!!!!!!!!!!! It was AMAZING!! I saw the show and decided THAT is what I want this year for my birthday! It was a hit and everyone enjoyed it! My family all loves chocolate and pecans and this was just the best!!!!!!!!!!!!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!! It was fabulous! I LOVE PAULA DEEN!!!!!!!!!!!
    Turned out to be very quick and easy! :) was a big hit with my family!! I totally recommend to try the recipe..
    This was so EASY and so GOOD! It takes a lot to get a reaction out of my husband when he tries something new, so when he said "Wow, this is really good", I knew it was a keeper. :-)
    This was really good and very rich. My bottom was just a tad thick, so I added about another tablespoon of milk just to loosen it up. I think maybe we aren't measuring the flour correctly and that is why so many people are having thick bottoms. It was also good left over (what little bit that was left!). I just threw it in the microwave and zapped for 20 sec. and it tasted like it just came out of the oven. This will be in my recipe box.
    After reading the previous reviews, I decided to add a little more cocoa powder and milk than the recipe called for. I added an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder to the bottom layer, and an extra half a tablespoon to the top layer. I probably put an extra 2 tablespoons of milk as well. This was really, very good. It only cooked for the 40 minutes. My family preferred it with ice cream, rather than the caramel whipped cream (we tried it with both). I'd recommend it to anyone.
    I AM NOT THAT MUCH OF A CHOCOLATE EATER BUT THIS IS SO GOOD I COULD BECOME A FANATIC. I HAVE MADE A LOT OF PAULA'S DISHES BUT THIS IS FAR THE BEST. YOU REALLY DON'T NEED THE NUTS OR TOFFEE BITS. AND FOR ME TO SAY THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE BECAUSE I LOVE NUTS IN EVERYTHING... IT IS GREAT WITH JUST WHIPPED CREAM.....YUM YUM !!!! THANKS
    This was absolutely wonderful. I did have to add a little more milk to the batter. This was so easy and it came out just prefect. I used cool whip and folded in the carmel sauce and it was very good. I will try the homemade cream next time and also ice crea. I will be making this for my husband and my friends for a long time. Thanks.
    I thougth this was lacking in flavor. It needed a much more intense flavor of chocolate. Although the toffee bits sound like a good idea, they really don't add much flavor. If I ordered it in a resteraunt I'd be very dissapointed.
    yummie and pretty easy to make...I just did the cobbler and not the topping, but it was great w/vanilla ice cream
    Heavenly!!! My family absolutely devoured this- wanted to know when I was going to fix again!
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