Caramelized Peach Crumble Bars
Prepare yourself for the most mind-boggling dessert ever! Caramelized Peach Crumble Bars. Yep. These ooey, gooey bar-type cookies are absolutely sensational. I started with my favorite sugar cookie dough. My recipe includes almond extract so it’s really terrific. I added a layer of peaches. The great thing about this recipe, though, was I didn’t have to peel the peaches. Nope. I layered them on top of the cookie dough without peeling them before hand. I caramelized some sugar with both vanilla and almond extracts. Whoa! After that was ladled over top of the peaches, I crumbled more Sugar Cookie dough over top. These fantastic cookies were so mouthwatering and delicious, I wanted to eat the whole batch!
These delectable bars are all you could want in a cookie. The caramelized sugar bakes into the peaches causing an explosion of flavor. I first tried that caramelized sugar process in a Peach Upside Down Cake. Then I tried it with a Cherry Upside Down Cake. I loved the outcome so much, I decided to see if it would work with cookies. It did!!! Make no mistake, these cookies do turn out gooey. But it’s a marvelous way to enjoy gooey, if you ask me. 🙂
Back in August, I received a 20-pound box of fresh peaches from the Washington State Fruit Commission. They asked me to blog about my experiences with their peaches. Instead of freezing or canning the peaches, I chose to make desserts with them. This turned out to be one humdinger of a recipe. But let me say one thing. You will absolutely have to put this in a large 18×26″ cookie sheet (or larger). If you don’t have one that large (with an edge), you’ll have to divide the recipe into two large cookie sheets. Otherwise, it will overflow the pan.
We loved the way these Caramelized Peach Crumble Bars turned out. While I used fresh peaches, I believe canned peaches can be substituted rather easily. First, rinse them from all syrup (otherwise the dessert will be too sweet). Then pat them really dry with paper towels before layering them on top of the sugar cookie dough. If you enjoy peach desserts, this is a “must make” recipe! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Take a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale. Now
gorge, uh, enjoy a few of these cookies. 🙂
Caramelized Peach Crumble Bars are rich, decadent and utterly amazing.
These lovely bars are terrific for tailgating parties or potlucks.
If you enjoy peaches, you’ll devour this dessert.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the sugar cookie dough and the peach layer.
Soften butter. Add sugar, powdered sugar, eggs, almond extract, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar.
Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Press half to two-thirds of the cookie dough into the bottom of an 18×26″ cookie sheet. (If you do not have a cookie sheet this large, use two pans and adjust cooking time accordingly).
I had to moisten my hands to press the mixture into the cookie sheet.
Slice and pit peaches. Place slices about 1/8″ thick in layer on top of Sugar Cookie dough. It is okay to overlap the peaches.
I used these ingredients, plus water, for the caramelized sugar layer.
Place sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add vanilla and almond extracts.
Stir to combine, but do not stir sauce again. Instead, with a potholder on the handle, remove pan from burner every minute or two. Swish ingredients slightly so they don’t harden.
Allow mixture to come to a boil and cook exactly 15 minutes (from the time you start cooking). Remove from burner immediately.
Immediately ladle the caramelized sugar syrup evenly over top of the peaches as quickly as possible so the mixture doesn’t harden.
Here the caramelized sugar sauce has been drizzled over top of the peaches.
Now crumble the remaining cookie dough over top of the caramelized peach layer.
Bake at 350 about 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Caramelized Peach Crumble Bars are so scrumptious you won’t be able to stay out of them.
These are sure to cure any sweet tooth craving.
Prepare yourself for an explosion of flavor. The caramelized peaches are sensational. Using both almond and vanilla flavorings in the cookie dough as well as the caramelized sugar sauce is a real winner.
Here’s the recipe.
CARAMELIZED PEACH CRUMBLE BARS
(My own concoction)
One of the nice things about making this dessert is you don’t have to peel the peaches beforehand. The cookies are so mouthwatering.
These will be the first goodies snatched up at office parties, baby showers or backyard barbecues.
I loved these gooey Caramelized Peach Crumble Bars.