Peach Crumb Bars

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My recent obsession with peaches started not long after crossing the Georgia state line en route to Florida on our vacation. My Chief Culinary Consultant mentioned how we should stop to get a slice of peach pie since we were, in fact, in Georgia (the Peach State). I think my face lit up like a Christmas tree and then that was it – I had peach pie on the brain. We never stopped for pie since we were in the middle of a 16-hour road trip, but my craving was fulfilled a couple of days later when we couldn’t stop talking about peach pie and finally went and bought peaches and made a pie. It absolutely hit the spot and was probably the best peach pie I’ve ever eaten. And so my peach spree began.

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I went to Sam’s Club the day after getting back from vacation and found one case of perfect-looking peaches. Every single one of them – perfect. How often does that happen? I had to snatch them up, but then I had too many to eat in a reasonable amount of time before they would go bad. So I set off to make something fabulous with them. These crumb bars combine the best of a peach pie and the best of a crumb cake into one amazing dessert. Since I loved the peach pie that we made so much, I used the same filling recipe for these crumb bars. I chose to dice the peaches figuring that it would make biting into the bars easier and less messy, but if you prefer slices you could definitely do that as well. Just make sure you add these to your “to do” list and enjoy every bite!

More fruit-filled baked goods:
Apple Hand Pies
Fresh Blueberry Pie
Russian Grandmothers’ Apple Pie-Cake
Fresh Strawberry Tart

Peach Crumb Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the Filling:
5 cups diced or sliced peaches (about 7 peaches, peeled)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

2. For the Dough: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, and then the egg. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

3. For the Filling: Place the diced (or sliced) peaches in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and mix gently.

4. Spread the peach mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

(Dough recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen; Filling recipe from Allrecipes)

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  1. YourEverydayMama on September 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Michelle, these sound awesome, and they pretty great too!

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  2. Amanda on September 25, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Hmm, I have everything but the peaches. Looks like I’m running to the store! They look delicious.

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  3. Megan on September 25, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Just bookmarked this… I have some peaches in my fridge right now!

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  4. VeggieGirl on September 25, 2009 at 11:30 am

    MMM!!! If only peaches were still in season here **tears up** Those bars look sooooo tempting!

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  5. Meghan on September 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Peach desserts are my ultimate favorites! I love the blueberry crumb bars so I’m sure these are fantastic!

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  6. Barbara Bakes on September 25, 2009 at 11:44 am

    It really does look like the perfect peach bar!

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  7. Liz Brooks on September 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Love peaches, and this looks delish!

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  8. Annie on September 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, girl, we’re on the same wavelength with our variations on these bars this week :) I remember you saying you weren’t the biggest fan of peaches in the past – glad to see you’ve changed your mind. These look totally awesome and I’m definitely going to have to try them.

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  9. sherri on September 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I also adore peaches. Fresh peaches and recipes made from them. Like this one- a winner in my book!

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  10. christina on September 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Delicious! I like this recipe for crumb topping. What’s cool about this is that it’s like a pie, but without all the work, so it’s great for when you just want something quick.

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  11. shelly (cookies and cups) on September 25, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Those look so, SO good!!!

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  12. Debi (Table Talk) on September 25, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Anything with a crumb topping has my vote—

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  13. Alta on September 25, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Mmm, peaches. I love peaches, one of my favorite fruits. I think maybe, just maybe, the farmers market might still have a few. I’ll have to snatch them up to make something like these!

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  14. meatlessmama on September 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Peaches are just the best and that looks scrumtious!

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  15. ABowlOfMush on September 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, these look melt in you mouth fantastic! They look so elegant.

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  16. nicole on September 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    i WILL add these to my to do list!

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  17. lululu on September 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    these look irresistible.
    i’m sooooooo buying peaches tomorrrow.

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  18. Kerstin on September 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    These look amazing – my mouth is watering! Peaches are my favorite fruit and I especially love them in desserts!

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  19. Jen @ MaplenCornbread on September 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Oh YUM!!!! I love this idea!!! Hubby loves peaches, Ill have to make these!

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  20. Dropfood handpicked recipes on September 26, 2009 at 2:00 am

    These look delicious,and nice photos

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  21. Southern Grace Gourmet on September 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

    These look so good, I also love peaches.

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  22. Pam on September 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Your bars look SO pretty….heaven!

