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Glorious, warm Strawberry Cobbler studded with chocolate chips (AKA: My birthday dessert of choice).

Warm Strawberry Cobbler studded with chocolate chips. The only thing missing is a scoop of ice cream!

Soooo…it’s my birthday.

I’ll admit, birthdays are getting kind of weird for me now. I mean, 27. Yowza! When did that happen?

I’ve now reached the point in my life where I ask for things like new sheets, a day of house cleaning, and books for my birthday. I think a little piece of my 15 year old self just died reading that sentence. On the other hand, I’ve always asked for books for my birthday, because I’m a nerd. Some things never change.

It’s no secret this past year hasn’t been the easiest for our family. I lost my first pregnancy in October and then the Mr. spent the next two months laid up with a broken leg. Oh, and that whole coldest winter in 20 years thing didn’t really help either.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cobbler- quite possibly the perfect summer dessert.

In many ways, this past year is one I’d like to put behind me. Let’s shut this chapter and move on…and hope that the happier bits of this story are just a few page turns away. But at the same time, I know this year was important, and a lot of good things have come from this rough patch. My marriage is stronger. I have a new appreciation for warm weather. I’ve learned a lot about patience and working hard even when it isn’t easy or immediately rewarding. And today, after a lot of tears and late nights and wondering if it would ever be possible, I get to stay at home and blog full time. It’s an amazing blessing, and I’m grateful for it every single day.

So as painful as parts of this past year were, I’m feeling thankful today. Thankful for a new year. For new adventures. For lessons learned and more ahead. Here’s to 27 and whatever craziness lies ahead. I’m going to do my best to enjoy it, one day at a time.

Have you ever had strawberry cobbler? It gives strawberry shortcake a run for its money!

Here’s the really great part about getting older. Each year, I worry a little bit less about comparing myself to others, and feel a little bit more confident doing my own thing. Take, for example, my chosen method of celebrating my birthday. Convention would say a cake is in order, but you know what? I don’t even really like cake all that much. Sure, I’ll eat shortcake smothered in strawberries and milk. But classic white cake with sugary frosting? I’ll pass.

So today I’m bucking convention and making exactly what I want for my birthday: cobbler. I’m telling you, 27 is making me feisty.

Cobbler has always been a favorite dessert of mine. Warm, gooey bits of cake surrounded by fruit with a big scoop of ice cream on top. It’s near perfection, but there’s always been one thing missing: chocolate.

Before, I never really thought to remedy this situation, but since this was my birthday cobbler and all, I decided it should have ALL THE THINGS.

Warm Strawberry Cobbler studded with chocolate chips. All that's needed is a scoop of ice cream!

So I tossed strawberries in a red wine syrup, poured them over the cake batter, then sprinkled the whole thing with chocolate chips. I’ll admit, I thought maybe this would be a disaster. The chocolate chips melted a bit on contact and the whole thing looked a little too soupy for my comfort.

But alas, my worries were for nothing, because this cobbler came out with a gorgeous cobblestone pattern dotted with bits of warm, melty chocolate and juicy berries.

I try not to over-sell the recipes on the blog, but I gotta say this one is worth all of the best ever, ultimate, epic, life changing adjectives you could throw at it. It’s definitely sky rocketed into the top 10 recipes on the blog, and that’s a pretty big deal since I’m working on quite the collection.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cobbler--definitely my new favorite way to enjoy strawberries!

This hits all the best dessert notes. You got your cake, you got your juicy strawberries, you got your smooth, rich chocolate. All that’s missing is the ice cream. And you guys can totally handle that, right? In fact, you should probably whip this up tonight and help me celebrate. And throw an extra scoop of ice cream on top…I mean, it is my birthday after all.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cobbler

Cook Time 30 mins 2017-05-25T00:30:00+00:00Prep Time
Preparation 15 mins 2017-05-25T00:15:00+00:00Cook Time
Total Time
Serves 8     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup red Moscato (or sub other Moscatos)
  • 4 cups hulled strawberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream or ice cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 inch square pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat together the eggs and 1 cup of the sugar. Add the butter, milk, and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium sized saucepan stir together the remaining ⅓ cup sugar and the moscato. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add the strawberries and stir to coat. Pour the fruit and all of the syrup over the batter. The mixture will appear soupy.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and set. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Recipe adapted from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

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  • Tara July 2, 2014, 10:19 AM

    Wow, that looks fantastic!!

