Fresh Peach Crumb Bars

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Get ready to fall head over heels for these Peach Crumb Bars! Imagine juicy, spiced peaches nestled in a buttery crust. All topped off with a perfectly crumbly, sweet topping. It’s like your favorite peach pie got a makeover into these irresistibly easy-to-eat bars.

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three peach crumb bars stacked on top of each other

Say hello to your new dessert crush, introducing these super easy-to-make Peach Crumb Bars. Yep, it’s basically peach cobbler transformed into bar form, and trust me, you’ll want to keep these on repeat all summer long!

These homemade bars are the ultimate treat. Think sweet, caramelized peaches with a buttery, crispy topping. The dash of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg perfectly brings out the peachy goodness. They’ve got all the flavor of a classic peach pie but are way easier to whip up. Perfect for when you need a quick, scrumptious treat!

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And here’s the #bestnewsever. You can whip up these bars with canned peaches, too, so there is no need to wait for the peach season. Yes friends, you can enjoy these beauties year-round!

If you’re itching to try more delicious bars, don’t miss out on these magic cookie bars or these lemon bars. They’re both seriously good.

A plate of the completed peach crumb bars.

Why Make This Recipe

  • Leftover peaches – These bars are a fantastic way to use up those summer peaches lingering in your fruit bowl, begging to be eaten.
  • Prep-Friendly and Crowd-Pleasing – Whip these up in advance and easily double the batch to make everyone happy at your next gathering.
  • Customizable Fun – Jazz them up with some fun add-ins, or keep things classic and simple.
  • Simple, Budget-Friendly, and Satisfying – These peach crumb bars are the dream solution for your sweet craving. They’re so easy on your budget and a breeze to make.
  • Ideal for Any Occasion – Perfect for BBQs, picnics, lunchboxes, potlucks, on-the-go snacking, or even as a sweet breakfast treat.
Ingredients for bars made with peaches.

Ingredient Notes

  • Unsalted Butter – You’ll want to keep it soft for the base so everything blends smoothly. Now, for that irresistibly crumbly topping, go with cold butter—trust me, it makes all the difference.
  • Granulated Sugar – This is your sweet ingredient for both the base and filling. Feel free to tweak the sugar levels, especially if you’ve snagged some super-sweet peaches.
  • Eggs – Just one large egg binds the base. Make sure it’s room temperature so it mixes seamlessly—no one likes a lumpy batter!
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg – Ah, the dynamic duo! These spices bring cozy warmth and depth. And here’s a tip: Use freshly ground spices if you can. They pack the most punch flavor-wise.
  • Salt – Just a pinch! It’s amazing how a little salt can balance the sweetness and really make those flavors pop in your dessert.
  • All-Purpose Flour – The real MVP here, giving our base and topping their structure. Just remember, mix it just enough to combine. Overdoing it can make things dense instead of crumbly.
  • Sliced Peaches – Nothing beats the sweet, juicy flavor of fresh, ripe peaches. You can peel them if you like, or leave the skins on for a bit of extra color and texture. Whether you slice or dice ’em is totally up to you!
  • Lemon Zest – Go for organic or thoroughly washed lemons to avoid pesticide residue. A little zest can add a bright, citrusy spark that really makes the peachy flavor pop.
  • Vanilla Extract – Seriously, a splash of this extract is like a secret weapon for your filling.
  • Brown Sugar for Topping – This is where the magic happens. Brown sugar not only adds a rich, caramelized sweetness but also a touch of molasses.

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How To Make Peach Bars

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card further below.

A greased 9×13-inch (22x32cm) baking dish and lined with parchment paper.

Step 1. Grease a 9×13-inch (22x32cm) baking dish, line it with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C. Beat butter, sugar, and egg together on medium-high in a stand mixer (or use handheld beaters and a mixing bowl) until fluffy and creamy. Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and flour on low speed until just combined.

Crumb base in baking dish.

