A buttery shortbread crust is topped with sweet, ripe peaches and an oat-flecked crumble in these delicious, easy-to-assemble Peach Crisp Bars!
Aren’t peaches the best thing ever? Each summer, I take ample advantage of them while they’re abundant, incorporating them into breakfasts and snacks and drinks and desserts and eating them fresh by the bushel. My family especially loves peach cobbler, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit — or even enjoy the occasional hand-held peach treat. And that’s how I came up with these buttery, crumbly Peach Crisp Bars!
These bars start with a homemade shortbread crust that comes together quickly in the food processor with a just a few simple ingredients. Then fresh peaches are peeled, sliced, and layered on top. And finally, some reserved shortbread crumbs are mixed with oats and sprinkled over the peaches. The pan is baked until the peaches are bubbly and the crumble on top turns golden. The final result? Summer peach perfection! And with homemade vanilla ice cream on top? Don’t even get me started…
In addition to being yummy, another great thing about this recipe is that the kids can help make it! My three really enjoyed taking turns pulsing the food processor and pressing the crust into the pan. I handled boiling and blanching the peaches (which makes them a cinch to peel), but the kids did the rest of the assembly for these Peach Crisp Bars. After all, I have to keep those little hooligans busy or else I’ll find myself the primary target of their summertime “Spy Club,” which apparently involves some pretty strict rules for membership.
On the plus side, it’s blissfully quiet while they sneak around the house stalking me, so I guess there are worse ways for them to entertain themselves when it gets too hot to play outside.
Whether you’re craving a dessert that screams summer or you need a recipe to impress everyone at your upcoming 4th of July shin-dig, Peach Crisp Bars are sure to satisfy! They’re fresh, they’re sweet, and they’re buttery…in fact, they’re so good that they’ve even been known to bring walkie-talkie-wielding spies out of hiding. 😉
Adapted from Five Heart Home
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