  • claire July 2, 2014, 10:39 AM

    I’m so sorry you had such a tough year, it wasn’t easy for us either. But I love your attitude. Stay positive and live each day with a good attitude. I think this one will be good for you! Oh and if you make this daily, how can it not be?

  • theresa July 2, 2014, 10:41 AM

    This looks perfect for the holiday weekend

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic July 2, 2014, 12:03 PM

    Oh my goodness! After the year that you’ve had, you go ahead and have whatever you want for your birthday dessert. I’m so sorry about all of the turmoil you’ve had to persevere. Here’s hoping for All Good Things for your Fiesty 27th year!

  • Eclectic Recipes July 2, 2014, 12:28 PM

    I haven’t made a cobbler in so long, but what a great way to use up a bunch of strawberries!

  • littleredkitchen July 2, 2014, 12:38 PM

    Wait you’re only 27?! You aren’t allowed to complain about birthdays until you go past 30. 🙂 Wishing you many great things for this year, there have been ups and down for you but always look for the positive. Also I’m not a cake person either, I totally support this cobbler for birthday dessert.

  • Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) July 2, 2014, 1:59 PM

    Happy Birthday! This Cobbler looks incredible and after the year you had, you deserve any dessert you want!

  • bellalimento July 2, 2014, 2:41 PM

    Happy Happy Birthday Sweets (mine is tomorrow – yeah for July bdays)! Here’s to an aca-awesome remainder of the year for you! PS I’m thankful I got to meet you last year ; )

  • Nancy July 2, 2014, 2:54 PM

    Happy birthday to my dearest, sweet friend Courtney! I’m gonna give you a ginormous hug when I see you in a couple of weeks and we’ve gotta celebrate properly (with booze ‘n fatty foods, naturally). You’ve always been feisty in my eyes but this fiestier Courtney is pretty awesome. Hell yeah, you should make what you want to eat for your birthday. This strawberry chocolate chip cobbler looks amazing. I know this past year has been really rough for you ‘n your Hubs but I’m sure this next year will bring you both only bigger and better things. Big hugs to ya, girl!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 2, 2014, 8:44 PM

      I cannot even wait for that hug (and the booze of course!) We’re going to have a ball!

  • foody schmoody July 2, 2014, 4:30 PM

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you could use a fresh start to this new year of you! I’ve never been one to ask for the frilly things either. A few years ago I was ecstatic to get a new coffee maker and all my friends thought I was nuts because they all were asking for Coach bags! Oh and I almost forgot to mention, duh, the cobbler looks awesome!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough July 2, 2014, 7:03 PM

    Happy birthday, friend! I laughed and can totally relate to your list of birthday wishes (especially the house cleaning, oy)… 27 will do that to ya. 🙂 Wish I could celebrate in person with you over a slice of this yummy cobbler!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 2, 2014, 8:47 PM

      Now that would be an awesome birthday surprise. 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes friend!

  • Melanie | Melanie Makes July 2, 2014, 11:14 PM

    Wishing you the best year yet, Courtney – you deserve nothing but the best!

  • valmg July 3, 2014, 1:39 AM

    Oh my yum! That looks and sounds delicious!

  • Joanne (eats well with others) July 3, 2014, 7:41 AM

    A big happy birthday to you, love!! I am 27 also and think it is a good age. So only happy things to come. And a lot of this cobbler. Because, really, what could be happier than lots of this?!

  • Jenn July 3, 2014, 8:28 AM

    YUM, I love that you added chocolate chips to this strawberry cobbler! And Happy Birthday to you! 🙂

  • Melissa from Hungry Food Love July 3, 2014, 9:38 AM

    Cobblers with chocolate chips rock! Awesome!

  • Lauren @ HealthyDelish July 3, 2014, 5:15 PM

    Happy Birthday! I can’t believe you’re only 27… enjoy, that was one of my favorite years (now that I’m ancient at 31, haha). The strawberry cobbler looks like the perfect way to celebrate!

  • Samantha July 4, 2014, 9:38 AM

    I’ve seen a ton of strawberry cobblers but I have never seen one with chocolate chips. I LOVE IT. Thanks for this. Happy Birthday!!!!

  • Nutmeg Nanny July 4, 2014, 10:55 AM

    Yum! I LOVE strawberry cobbler. I especially love the addition of chocolate chips.

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