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The Best Peach Crisp

We’ve found the crispiest, crunchiest, tastiest peach crisp ever… there IS a secret to it. This peach crisp tastes amazing on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

peach crisp with vanilla ice cream
This peach crisp boasts a tender, juicy filling that’s not mushy….and an extra crisp topping.

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.

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.

Watch Us Make Peach Crisp

sliced peaches
Plenty of fresh, juicy, sweet peaches go into this peach crisp.

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.

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
Toast the topping prior to adding to the peach crisp, for extra crispy texture.

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 in a dish with vanilla ice cream
Serve peach crisp while fresh and still-warm, with ice cream on top

Eat While freshly Baked

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.)

More to Bake and Eat


peach crisp with ice cream

The Best, Crispiest Peach Crisp

4.89 from 36 ratings
This is THE best and crispiest peach crisp you’ll ever sink your teeth into! The step of pre-baking the topping really helps you achieve that sought-after crunchy texture. Macerating the peaches ahead of time prevents the crispy from becoming watery. Just be sure to serve this awesome crisp warm, the day it’s baked.
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients  

For the Filling:

  • 3 ½ lbs semi-ripe peaches, peeled and sliced into 3/4 inch wedges
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground nutmeg
  • tsp table salt

For the Topping:

Instructions

  • Place one oven rack on lowest position and another oven rack on middle position. Preheat to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Gently toss peaches and 1/3 cup sugar together in a large bowl. Let sit for about 45 minutes, gently stirring several times, to allow maceration.
  • Meanwhile, make the Topping: In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk to combine. Drizzle vanilla over the top and stir to combine. Add cold butter pieces and use clean fingers to gently work it into a crumbly mixture, with small clumps throughout. Add nuts and gently stir just enough so the nuts stick to the mixture. Mixture should consist of 1/2 inch chunks throughout, with some small loose bits.
  • Scatter topping into a single layer on lined baking sheet. Bake on middle rack until lightly browned and firm, 12-14 minutes, giving it a gentle toss halfway through baking.
  • Drain macerated peaches in a colander set over a bowl and reserve 1/4 cup of the juice (either discard remaining juice or save it for another purpose.) Whisk the reserved juice with cornstarch, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Fold in the peaches, and gently stir to coat. Transfer peach mixture to a deep 8×8 baking dish. Sprinkle topping over the peaches evenly, pressing down gently if needed. Place on lowest rack and bake until nicely browned and filling is bubbling around edges, about 25-40 minutes (loosely tent the crisp with foil if it starts to brown too quickly.) Let peach crisp cool 15 minutes. Serve while it’s warm from the oven.

Notes

Crispy topping can be prepared and baked ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days before use.
Do serve finished peach crisp while it’s still warm, shortly after you bake it. That will ensure a crispy topping, while preventing peaches from further releasing excess juices (cooked sweet peaches continue to release juices as it sits, which leads to loss of crispness.)
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating! ♡

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: baking

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62 comments

    • Sarah Hori

    Have you frozen this recipe and heated afterwards? If so do you recommended thawing before or can I bake from frozen? And if so, how much time should I add to baking?
    Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      Sarah, I’ve yet to try freezing this recipe. If you do decide to freeze, I would bake from frozen for sure. I would bake for at least 1 hour and cover with foil if top browns before the filling bubbles.

    • Patsy

    What if the peaches I have are more ripe?

      • chewoutloud

      Patsy, you can still use them! Expect for peaches to be much softer in the filling.

    • Hayley Dhanecha

    Crumbles are my guilty pleasure and your version with peaches sounds incredible! I’ll definitely be making this one!

    • Melanie
    • 5 stars

    Yum yum, I’m a bit sucker for crisps and this one looks amazing! Peaches are in season so this is a perfect summer dessert!

    • Ksenia prints
    • 5 stars

    I love a good peach dessert in the summer, and your crisp ticks all the boxes – fast, easy and flavorful!

    • Ramona
    • 5 stars

    This peach crisp looks absolutely amazing! I am really craving this dessert right now and I’m going to make it when I have all the ingredients. Thank you for sharing this his recipe, it looks super delicious!

    • Brianna
    • 5 stars

    Pre-toasting the topping is a game changer! Never making crisp any other way now.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so happy you liked this!

    • Kate

    This looks and sounds so good. I am having friends over next week and I can’t wait to try.

    • Kushigalu
    • 5 stars

    Peach crisp is one of my favorite and this looks amazingly delicious. Great pics too. I am going to make this today.

    • Tristin
    • 5 stars

    I have been looking for ways to use summer peaches and this is the perfect recipe!

    • Allyssa
    • 5 stars

    This is so perfect! Fam really loves it and it’s my new favorite! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe, it’s easy to make and it really turned out so tasty! I highly recommend this recipe and will surely will make this one again!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you all enjoyed this!

    • Chenée
    • 5 stars

    This is perfect for me because I love a nice, buttery, crispy crumb topping! Love the idea of macerating the peaches too!

    • Rina G Gratz
    • 5 stars

    Got rave reviews from family and friends!

    • Caricia
    • 5 stars

    5 stars , I loved this recipe.
    I used canned preachers and pears together topped this Crisp off with a trawberry ice cream OH My gosh…. New house favorite. Thank you for sharing!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, super happy you all liked this, Caricia!

    • Kristin Dressman
    • 5 stars

    Very good recipe! I loved the crispy!! Everyone prefers this over a peach cobbler. I wanted to print the recipe, but there is a big ad (Retail Me Not) in the middle between the ingredients and the instructions. I didn’t print it out because of that.

      • chewoutloud

      Kristin, when I click “print” icon within the recipe card, the ad typically goes away and does not print out. Let me know if that works for you. I’m so so happy you all loved this peach crisp!! 🙂

    • Beth
    • 5 stars

    This sounds so good, and I can’t wait to try pre-crisping the topping – what a great idea!

    • Alena
    • 5 stars

    This peach crisp is IDEAL for summer! I love how you made it extra crispy too – such a gamechanger.

    • sapana
    • 5 stars

    Peach crisp looks absolutely crispy and yummy. I love all those spices you used to make it, so warm and flavorful.

    • Ramona
    • 5 stars

    This peach crisp looks divine! I am already drooling and planning on whats for dessert. The pictures you took look amazing and so tempting. I pinned this recipe because I know I will make this a lot! It looks amazing, thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Alexis
    • 5 stars

    This is the perfect peach crisp, my entire family loves it and asks for it frequently.

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