Peaches and cream cheese cookie bars

casaveneracion.com Peaches and cream cheese cookie bars

It may look like a pie but it isn’t. It’s two layers of cookies with peaches and cream cheese in between. Just make a basic butter cookie dough, spread a third on the bottom of a pan, pile the sliced peaches on top, cover with cream cheese then drop the remaining cookie dough by teaspoonfuls on top. Bake and voila!

Very simple to make but, like most of the best things in life, there’s quite a bit of patience required as the baked dessert has to be sufficiently chilled before it is cut into bars.

But, me being me, I’ve never denied that patience has never been one of my virtues, I cut the dessert before it was completely chilled. But I have a good excuse — I wanted to take photos of the peaches and cream cheese cookie bars before the sun went down. You know, a garden shot with natural lighting. Just so you know — the bars look better structured, with less crumbling, if cut after several hours of chilling.

Based on Peachy Keen Bars.

Recipe: Peaches and cream cheese cookie bars

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 c. of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 3/4 c. of butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 and 1/8 c. of vanilla sugar*
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 can of peach halves**, drained
  • 1 250 g. block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 c. of vanilla sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 7″ x 11″ pan.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In another bowl, cream the butter and 1 and 1/8 cups of sugar until light in texture.
  5. Add one egg to the butter-sugar mixture and mix until smooth.
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  7. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until blended. That’s your cookie dough which you’ll use for the top and bottom of this dessert.
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  9. Take a third of the dough and spread evenly on the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes.
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  11. Mix together the softened cream cheese, remaining egg and 1/3 c. of sugar until smooth.
  12. Slice the peaches.
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  14. Scatter the peach slices evenly on the semi-baked dough.
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  16. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the peaches.
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  18. Take the remaining dough and drop by teaspoonfuls on top of the cream cheese mixture.
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  20. Return the baking pan into the oven and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
  21. Cool then chill. If you can wait.
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  23. Cut into bars and indulge.

Quick notes

*If you don’t have vanilla sugar, you can add about half a vanilla bean or a few drops of vanilla extract.

**You can use sliced peaches which will really make things simpler but I had peach halves so I had to slice them.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8



Comments

    • crisma says

      I told you that it is on top of my list and I did it today!!! Great news– my family loved it, great treat too,especially on a rainy day and for my son who is just getting back from his own flu bout. Mauulit nang mauulit ang dessert na ito, Connie. Thanks to you.

  1. Suzi says

    Hi Ms. Connie,

    I am looking for a dessert that uses peaches as this is my 3 year old daughter’s latest favorite. This recipe is really great! I’ll be using a vanilla bean pod since I couldn’t find vanilla sugar, any tip on how to infuse the flavor? And should I just use refined white sugar? Thank you!

  2. ana says

    Hi Ms Connie.

    Since I dont have po vanilla sugar nor vanilla po. I will use lang po vanilla extract. how much po do i put? at yung sugar po, do i use po ba the same measurements?

    thanks po!

  3. lilibeth dionisio says

    will make this asap, looks yummy n easy to bake, not like traditional cookies, needs shaping. thanks n take care

  4. natzsm says

    The canned peaches look great Ms. Connie!

    There were a couple of times I would buy canned peaches and end up with soft almost mushy peaches. Even among the same brand, quality differs. I was able to buy a really good can of peaches once which I considered being one of the best I have ever tried. The texture was really firm that one could actually slice or even dice them without any problems. I FORGOT the name of the brand and haven’t seen it since.

    What brand of peaches did you use for this recipe?

  5. crisma says

    Stunningly easy-Connie! It is now on top of my list– pwede namang i-shuffle ang order ng aking nasa list, right?
    Just getting back from a bout of my worst flu ever. Thanks again!

  6. una says

    i cannot wait to try this recipe. its over the top to all of my friends again. they all confused where is the recipe coming from. ha ha ha is your avid fan of yours here in australia miss connie i keep them all guessing.

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