The Best, Crispiest Peach Crisp

This peach cobbler recipe is a classic and easy dessert to make ahead.

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Make ahead peach dessert

We’ve found the crispiest, crunchiest, tastiest peach crisp ever… the flavors are perfectly balanced.

peach crisp with vanilla ice cream

Perfect Peach Crisp

Our kitchen has been teeming with peaches these past couple of weeks, which we relish with every juicy bite. We know how short the season is for stone fruits, so we do a bit of hoarding while they’re freshly picked and in season.

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Not only are juicy, ripe peaches amazing as-is; they’re unbeatable when baked into the perfect peach crisp. There’s something magical about a freshly baked peach crisp that’s still warm, topped with vanilla ice cream.

After many attempts, we believe we’ve found the best peach crisp one can sink their teeth into…juicy and plump with tender peaches, just the right balance of sweetness, and covered with a supremely crispy topping.

sliced peaches

The Secret to a truly crispy topping

Pulling off the perfect peach crisp is worth a victory dance, as it can be challenging to find one that’s consistently fantastic – unless you have the perfect recipe, which you now have 🙂 Say goodbye to crisps that come out overly sweet, watery, or soggy.

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The topping for this peach crisp is the crowning glory. It’s notably crunchy, nutty, and golden-delicious.

Here’s the secret to a crispy crumble topping: toast the topping mixture in a single layer, prior to layering over the peaches. This allows the topping to get a head start in browning, ensuring your end results turns out with the crispy texture you’re after.

peach crisp in pan

Buying Peaches for Baking

For helpful tips on how to pick the perfect peaches, head over to this peach pie piece, where we break down how you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your stone fruit shopping.

Do Ahead of Time

Plan to give your freshly sliced peaches 45 minutes for maceration, as described in recipe below.

You’ll love that this winner of a topping can be completely made ahead of time. A day or two ahead, you can toast the topping mixture and keep in an airtight container until ready to use on your peach crisp. It’s like having a prepared topping that’s ready to go.

peach crisp on a white plate
peach crisp with ice cream on plate

Eat While freshly Baked

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Definitely serve this peachy crisp while it’s still warm from the oven. Same day, the sooner the better.

Because no matter what you do, no peach crisp can remain crispy if it’s been resting on top of juicy cooked peaches for a lengthy amount of time. Your baked peaches will naturally continue to release more juices as it sits, which means the topping will eventually turn softer. So don’t let her wait too long.

In reality, this peach crisp easily gets gobbled up fast, so you likely won’t need to worry about it. People can’t wait to dig their forks into this peach crisp; it smells incredible while baking.

Don’t forget a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (optional but not really.)

Try blueberry Pie Crumb Bars, too:


Here are some other crumbly treats we think you’ll love:

  1. Peach ‘n Blueberry Crumb Bars. Why not add some blue to the peaches? These bars are perfect for potlucks and gatherings.
Peach and blueberry pie bars

2. Very Berry Pie Bars. No peaches? No worries. These berry pie bars are much easier than making a pie, and they taste marvelous.

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Very Berry Pie Bars 3
  1. Pumpkin Bars with Biscoff Crumble. Fall or not, here they come. Anytime of year, these pumpkin bars with crumbly topping are a hit.
Biscoff Pumpkin Bars

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