Magic Lemon Cobbler

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There’s nothing quite as delightful as a dessert that holds a little surprise. Just when you think you’ve tasted it all, along comes the Magic Lemon Cobbler, a delectable sweet treat that’ll have you saying ‘abracadabra’ in your kitchen. This dessert marries the tartness of lemons with the sweetness of a traditional cobbler, providing a refreshing twist to the classic dessert. It’s truly the magic of simplicity at its finest.

But what makes this cobbler truly magical? It’s all in the layering process. As the lemon slices and sugar layers meld together in the oven, they form a beautiful, tangy filling that complements the light, flaky crust perfectly. The process is simple, but the result is nothing short of extraordinary.

How to Prepare Magic Lemon Cobbler

This charmingly named Magic Lemon Cobbler is a dessert that conjures up the sweetest of memories while adding a zesty punch. Here’s a little introduction to help you along your magical culinary journey.

Ingredients for Magic Lemon Cobbler


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup shortening
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 3-4 lemons
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Butter, to taste

Directions for Magic Lemon Cobbler

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F and greasing a 9×12 casserole or cake pan.

2. For the crust, sift together the salt and flour.

3. To this mix, add shortening and sugar, then cut.

4. Now, add the beaten egg and water to the mixture.

5. Roll this dough very thin and use it to line the pan— both the bottom and sides.

6. After thoroughly washing the lemons, slice them into paper-thin slices.

7. Layer these slices over the bottom crust, making sure to overlap them.

8. Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar over these slices— anywhere from 1/3 to ½ cup.

9. Dot the layer liberally with butter, cut into pat-sized pieces.

10. Repeat these layers until you either run out of vertical space in the pan or run out of the crust.

11. Bake in your preheated oven for about an hour, or until the crust is golden brown.

12. Allow the cobbler to cool before serving. For an added touch of decadence, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The magic in the Magic Lemon Cobbler isn’t hidden in complex culinary techniques or exotic ingredients; it lies in the transformative power of heat on humble ingredients— the tart lemons, the sugar, and the basic crust. What emerges from the oven is truly magical— a sweet, tangy dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.


  • Always choose ripe, juicy lemons for this recipe. They provide the right amount of tanginess that balances the sweetness of the sugar.
  • Rolling the crust thin is crucial. It ensures that the crust cooks evenly and provides a delicate contrast to the zesty lemon filling.
  • Feel free to adjust the sugar according to your preference. If you like your desserts less sweet, you might want to reduce the sugar a bit.

Can I use a different fruit for this recipe?

Absolutely! Although lemons provide a unique tart flavor, you could experiment with other fruits like oranges, limes, or even a combination of these.

Can I use store-bought pie crust?

Yes, you can. If you’re short on time or want to keep things simple, using a store-bought crust is a good alternative. However, making the crust from scratch can give you a flakier and more delicate texture.

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

The Magic Lemon Cobbler can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Warm it up slightly before serving for the best flavor.

Magic Lemon Cobbler

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American



  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 3-4 lemons
  • 1 to taste sugar as needed
  • 1 to taste butter as needed


  • Grease 9x12 casserole/cake pan.
  • Sift salt and flour together.
  • Add shortening and sugar and cut.
  • Add beaten egg and water.
  • Roll very thin.
  • Line pan (bottom/sides) with crust.
  • Slice washed lemons (as you use them) into paper-thin slices.
  • Cover bottom crust with overlapped slices.
  • Sprinkle 1/3 to ½ cup sugar over slices.
  • Add butter (in pat-sized pieces) liberally.
  • This is a complete layer.
  • Add layers until you run out of vertical space or crust.
  • Bake in 325°F oven for about an hour or until crust is golden brown.
  • Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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