I have this massive pile of Style at home magazines building in my house. It started with a subscription that was only $1 for a year… how could I pass that up?! but it’s been over a year and they just keep coming, not that I’m complaining, who doesn’t love free magazines? My point is, these magazines keep coming and I usually just skim through them to look at the pretty rooms and dream about winning the lottery but this time Kristen was looking through it and came across this gem….
With her housewarming party coming up we thought they would make a good summer treat to serve. Boy were we right! I get pretty nervous about sharing things I’ve baked if it’s something new so, we did a test run during our Thursday night hangout and decided they would be better with some cinnamon in them too (we may be addicted to it) and then kept changing little things from that point. So our bars are based on this delicious looking recipe but they have a Ferah and Kristen flare. We don’t know what the original recipe tastes like but these were such a hit, I don’t think we would do them another way.
We made this with fresh peaches, which definitely would be best but if it’s not peach season and you’re wanting to give this a shot, you can give canned peaches a try. Make sure you drain them well before tossing them, otherwise it will just be peach cobbler with some bread at the bottom rather than a bar. But! if you have fresh peaches, use them!
Also, these go great with some vanilla ice cream!
I’ve broken down the ingredients below so you know what measurements you need for each layer. But all this recipe takes is: unsalted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar (optional), vanilla, salt, flour, cinnamon, peaches, lemon juice.
Here is what you need:
- 1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 4 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced thinly
- 1 tsp lemon juice (if you’re using canned peaches I would use lemon zest instead, so they’re not too watery)
- 1/4 sugar
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup softened, unsalted butter
- 1/4 brown sugar
- 1/4 granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup of flour (plus more if needed)
Here is what you do:
- Preheat your oven to 375°
- Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, we used a stand mixer but a hand mixer is just as good
- Add in vanilla and salt
- Once everything is combined, slowly add in the flour until you mixture resembles a crumble .
- Press batter into the bottom of your pan, covering it as evenly as possible
- In a large bowl, toss your peach slices, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar
- Once peaches are covered, lay peaches out on the base in your baking dish
- Beat butter and sugars in mixer until light and fluffy
- Add in vanilla, salt and cinnamon
- Gradually add in flour until mixture is crumbly (aim for pea sized chunks)
- Sprinkle over the peaches (you can use all of the topping you made and cover the entire layer of peaches, or you can be more sparing with your topping. We opted to use it all with this batch)
- At this point we chose to sprinkle some more cinnamon on top because….why not?
Now you’re going to bake it in your oven for 50 minutes. Check on it around the 30 minute mark, if the top is looking dark place a piece of tin foil loosely over the top.
Let cool before cutting, it is your choice on the sizes you want. The first time we made it, we cut 2″x2″ pieces and for the housewarming we cut the pieces small enough to fit in cupcake liners to make it easier for people to grab and go.
Do you have any peach recipes we should give a try?
Any go to foods when you’re hosting a party?
Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!