Talk about an easy holiday dessert! Served warm with a scoop of butter pecan (my favorite!) or vanilla ice cream, this cobbler is the perfect ending to a festive meal. I like to use Honeycrisp apples in my cobbler, but feel free to use your favorite variety.
For the apple filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.
Combine the apples, sugar, apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest and juice in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the apples begin to soften, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, then add the butter, cornstarch, vanilla and salt. Pour into the prepared dish.
For the topping: Mix the baking mix, buttermilk, sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Spoon the topping over the apple mixture with an ice cream scoop. Bake until the top is golden brown and the edges are bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.