Indulge in the comforting allure of peaches and cream desserts, whether in the form of cake, muffins, or a delectable cobbler. Today, we’re exploring a delightful twist with a recipe for Peaches and Cream Cheesecake Bars. While I typically lean towards chocolate in my dessert choices, the occasional encounter with a fruity delight like this one is irresistible.
Featuring luscious peach pie filling, rich and buttery bars, a velvety cheesecake layer, and a finishing touch of almond glaze, this recipe is a symphony of flavors. Discover the decadence by watching the accompanying video tutorial.
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To embark on this culinary adventure, the recipe unfolds in three key parts: the bars, the cheesecake layer, and the glaze. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F and generously greasing a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Start the bars by creaming together butter and sugar until the mixture achieves a light and fluffy consistency. Introduce eggs and vanilla extract, beating the combination thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt, then gradually incorporate this dry mixture into the wet ingredients until just blended.
Take half of the resulting batter and evenly spread it across the bottom of the prepared pan, setting it aside for now. Now, let’s dive into crafting the cheesecake layer!
Peaches and Cream Bars offer a straightforward preparation process while never compromising on impressiveness. Feel free to experiment with different pie fillings to tailor the flavors to your liking. Enjoy the delightful fusion of peaches and cream in each heavenly bite!
AN ENJOYABLE AND SIMPLE DESSERT
Indulge in the delightful essence of summer with these Peaches and Cream Bars made from scratch! Revel in the layers of flaky pie crust, sumptuous cheesecake, and luscious peach pie filling. Elevate the experience with a tantalizing glaze that adds the perfect finishing touch. Make these bars your go-to dessert this summer, and you’ll savor every moment of it. No regrets—just pure enjoyment!
TIPS TO PERFECT YOUR PEACHES AND CREAM BARS:
• For those wondering about using fresh or frozen peaches, I haven’t experimented with it, so I can’t provide specific guidance. The advantage of using canned peach pie filling lies in the pre-cooked softness of the peaches and the incorporation of a sweet glaze. If you prefer fresh peaches, consider making your own peach pie filling using this recipe for Homemade Peach Pie Filling.
• Feel free to use any real butter you have available, whether it’s salted or unsalted. If opting for salted butter, omit the extra salt specified in the recipe, and ensure the butter is softened to room temperature.
• Ensure the cream cheese is completely softened to room temperature for a smooth mix. Using cold cream cheese may result in a lumpy cheesecake filling, which is not ideal.
Required Ingredients (Refer to the recipe card below for detailed instructions):
Peach pie filling
How To Make This Recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla extract, beating well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt, then gradually add to the wet mixture until just combined.
Spread half of the batter into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Beat together cream cheese and sugar, then add vanilla and egg, continuing to beat until thoroughly combined.
Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over the pie batter layer.
Spread peach pie filling over the cheesecake layer.
Drop the remaining pie batter over the pie filling, knowing it will spread during baking. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top pie crust is light golden-brown. Allow it to cool completely.
Once the bars are cooled, mix together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the top.
Cut into bars and serve!
IS IT OKAY TO UTILIZE CANNED PEACHES?
Certainly, you can opt for canned peaches in this recipe if you prefer. Aim for approximately 1-2 15 oz cans of peaches (sufficient to cover the crust). Ensure they are well-drained, and I recommend patting them dry to avoid introducing excess moisture. It’s crucial to drain them thoroughly when using canned peaches to prevent adding too much extra moisture to these Cheesecake Bars.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO ADD A GLAZE TO THESE CHEESECAKE BARS?
Occasionally, we enjoy enhancing the flavor by applying a powdered sugar glaze on top. Both vanilla and almond extracts complement the glaze perfectly, with almond being my preferred choice. This imparts a warm and delicious flavor that is simply irresistible. Additionally, you have the option to incorporate almond extract directly into the batter, offering a delightful personal touch. Believe me, it adds a fantastic touch to the overall taste.
HOW TO PROPERLY STORE CHEESECAKE BARS:
To maintain the freshness of Peach Cobbler Cheesecake bars, store them covered in the pan or in an airtight container. They can be stored this way for up to 2-3 days. Alternatively, for longer storage, follow these steps:
Freeze the bars after baking and cooling as directed.
Individually wrap each bar in plastic wrap.
Place the wrapped bars in a freezer bag.
Store the bag in the freezer for an extended shelf life of 2-3 months.
When ready to enjoy, allow the bars to defrost in the refrigerator.