Step 2. Press the crumb mixture into an even layer in the baking dish (to make this easier, place scoops of the mixture all over the bottom of the baking dish, then push them together with your fingertips). Chill in the refrigerator while making the remaining layers.

Sliced peaches on a chopping board.

Step 3. Assemble the filling by de-stoning and slicing fresh peaches into ¼-inch (6mm) or thinner slices and adding them to a mixing bowl. Combine with vanilla, nutmeg, lemon zest, and sugar, then set aside.

Beaten together butter, sugar, and egg together in a stand mixer.

Step 4. Add the crumb topping ingredients to a food processor and whiz on low speed until it comes together as small crumbles. (make sure they are not too fine). Then toss with your fingers until slightly larger crumbs form (no larger than a pea).

Uncooked peach bars in baking tray.

Step 5. Remove baking dish from the fridge and spread an even layer of the prepared peaches mixture on top of the chilled crust. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the peaches without pressing down.

Cooked peach bars in baking tray.

Step 6. Bake the bars for about 35-40 minutes or until they are golden brown and the peaches are slightly bubbling at the edges. Allow the bars to cool to room temperature inside the baking dish before slicing.

Pro Tips

  • Start with fresh peaches that are firm but ripe. This makes a big difference. Steer clear of any that look bruised or damaged. Fun fact: more giant peaches often taste sweeter!
  • Want to mix it up? Try white donut peaches! Just a heads up, they’re a tad sweeter than your standard peaches.
  • Once you’ve baked your bars, let them cool to room temperature or chill them in the fridge for at least an hour before you slice. This wait time makes sure they cut cleanly—no crumbly mess!
  • Not peach season? Canned peaches are totally fine. Just drain them well to avoid soggy bars. A quick blot with a paper towel gets rid of any extra juice.
  • For that perfect crumbly topping, make sure your butter is cold when mixing it into your dry ingredients. It’s all about those little pockets of butter that melt and crisp up just right in the oven.
Two stacks of the finished peach crumb bars.

Delicious Variations

  • Add nuts – Fancy a little extra crunch in your crumble? Throw in some sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, or pecans.
  • Vary flavorings – Why not mix things up a bit? Try ground cardamom, almond extract, or allspice.
  • Vary the sugar – Are you in the mood for something a bit richer and gooey? Use brown sugar instead of white in your topping for that extra caramel-y taste.
  • Serve with herbs – Serving these with finely shredded basil, mint, or lemongrass adds an extra pop of flavor.
Top down view of the peach crumb bars being sliced into squares.

Prep And Storage

  • Prep-Ahead – Wash, pit, and thinly slice your peaches ahead of time. Worried about them turning brown? A quick splash of lemon juice will keep them looking fresh and vibrant. Drain off any extra juice so your mixture stays perfect. While you’re at it, zest that lemon and pop the zest into a small, airtight container in the fridge.
  • Store—They’ll last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Just note that they might lose some crispness.
  • Freeze – Let them cool down then wrap each bar in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Transfer into these convenient Ziploc freezer bags. Squeeze out all the extra air and seal the bags. Label the bags and then lay them flat in the freezer. Store in the freezer for three months.
  • Reheat – These can be served cold or reheated for a warm, afternoon treat. To reheat, place them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F / 175 degrees C for about 10 minutes or until warm. If you’re in a pinch, you can also give them a quick zap in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, but be mindful that the microwave can affect the texture, making them a bit softer than when freshly baked.

FAQs 

Can I Make These With Other Fruits?

Yes, you can make these with other fruits. Feel free to swap some of the peaches for your favorite stone fruit. e.g apricots or nectarines.

You can also use apples, or add in berries like blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. Just make sure the overall fruit amount stays the same at 1 ½ pounds (600g).

Can These Be Eaten Cold?

You can certainly serve them cold. They are also great served slightly warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on top. So, so good.

Should the peaches be peeled?

