These peaches and cream crumble bars are the best dessert I’ve ever had with peaches. That creamy filling and brown sugar oat topping!!
I don’t think we even need to talk about these peaches n cream crumble bars. Let’s just sit and stare at them. My good gracious they are good. That buttery crust and topping is everything. It’s a little chewy, crisp, sweet and salty. You could eat it lone and be totally satisfied. But why would you settle for that when you could take it to the next level?
Let’s add a little cream cheese gloriousness in there with fresh, juicy, sweet, golden peaches. That filling is so sweet, rich, creamy and wonderful. You really don’t even understand how much I love these bars. The crumble is perfect for such a lovely filling. And I actually really needed something delicious to take my mind off of something horrible.
And by horrible I mean annoying. I’ve been bit by mosquitoes before, but this time is just crazy. Yes, we are talking about mosquito bites. Haha, I know!! Doesn’t it seem so lame? But truly, they are driving me nuts! The mosquitoes at our new rental house are insane. I have 13, 13 you guys! I got 13 bites in jut 30 minutes the other night playing soccer with my son. So ridiculous.
And they just keep getting worse. The bites are ginormous, as in red and swollen bigger than a golf ball, and the itchiest sons of guns ever. I cannot even explain it! And 3 of them are starting to bruise. Dude, what will make them go away?! See, I did need a little dessert to take my mind off of the itch!
Ingredients for Peaches and Cream Bars
You will need a few basic pantry ingredients to make the crust and crumble topping. Then you need just a few ingredients to sweeten and thicken up the peaches and make the rich and creamy filling. Here is what you will need:
Cream Filling: Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar, Egg, and Vanilla
Peaches: Brown Sugar and Cornstarch
Crumble: Salt, Flour, Cinnamon, Quick Oats, Baking Soda, Unsalted Butter, Brown Sugar
You can find the exact measurements of each ingredient and the detailed instructions for making the bars in the recipe card at the end of the post. You can also print or save the recipe from there.
What are the Best Peaches for Baking?
You want to find freestone peaches because they are sweeter and easier to work with. For a list of my favorite freestone peaches, head to our peach cobbler post!
Will Peaches Ripen After They Have Been Picked?
Peaches, like apples, pears, avocados and tomatoes (among other fruits), can ripen after being picked.
The easiest method to ripen peaches is simply to leave peaches on the counter. If you want to speed things up, pop the peaches in a paper bag.
It will contain the ethylene gas the fruit gives off, which hastens the ripening process.
Should the Peaches Be Peeled?
You don’t have to peel the peaches, but my family prefers them peeled in most desserts. Since we are only using three peaches, it’s easiest just peel them with a good paring knife.
Can Frozen or Canned Peaches Be Used?
Unfortunately, peach season is so very short here in Utah. So if beautiful fresh peaches aren’t an option, then frozen or canned peaches can be used.
I would go with frozen peaches as my first backup. Let them thaw and drain them. Then proceed with the recipe instructions as written.
If you have to use canned peaches, be sure to get peaches that are in their own juice and not in syrup. Drain them thoroughly and continue with the recipe.
What Can You Substitute for Cream Cheese?
I don’t recommend substituting the cream cheese at all. Full fat cream cheese is just a must for this recipe.
How Long Will Peach Crumble Bars Keep?
Properly stored, bar desserts will keep for 3-4 days at room temperature.
They should be wrapped tightly or placed in an airtight container.
What do you look for in the perfect peach dessert? I promise that these peaches and cream crumble bars are going to cover all the bases! A little crunchy, a little creamy, a little tart, perfectly sweet and altogether totally irresistible.
If You Want to Conduct Your Own Peach Dessert Competition, Here are Some Suggestions:
- Classic Peach Crisp
- Peach Dump Cake
- Fresh Peach Pie
- Peach Coffee Cake
- Peach Dumplings
- Smoked Peach Crisp
- Peach Pie Bars
- Peach Melba Bars
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Peaches and Cream Crumble Bars
- 3 peaches peeled, and sliced, *see note
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened, has to be full fat
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Heat the oven to 350.
For the Peaches
- Peel the peaches with a paring knife (do not boil) and chop into a bowl.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar and cornstarch over the peaches and gently fold together. Set aside.
For the Crumble
- Spray an 8x8" or 9x9" baking dish or line it with foil. Set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the salt, cinnamon and flour in a bowl.
- Add the oats, baking soda, butter and sugar, stir with a wooden spoon until everything is moist.
- Press half of the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 8 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
For the Cream Layer
- In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottom and layer with peaches by scooping with a spoon, leaving out any excess juice.
- Sprinkle the remaining crumble over the top and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
- Set out to cool completely or chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. Serve room temp or chilled with a dollop of whipped cream.
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