You are going to love this lazy peach sonker, friends. I started with a recipe for spiced peaches from my friends’ Jane Bonacci and Sara de Leeuw’s cookbook, The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook, and then I turned them into the filling for a lazy sonker. I have included gluten-free option for making the sonker batter so you can enjoy this classic North Carolina fruit dessert even if you are gluten free, and also to stay true to the gluten-free spirit of the cookbook.

Whether you tuck these spiced peaches into an NC peach cobbler, spoon them over pound cake, or make a gluten-free crisp, you will love the not-too-sweet juiciness and cinnamon-ginger-nutmeggy goodness! You may also enjoy my old fashioned peach cobbler and/or this sweet potato sonker recipe–seriously comforting goodness!

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A blue bowl of spiced peach sonker with the casserole dish of lazy peach sonker in the background.

I received a review copy of The Gluten Free Instant Pot free of charge. Thank you, Sara, and Jane!

Lazy Peach Sonker, At a Glance

✅Skill Level: Beginner
✅Skills: Slicing Fruit, Using an Instant Pot, Making a Batter, Baking
✅Type: Fruit Dessert
✅Number of Ingredients: 8 for the peaches, 6 for the batter
✅Prep Time: 10 minutes
✅Cook Time: 50 minutes
✅Yield: 8 servings

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What Is a Sonker?

A sonker is really pretty much the same thing as a cobbler. After doing a lot of research and eating a bunch of sonker in the home of sonkers–Surry and Wilkes Counties in North Carolina–there doesn’t seem to be one standard for this homey fruit dessert.

For my purposes, and mostly based on the best sonkers I’ve tried, sonker tends to be juicier than cobbler and made in some sort of deep dish.

The crust can be rolled out and placed on the sonker as in pie crust, dropped on like biscuits, or in this case, “lazy sonker” mixed up into a thick batter and spread on top of the cooked fruit.

One addition to a sonker that seems to be specific to sonker is milk dip, which is made by cooking together milk, sugar, some starch, and a bit of vanilla into a thin, pourable sauce” that tastes a bit like melted vanilla ice cream.

I have read that milk dip is often reserved for sweet potato sonker, but it is so good, I like to serve it with any and all sonker and cobbler varieties, including this peach cobbler.

I have a recipe for the dip in my post for strawberry peach sonker.

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The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook

If you own an Instant Pot or are thinking of getting one, and also happen to either be gluten free or do a lot of cooking for people who are gluten-free, you will want to pick up a copy of Jane Bonacci and Sara De Leeuw’s The Gluten Free Instant Pot Cookbook.

This is the second and expanded edition complete with 50 more recipes, gorgeous full-color photos and a ton of great information about using your Instant Pot in general and cooking and baking gluten-free in particular.

Jane and Sara were kind enough to send me a copy of their book for review, and I decided I needed these spiced peaches in my life. You can watch me make them on Facebook live here:

and Part 2:

How To Make This Lazy Peach Sonker

An oval pan of baked lazy peach sonker  with a blue striped napkin.
Gluten free spiced peaches make for a flavorful and juicy filling for this cobbler-like dessert.

Making this lazy peach sonker is a pretty straightforward process. Of course, you could just stop with the peaches and be pretty happy, but turning them into sonker takes them to the next level.

  1. Make the spiced peaches. Make the syrup for the peaches in your Instant Pot, add the peaches and cook under pressure. Release pressure and reduce syrup. Tada!
  2. Make the lazy sonker batter. Heat the milk and butter together until butter is melted. Whisk together all the batter ingredients.
  3. Build and bake. Pour the peaches and all their juices into a baking dish. Top evenly with the batter and sprinkle sugar over all. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy! llow the sonker to cool for a few minutes. Serve as is or top with your choice of unsweetened cream, milk dip, sweetened cream, yogurt, ice cream, etc.

Why Is It Called a Lazy Sonker?

There are many types of sonker, and lots of them call for using rolled pie dough to make either a lattice or to line the sides of your baking dish.