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  23. sara on September 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Gorgeous! I love this dessert…looks delicious. :)

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  24. katrina on September 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Beautiful! I already have some peach jam I just put up, so I may substitute some of that. Boy, nothing more delicious than peach – anything!

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  25. Ms Whit on September 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Like you I have an obsession with peaches. I like them anyway I can get them. I will certainly try your recipe soon . Have a great day.

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  26. theUngourmet on September 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Wow. It’s so rare to find that many good peaches! These bars look so moist, sweet and delicious!

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  27. Danielle on September 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    don’t those look delish!!!

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  28. sherri on September 28, 2009 at 1:12 am

    made these tonight with peaches and plums! So good :) Thanks.

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  29. Chaya on September 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I love peaches and I guess I will love them more baked as above. No peaches in the house. I have to stop at the store on my way from work.

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  30. Michele on September 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Michelle,
    These look Awesome! Do you think this recipe would work with apples? I just went apple picking and I’m looking for some new recipes to try out with the Gala and Macintosch that I picked.

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  31. Michelle on September 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Michele,

    I think these would be fabulous with apples! Yum!

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  32. Donalyn on September 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    These look really great – nice photos & I’ll be giving the recipe a try for sure. Gave the post a Stumble too!

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  33. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on October 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

    The bars look delicious!! Love peach-y desserts :)

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  34. Family Spice on October 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Bought some peaches today (gotta love SoCal!) just so I could make these bars for a party tomorrow! They look sooo good!

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  35. Cordia on October 4, 2009 at 11:45 am

    These were awesome. A little tartness with sweet. I shared this recipe with my Aunt and she made them as well and loved them. I am hoping they turn out just as good with frozen peaches since peaches are not going to be available much longer.

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  36. Tracey on October 7, 2009 at 12:22 am

    These look awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever had peach pie but in lieu of trying it maybe I’ll just make these instead!

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  37. Christine on October 15, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Wow, I am drooling over these. Thank you for sharing!

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  38. Christine on October 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    These bars ARE fabulous with apples, which I know since there are zero peaches worth buying in the midwest this time of year. The crust is what makes the dish, crumbly on top but nice and crisp on bottom. I think I’ll have to try adding this crust to a few other things. Cherries? Peanut butter bars? I’m drooling already.

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  39. Hot Polka Dot on March 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Peaches are my all-time favourite fruit. These look delicious. Thanks!

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  40. Holly on June 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Made this last night, very versatile recipe, could really do any fruit in there. Definitely going to keep the crumb part recipe as a great streusel topping for just about anything!

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  41. Idelissa on June 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Im going with my kids to Dutch Wonderland for the weekend, had some peaches and nectarines that werent going to make it, so I am so glad I found this.
    It is in the oven now, it looks great and the peach filling tastes great, raw at any rate! :-)
    This will be great to help save a few bucks in the park over the next couple of days!
    Thanks!

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  42. Karen on July 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I made this over the weekend and the whole family loved it!! I like it better than peach cobbler. Thanks!!!

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  43. Kirsten on July 31, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Made these just a couple of days ago and added blueberries and raspberries to the mix as well. These are fantastic, they remind me of a cross between a crumble and cobbler. To me they’re more of a dessert than a cookie. I had a bar today with a bowl of vanilla greek yogurt and a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream, heavenly!

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  45. Teresa on August 11, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I couldn’t resist this recipe after looking at the photo. The peaches are perfection in northern CA this week. The recipe went together in two shakes and the bars were delicious!!! Thank you!

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  46. Sugar Mama on August 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I am making this today. I bought some vanilla ice cream to go along with the bars… I’m so excited! I’ve never made anything with fresh peaches before, thank you for the inspiration!

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  47. Gail on August 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Since finding this recipe, I have made these bars 4 times – in the last month! I get rave reviews from family and friends and no one is getting tired of them yet. I may never make a peach pie again.

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  48. Jennifer on August 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I love to cook with fresh peaches. I am so happy I came across this recipe. Just one word YUMMY!!

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  49. Diana L Ossi on August 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Have made these two times in the last two weeks. Both times I used a combination of peaches, nectarines and plums. Being super lazy, I didn’t bother peeling any of the fruit and I used my food processor to make the dough. Boy, these are REALLY delicious!

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  50. Jill Rice on August 29, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Abosultely hands down the most amazing recipe for peach season!!! soooooo good with vanilla ice cream, and serious boy bait :)

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