Peaches & Cream Bars

Peaches 'n Cream Bars - enjoy fresh summer peaches in these creamy, juicy bars. Brown sugar crust topped with peach filling, brown sugar streusel and vanilla glaze. Easy to make! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits. Actually, I don’t think I can play favorites. There are so many glorious gems to chose from this time of year… mango, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple – I love them all!!

Peaches 'n Cream Bars - enjoy fresh summer peaches in these creamy, juicy bars. Brown sugar crust topped with peach filling, brown sugar streusel and vanilla glaze. Easy to make! sallysbakingaddiction.com

These fruity/creamy bars are nothing short of amazing. Four layers to love: buttery, brown sugar oat crust, creamy & juicy peach filling, pecan/cinnamon crumble, and an easy vanilla icing to finish it all off.  The peach filling leaves each bite ultra moist and the crumble on top maintains a slight crunch. These bars are a texture lover’s dream!

The peachy filling is made from peaches, egg, flour, and sugar. The egg and flour create a thick creamy sauce to envelope the diced peaches inside. I adore the peach filling, but the crust and crumble might just be the stars of the show. They’re both made from the same dough, which makes things easy and convenient. I try to dirty as little bowls as possible when I can. I know you feel me there!

The crust/crumble = made from 5 simple ingredients. Probably things you have in your kitchen right now. Oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. You’re going to cut the cold butter into the other ingredients. I recommend using a pastry cutter. It makes things so much easier. Cut the cold butter in until the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup of the oat mixture for the topping, to which you’ll add pecans. Nuts are optional, so you can definitely leave them out! The rest of the oat mixture will be pressed into your pan for the crust.

This is what the coarse crumbs of the oat mixture will look like:

Brown Sugar/Oat Crumble for Peaches 'n Cream Bars

Pre-bake the crust, then pour the creamy peach filling over the crust. What you will LOVE most about these bars is that the juicy filling seeps into the crust as it bakes, making the bars unbelievably moist. The tender, brown sugary crust will melt in your mouth.

The bars take about 30 minutes in the oven. Your kitchen will smell like a cross between cinnamon rolls and peach pie. Two of my favorite things in one. Allow the bars to cool before cutting and drizzling with the vanilla icing. I halved my original vanilla icing recipe since we don’t need as much. It’s made from 3 simple ingredients: heavy cream (or milk), confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract.

Drizzle the icing on top and prepare to be amazed. 😉

Peaches 'n Cream Bars - enjoy fresh summer peaches in these creamy, juicy bars. Brown sugar crust topped with peach filling, brown sugar streusel and vanilla glaze. Easy to make! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Peaches 'n Cream Bars - enjoy fresh summer peaches in these creamy, juicy bars. Brown sugar crust topped with peach filling, brown sugar streusel and vanilla glaze. Easy to make! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I think I found my new favorite dessert. Definitely one of the best ways to enjoy all of these fresh summer peaches! What’s your favorite way to enjoy peaches? 

More peachy desserts to try: peach bundt cake with brown butter icingpeach streusel muffins, fresh peach cobbler, brown sugar peach crumble pie, peach pecan crisp, rustic strawberry peach galette, and blueberry peach pie.

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Peaches ‘n’ Cream Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Take advantage of summer’s fresh peaches with these easy bars. A four layered bar with a brown sugar and oat crust, topped with a creamy peach filling, pecan streusel, and finished off with luscious vanilla icing.


Ingredients

Crust & Topping

  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup (42g) old fashioned rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 1/3 cup (67g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 10 Tablespoons (150g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • optional: 1/2 cup (70g) chopped pecans

Peach Filling

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (8g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium peaches, peeled and chopped (about 1.5 cups)

Vanilla Icing

  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) degrees. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides to easily lift the bars out of the pan before cutting. Spray with nonstick spray or grease with butter. Set aside.
  2. Make the crust/topping: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon together until combined. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry blender or two forks until it reaches coarse, pea-sized crumbs. See photo above. Remove 3/4 cup of the mixture, put in a small bowl and mix with pecans. This will be set aside for the topping.
  3. Evenly press the remaining oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes as you prepare the filling.
  4. Make the filling: Whisk the egg and sugar together until smooth and creamy. Add the flour and salt. Whisk until combined. Fold in the peaches. Remove crust from the oven after 15 minutes and pour the filling over hot crust. Sprinkle with reserved oat/pecan mixture.
  5. Bake for 30-32 minutes or until golden brown on top. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to chill for 2 hours.
  6. Once chilled, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares. For neat squares, I use a very sharp knife and wipe it clean with a paper towel after each cut.
  7. Make the vanilla icing: Using a fork or spoon, whisk/stir the confectioners’ sugar, cream, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Add another Tablespoon of milk to thin out if needed. Drizzle over each square. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Prepare the bars 1-3 days in advance and store covered tightly in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bars can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  2. Double Batch: Recipe can easily be doubled to fit in a 9×13 pan, baking time will increase to 35 minutes.

Keywords: peaches n cream bars, peach streusel bars

Peaches 'n Cream Bars - enjoy fresh summer peaches in these creamy, juicy bars. Brown sugar crust topped with peach filling, brown sugar streusel and vanilla glaze. Easy to make! sallysbakingaddiction.com

195 Comments

  1. I made these today for a bbq and they were a total hit!!!! So delicious and creamy. I love how the filling does not overwhelm the peaches and how you get a burst of peach in every bite. I doubled it and put it in the 9 by 13 inch pan and they were perfect. I used closer to 3 1/2 cups of peaches- it was not too much for the filling. Thanks for another wonderful recipe! I can’t wait for your cookbook:)))

    1. GREAT to know that you can get away with even more filling. Thanks for reporting back, Jeannine. So glad you loved these!

  2. The peaches out right now are insanely juicy and delicious so this recipe comes at the perfect time! They are also one of my dad’s favorites, and his birthday is coming up…it’s a big one, so these bars might be the perfect dessert to make for him!

  3. Everything you post becomes a new favourite of mine, Sally! These bars look absolutely divine. I love the combination of peaches and cream, and the additional oat and pecan crust sounds divine. Thanks beautiful! Your recipes make our days brighter! xx

  4. I stumbled across your blog looking for an oat bread recipe, and I ran across these divine peaches and cream bars. They look delicious! Peaches are one of my favorite fruits (although, like you, I love so many fruits; it’s hard to choose a true favorite…). Thanks for sharing this!

  5. We had a couple of peaches that were nearing the end of their prime so I whipped up these bars. Hubby LOVED them! Thanks so much!

  6. I love all summer fruits too but peaches are my fave! These bars have my mouth watering with the buttery oats, juicy peaches, and that sweet glaze! I hope you are doing well – I haven’t heard much from you lately.

  7. I made these yesterday after a trip to the farmer’s market for some fresh summer peaches and they were delicious!! Huge hit in the office this morning too and since they’re made with fruit I totally convinced everyone they were healthy enough for breakfast 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

  8. Sally, I just wanted to let you know that I tried them today and they were just as good as they looked… They were AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for yet another amazingly delicious recipe! 😀

    1. That’s great, Kelly! I love love love these juicy, creamy bars. And I’m so happy you do too. Thank you for reporting back!

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