This Easy Peach Crisp Recipe is simple and delicious. Fresh peaches combine with warm cinnamon, sweet sugar, and a crispy oat topping for the perfect end-of-summer dessert. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Why We Love This Peach Crisp
In our opinion, there’s nothing better than enjoying fresh fruit on a warm summer day, especially if it’s been baked into a tantalizing dessert! Luckily, this peach crisp recipe has it all. A favorite from our childhood, there’s not a summer that goes by that we don’t make this recipe at least once. However, if we’re being honest, it’s more like once a week when peach season comes around. Not only is it nostalgic, but it’s also great for every occasion and always guaranteed to please a crowd. Yet, those aren’t the only reasons we love this peach crisp recipe! For instance, it’s also:
- Made with pantry staple ingredients.
- Baked in just 35 minutes.
- A fun way to get the kids involved in the kitchen as they can help dump and stir.
- Always delectable, and tastes even better when served with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream!
What’s the Difference Between a Peach Cobbler and a Peach Crisp?
This is one of the most common questions we get, and it’s not hard to understand why! You see, both peach and cobblers are extremely similar. For example, they’re both served warm, made with fruit and an oat or flour mixture, and are generally made during the warm summer months. Yet, they aren’t exactly the same.
Cobblers are made with a sweet fruit filling and contain a biscuit or cake-like topping. Similarly, crisps contain a fruit filling. However, they can be identified by their crisp, oat topping, as their name suggests.
Easy Peach Crisp Ingredients
One of the absolute best things about crisps is that you’re pretty much always guaranteed to have the majority of the ingredients you’ll need waiting for you on hand.
For The Filling
- Peaches – Fresh peaches work best. Or, if they’re out of season you can use frozen or canned varieties instead. Just be sure to let your frozen peaches thaw, and drain off any excess liquid.
- Sugar – A combination of granulated and light brown sugar creates the perfect balance of sweet and caramel-like flavors.
- Cinnamon – A staple in crisp recipes, cinnamon adds just a hint of warmth that balances out the sugar.
- Vanilla Extract – Used to enhance the other ingredients, a dash of vanilla creates a dessert that’s out of this world.
- Cornstarch – This is crucial to thickening the filling of your crisp and preventing it from being too runny.
- Lemon – The acidity of the lemon juice and zest cuts through some of the sweetness for a more balanced flavor.
For the Topping
- Oats – The base of the topping, oats will crisp up nicely creating an irresistible texture.
- Flour – This gives the topping a bit more depth, bulking it up and creating the crumbly appearance we want to achieve.
- Brown Sugar – When combined and melted with the butter, brown sugar emulates a caramel flavor and contributes to browning the oats.
- Butter – Everything tastes better with butter! It adds a silky, rich taste that can’t be beat.
How to Make the Best Peach Crisp Recipe
This easy peach crisp recipe is pretty much failproof. Take a look at the instructions below, and scroll down to the recipe card for the complete details!
- Preheat your oven.
- Add the peaches to an oval baking dish.
- Combine the remaining ingredients for the filling, and toss the mixture with the peaches.
- Mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour it over the peaches.
- Bake until bubbling on the sides and golden brown on top. Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
Why Is My Crisp Soggy?
If your crisp is too soggy, it’s likely because there was too much liquid in the fruit or because you didn’t let it cool long enough! If your peaches are extra sweet, you might need to add more cornstarch or use fewer peaches. Then, be sure to let your crisp sit out to cool just slightly as this will allow the center to thicken and become more solid.
Can I Leave the Skin on My Peaches?
Personally, we prefer the smooth texture that is created when you remove the skin from the peaches. However, if you want to save some time, it’s not necessary to peel them. In fact, it will help contribute to a higher fiber content that will work to keep you fuller for longer!
Can I Use a Different Fruit?
Sure! Pretty much any fruit can be used to make a crisp. In fact, the only fruits that won’t work are tropical and citrus varieties. For a different flavor, try incorporating berries, apples, pears, cherries, or even rhubarb!
If you know you’re having company, this is a great recipe to prepare in advance. Just prepare the peach filling and crisp topping, and store them in the fridge separately until the next day. Then, combine the components, and pop them in the oven. When your guests arrive, your whole house will smell incredible and have them drooling right away.
Refrigerator: Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Freezer: Let your baked peach crisp cool completely. Then, cover it first with plastic wrap followed by tin foil. Freeze for up to 2 months, and let it thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
More Fruit-Filled Desserts
Looking for more desserts that feature summer produce? Take a look at more of our favorite options!
- Made with a crisp cinnamon sugar outside and sweet strawberry center, these Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas are to-die-for!
- Fresh berries combine with soft pound cake and rich mascarpone cheese in the slow cooker for the easiest Berry Cobbler you’ll ever make.
- Layers of pound cake, fresh berries, and a fluffy cream combine in this Summer Berry Trifle for a quick dessert perfect for BBQs, pool parties, and more!
Easy Peach Crisp Recipe
- 4 cups (~6) firm peaches (peeled and sliced)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- zest of half a lemon
Oat Crumble Topping
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 10 Tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 350° F. In 13x9 baking dish, add peaches.
- In a large oval baking dish, add peaches. Toss with granulated sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- In separate bowl, whisk the topping ingredients (oats, flour, brown sugar, butter). Pour evenly over peaches. Bake for 30-35 min or until golden and bubbly.
- Bake 30-35 minutes or until edges are bubbling and the top is golden brown.
- Let cool 5-10 minutes. Serve with ice cream, if desired.