That requires work. Making dough, chilling, rolling, etc.

This “lazy peach sonker” is called lazy because there is no rolling out required. You just make a thick batter and spoon/spread it on top of the fruit filling, bake, and you’re done!

More Sonker Recipes to Try

A serving of lazy peach sonker with cream in a blue bowl.

Cobbler, slump, grunt, buckle–whatever you call it, I’m all about a fruit dessert. I have to say sonker, with its Native NC roots, kind of has my heart.

Here are my other sonker recipes (so far) to try:

A serving dish of lazy peach sonker showing the juiciness left after a serving has been taken out.
One of the characteristics of a sonker that sets it apart from cobblers is that the filling is really juicy and thin, not thickened up with starches. The Instant Pot spiced peaches used for this filling is super juicy and speckled with warming spices.


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A blue petal bowl filled with golden-brown pasty, spiced peaches, and creamy white dessert sauce.

Lazy Peach Sonker (with Gluten-Free Option)

Jennifer Field
This lazy peach sonker is super juicy and spiked with warming spices. Make the filling in the Instant Pot, whip up the quick batter, and you’ll be ready for dessert in no time!
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 366 kcal


For the Peaches (from The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook)

  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt I used Morton’s
  • 6 firm peaches peeled, pitted, and sliced into 8 pieces each (I used frozen since peaches are not currently in season here)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter optional to round out the flavors
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans optional, for garnish. I didn’t use pecans

For the Lazy Sonker Batter

  • 1 cup all purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • heavy pinch kosher salt
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar


For the Spiced Peaches

  • Mix together the water, brown sugar, spices, and salt and pour into the inner liner of your Instant Pot.
  • Turn to saute and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Press cancel. If using fresh peaches, let the syrup cool for 20 minutes. If using frozen peaches, add them to the pot, lock the lid in place, making sure it is set to sealing. Set manual pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Once the 3 minutes is up, carefully do a quick pressure release then remove the lid.
  • Press cancel and then saute. Allow syrup to boil for 3-5 minutes to slightly reduce and thicken the syrup.
  • Add the optional butter and the pecans if using and pour into a 1 1/2 to 2 quart oval baker.

For the Lazy Sonker Batter

  • Set a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend, the baking powder, and salt.
  • Place milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high power until butter has mostly melted and milk is hot. Stir until butter is completely melted.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just until you have a thick batter.
  • Spoon evenly on top of the hot fruit mixture.
  • Sprinkle the batter with the granulated sugar. (See Notes)
  • Place the baking dish on a tray to catch any drips and put in the oven. Bake until the topping is deep golden brown and the juices are bubbling all over, about 30-35 minutes.
  • Allow sonker to cool for 40 minutes or so and serve warm with ice cream, milk dip, sweetened or unsweetened cream, yogurt, or eat it plain.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and reheat to serve.

Did You Make Any Changes?


The recipe for the spiced peaches is from The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook by Jane Bonacci and Sara de Leeuw, published by Harvard Common Press, March 2019.
For a sweeter dessert, you can whisk 1/4 cup sugar into the flour, baking powder, and salt. In that case, you can choose to sprinkle additional sugar on top of the batter or not. It all depends on how sweet you like things.


Serving: 1/8Calories: 366kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 445mgFiber: 4gSugar: 28g
Keyword cobbler, fruit dessert, peach
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  1. I am a crisp and cobbler lover and now a sonker lover. Especially this lazy version. So smart Jenni. Tastes as good as it looks.

    1. Those peaches from Jane and Sara are fantastic–perfect amount of salt for me, and you know how I am about salt! Seemed like the next step was to sonkerize them! So glad you like the recipe, Beth! 🙂

  2. Have just recently heard about sonkers and can’t wait to give this recipe a try. I bet we could make it in the Dutch oven when we’re doing some outdoor cooking.

    1. Thank you! And they are wonderful, although I have never tried 2 made exactly the same way! I definitely thought of you as I added the gluten free option for the topping! Enjoy!

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