No, you don’t need to peel the peaches. Peeling the peaches does lead to a smoother texture in the final bars.

You can peel them using a knife, or for an easier method, try blanching. Just boil the peaches for 1-2 minutes, then quickly plunge them into ice water. This process loosens the skin, making them much easier to peel.

How do you cut the bars evenly?

In order to cut the bars evenly, let them cool down completely, a full hour at least, to snag those super clean slices. Grab a big, sharp knife and give it a quick wipe after each cut. This trick keeps everything looking neat and tidy.

A plate of the finished peach crumb bars recipe.

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Serve With:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel Sauce – Serve them slightly warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with caramel sauce this peach season.
  • Whipped Cream & Fresh Peaches – Top with whipped cream and fresh peach slices for an extra fruity treat.
  • Coffee or Tea – Pair with your favorite dalgona coffee or tea for a cozy and comforting dessert experience, perfect for any time of the day.
  • A sharp knife for slicing the bars into perfect squares.
  • A Bakeware set that has a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Mixing bowls for the wet and dry ingredients.
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Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.

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Peach Crumb Bars

These Scrumptious Peach Bars give you all the classic flavors of peach pie in a super easy-to-make form!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

Base:

  • 10 tablespoons (142g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅔ cups (200g) all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1 ½ pounds (600g) peaches de-stoned and thinly sliced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Topping:

  • 6 tablespoons (85g) cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • ½ cup (105g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

Make The Crust Base:

  • Grease a 9×13-inch (22x32cm) baking dish and line with parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Beat together the butter, sugar, and egg together in a stand mixer (or use handheld beaters and a mixing bowl) on medium high until fluffy and creamy.
  • Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and flour on low speed until just combined.
  • Press the crumb mixture into an even layer in the baking dish. To make this task easier, place scoops of the mixture all over the bottom of the baking dish, then simply push them together with your fingertips.
  • Chill the crumb base in the refrigerator while making the remaining layers.

For The Peach Filling:

  • De-stone and cut fresh peaches into ¼-inch (6mm) or thinner slices and add to a mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the vanilla, nutmeg, lemon zest and sugar and set aside.

Make The Crumb Topping:

  • Add all the crumb topping ingredients into a food processor and whiz on low speed until it comes together as small crumbles (make sure they are not too fine).
  • Then toss with your fingers until slightly larger crumbs form (no large than a pea).

Assemble The Bars:

  • Remove baking dish from the fridge.
  • Spread an even layer of the prepared peaches mixture on top of the chilled crust.
  • Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the peaches, without pressing down.

Bake The Bars:

  • Bake for the peach bars for bout 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and the peaches are slightly bubbling at edges.
  • Allow the bars to cool to room temperature inside the baking dish before removing.
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Notes

  • Start with fresh peaches that are firm but ripe. This makes a big difference. Steer clear of any that look bruised or damaged. Fun fact: more giant peaches often taste sweeter!
  • Want to mix it up? Try white donut peaches! Just a heads up, they’re a tad sweeter than your standard peaches.
  • Once you’ve baked your bars, let them cool to room temperature or chill them in the fridge for at least an hour before you slice. This wait time makes sure they cut cleanly—no crumbly mess!
  • Not peach season? Canned peaches are totally fine. Just drain them well to avoid soggy bars. A quick blot with a paper towel gets rid of any extra juice.
  • For that perfect crumbly topping, make sure your butter is cold when mixing it into your dry ingredients. It’s all about those little pockets of butter that melt and crisp up just right in the oven.
  • Storage – Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, these bars will last up to 5 days. Do note that they will not be as crisp.
  • There are 10 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 503IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These make for the perfect summer dessert. I love using fresh peaches in baked good recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    I love enjoying fresh peaches lately, so these bars are right up my alley! I’m definitely going to try this out. Bookmarked for later 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This is the perfect summer dessert!! So flavorful and a great way to use up my ripe peaches. Thanks so much for sharing!