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For a different take on a peach pie, try these Peaches and Cream Bars that have a shortbread crust, a creamy peach filling and a crumble topping.

For a different take on a peach pie, try these Peaches and Cream Bars that have a shortbread crust, a creamy peach filling and a crumble topping.

Photos Updated July 2015

 
 


Originally posted August 8, 2011 – What do you do when you have a recipe fail for the cake portion of a peach cake, and you are left with a huge bowl of beautiful peaches? You go to the archives, right? The old photos of these Peaches and Cream Bars weren’t even terrible, but I still used them as the excuse to make these bars again. They are super rich, buttery, and gooey, and a little bar goes a long way – but I l-o-v-e these things. The buttery crust with the sweet peaches – this is my idea of taking advantage of peach season!

The original post from 2011 follows:

If there is one food that I can’t wait to come in season here in Utah, it’s peach season. I LOVE Utah peaches. Now, I’ve never been to Georgia before, and I know that they are known for their peaches, but I’m guessing that a Utah peach would rival a Georgia peach! And now that August has hit, it is finally peach season here. I’ve been watching as people all over the country have been enjoying peaches, and I’ll admit I get quite jealous. But now I can start cooking up all of these peach ideas I have in my head!

And because I love Utah peaches so much, and because I do have a ton of ideas, I decided that this week is going to be peach week! I have 6 great peach recipes for you to enjoy! (Plus a bonus non-peach recipe this afternoon, along with a giveaway!!) I’m looking forward to sharing lots of great peach ideas with you – both sweet and savory. Just because peaches are sweet doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate them into your dinner!

Up first is the first recipe that popped into my head when I thought of peaches. It all started with peaches and cream, which I absolutely love. And then I remembered a recipe that I made way back in 2008 for Blackberry Pie Bars. Joy the Baker also made this recipe famous with her Berry Cobbler Pie Bars. And I couldn’t help but think of how great these bars would be with peaches.

I was right.  These bars were delicious.  The buttery, shortbread crust goes perfectly with the creamy peach filling.  And we all know how much I love a crumb topping!! Now I can only imagine what other fruit this recipe would be great with!
 
 
For a different take on a peach pie, try these Peaches and Cream Bars that have a shortbread crust, a creamy peach filling and a crumble topping.
 
 

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Peaches and Cream Bars
 
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For a different take on a peach pie, try these Peaches and Cream Bars that have a shortbread crust, a creamy peach filling and a crumble topping.
Serves: 24 bars
Ingredients
Crust and Topping
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
Filling
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 pounds peaches, pitted and sliced thin*
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Mix with the paddle attachment until combined. Cut the butter into small pieces and add in a few at a time. Mix until the butter is evenly combined and the mixture appears crumbly. (This can also be done by hand with a pastry cutter or with a fork.)
  3. Take out 1½ cups of the mixture and set aside. Press the remaining mixture into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add in the sour cream, flour and salt. Fold in the sliced peaches. Pour over the cooked crust. Take the remaining 1½ cups of the dry mixture and sprinkle over the top of the peaches. Bake until the top is lightly browned and the filling is set, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool at least 1 hour before cutting into bars. (I find that these slice much better after they have been refrigerated for a couple of hours.)
  5. Store in the refrigerator.
Notes
*I leave the skins on the peaches because I like to keep it simple, but you could take the peels off if desired.

adapted from The Pastry Queen

 

If you love peaches and cream, you’ll also love these recipes:

Peaches and Cream Cake from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
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26 Responses to Peaches and Cream Bars

  1. Oh mah gosh! these look heavenly. I am soo trying these!

  2. Maria says:

    Utah peaches are the best! I love these bars!

  3. oh you are lucky to have access to those peaches.
    this is just perfect deb.

  4. Now I cant say anything about Utah peaches, but i do love a good peach :) i cant waiiittt for the other ones you have to come up, but in the meantime im MORE than happy with this one! I loved the creamy lemon bars i made a while back, and im on such a fresh fruit kick at the moment that these bars just look like perfection. I cant wait to make them actually! Lovely :)

  5. Rosa says:

    Those look incredibly delicious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Stephanie says:

    Your spammer commentary made me laugh out loud.

  7. Katrina says:

    These even look like summer!

  8. I had to laugh about your comments about Utah having the best peaches because my boyfriend is from Georgia and he is all about Georgia being the best at everything including producing the best peaches! Every time we go to the store he immediately is looking for Georgia peaches and when I sneak in some local Texas peaches (which are also very tasty) he says he can always tell they aren’t Georgia peaches by the taste! But to me I just love a good juicy peach (from anywhere) and these bars sound amazing!

  9. Bev Weidner says:

    DEAR .LORD.

    I wonder how those would ship.

  10. Oh man, this is terrific. I’m allergic to raw peaches, so I love peach desserts…I can get my fix in baked form!

  11. Joanne says:

    You want to hear something crazy? I made a peaches and cream pie this weekend. Great minds and all. 😛

  12. Asiya says:

    This look delicious. I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one! I love your photography!

  13. Emily G. says:

    I just can’t resist anything with peaches this summer! Looks absolutely dee-lish!

  14. I love peaches–been using them a ton lately (had salmon with a peach salsa the other night–yum!)…can’t wait to see what else you show for peach week! :)

    approximately how many peaches did you use in these bars??

  15. grace says:

    i like peaches–they make a mean cobbler. also, no fruit pairs with the whole cream aspect as well as the peach–these bars rock!

  16. Betty says:

    Mmmm…peaches and cream- a perfect combination. :) These look great!

  17. camie says:

    OUTSTANDING! I made these peaches and “dream” bars over the weekend. I can’t say enough about them. Thank you!

  18. Tanya says:

    OMG!!! I made this last week when I went to visit my family, and we LOVED it!!! It was yummy! So so good. Thank you for sharing. This is my new favorite summer dessert!

  19. Amy says:

    Waaaaaay too much butter. I’m making these right now and I just pray they taste ok, because the bottom crust is oozing with butter while it’s baking. I knew it sounded like too much when I read the recipe, but went ahead anyway. Hopefully I haven’t wasted all these ingredients.

    • Deborah says:

      I hope they worked out for you! I literally just made these again last week (am reposting them tomorrow) and they worked out for me, so I know the recipe is correct. They are very rich and buttery, but they should hold together. :)

  20. That creamy filling look TO DIE FOR!! My mouth is water just looking at these pictures and thinking about these flavors! Love!

  21. Kris says:

    Could this be made with thawed frozen peaches?? Don’t get very good peaches around here.

    • Deborah says:

      I haven’t tried, so I can’t say for sure, but I’m afraid that the thawed frozen peaches would be too wet. But it could be worth a try! This original recipe uses blackberries, so I think that you could even sub in your favorite berry instead of the peaches as well.

  22. laura says:

    I add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the flour mixture.Also throw on a crumble to the top in the last 15 minutes of bake time.

  23. laura says:

    Also any pie filling will work with this recipe.

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