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The Perfect Peach Crisp – Sally’s Baking Addiction

Showcasing sweet and juicy peaches bubbling beneath a toasted pecan oat streusel, peach crisp takes less than half the time and effort required for traditional peach pie. Served warm with cold vanilla ice cream, summer dessert doesn’t get much better than this!

peach pecan crisp in white round baking dish with 3 vanilla ice cream scoops on top.

This peach crisp combines a mountain of jammy, juicy summer peaches under sweet and crumbly oat streusels. It also requires a mountain of willpower to not eat the entire pan. Trust me, I’ve made this at least 3x each summer since 2015 and there are never any leftovers. It’s the *best* peach dessert. (Sorry, peach pie.)

One reader, Tammy, commented: “This has to be the best peach crisp recipe I have ever made or had. We absolutely loved it. It was simple and I had all the ingredients on hand. Was a great way to use up the rest of our gorgeous, fresh Georgia peaches. This recipe is going in my personal cookbook to make again and again. ★★★★★

Here’s Why You’ll Love This Peach Crisp

  • Showcase Fresh Peaches: This is the perfect recipe for peaches to shine during peak season.
  • Easier Than Pie: I absolutely adore peach pie, but there’s no doubt that homemade pie is a labor of love. Sometimes we need a crowd-pleasing dessert that’s easier, but just as seasonal and impressive. In this peach crisp, you’re swapping pie crust for an easy oat pecan streusel topping.
  • Wonderful Mix of Textures: Thick, soft, juicy peach filling + crispy, nutty, toasted topping.
  • Full of Flavor: While the peaches steal the spotlight, they’re enhanced by a supporting cast of brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, lemon, and vanilla—which work together to deliver a caramelized flavor you will love.
  • No Eggs: Another egg-free baking recipe.
  • No Waiting: You don’t have to wait for anything to come to room temperature, chill, or cool! This is a crowd-pleasing dessert you can prep, bake, and serve in about an hour.
peach crisp with vanilla ice cream on blue floral plate.

Fruit crisps, such as this strawberry vanilla crisp and my apple crisp, are the indisputable dessert champions as they only require a baking dish, fruit, and streusel. And they have so much texture in each warm bite. No need to dirty your rolling pin!

Not a fan of an oat topping? You’ll love this fan-favorite peach cobbler instead.

Ingredients to Use & Why

  1. Fresh Peaches: You need about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of peaches, or about 6 medium-size peaches, cut into slices. Peeling them is optional. See below for information on the best peaches to use.
  2. Flour: All-purpose is best here. You’ll use flour in both the filling and the topping.
  3. Sugar: You need granulated sugar for the filling and brown sugar for the topping.
  4. Salt: For its flavor-enhancing superpowers.
  5. Lemon Juice: The filling tastes a little flat without it.
  6. Vanilla Extract: I love using vanilla in this strawberry vanilla crisp, and it’s great in this recipe too.
  7. Cinnamon: Warm cinnamon spice and peach desserts go hand-in-hand.
  8. Butter: To prevent it from melting too soon and losing texture, use very cold butter. This will give the topping that incredible crumbly texture, when the pieces of cold butter hit the hot oven and melt all over the peach crisp. I take the butter out of the refrigerator, cut it into cubes, and then place the cubed butter in the freezer for about 10–15 minutes before I need it.
  9. Oats: Whole rolled oats are best in this crisp topping, but quick oats work too.
  10. Pecans: Chop up some unsalted pecans for the topping. You can leave them out for a nut-free dessert.
  11. Vanilla Ice Cream (for Serving): Optional, but strongly encouraged! The way the ice cream starts melting when it hits that warm peach crisp is just about the most mouthwatering dessert experience I can think of!
ingredients on marble counter including peaches, oats, flour, butter, lemon pecans, and sugar.

Want to level up your peach crisp? Try my brown butter blueberry peach skillet crisp.

Making Peach Crisp Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Combine filling ingredients, and spread in a lightly greased baking dish. You can use pretty much any 9-inch or 2- to 2.5-quart baking dish, such as a deep-dish 9-inch pie dish, 10-inch cast iron skillet, or a 9-inch square baking pan. This is a smaller size pan than the one needed for this apple crisp.
  2. Combine topping ingredients. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, then use a pastry cutter or forks to work the cold cubed butter into the dry ingredients, breaking it down into pea-sized pieces. The mixture should be crumbly. Stir the oats and chopped pecans into the topping mixture *after* you cut in the butter. You don’t want them to break down too much. This is the same way we make the topping for bourbon cherry crisp. Sprinkle the topping all over the filling. And then…
  3. BAKE. That’s it! The peaches release their juices, the juices bubble up, the topping becomes crunchy and toasted. And you don’t even have to wait for it to cool down, because you can dig into this peach crisp while it’s warm. YUM!

All the tasty perks of a traditional peach pie in a fraction of the time.

peach filling in glass bowl with red spatula.
crumb oat mixture in bowl and shown again in baking pan.

It will seem like a lot of topping, but keep in mind that a lot of it seeps down into that juicy peach layer.

peaches dessert with oat streusel pecan topping in white round baking dish.
What Are the Best Peaches for Peach Crisp?

You can use any variety of peaches, yellow or white, but you want slightly firm (not hard) peaches with no bruises or soft spots. Your best bet is to purchase or pick about 10 firm peaches (about 3 pounds), then let them sit in a paper bag for 1–2 days to ripen. Some may have soft spots after this time, so that is why I suggest buying a couple more than you actually need. Eat any overly soft peaches or use them in peach muffins.

What’s the Difference Between Peach Crisp and Peach Cobbler?

This is a great question, and I definitely want to answer it for anyone wondering. Peach crisp and peach cobbler both showcase peaches, but they have different toppings. Peach crisp includes a buttery streusel-like oat crumb topping, while peach cobbler typically has a thicker, more substantial biscuit topping. Both are easier than pie!

Can I Use Frozen Peaches in Peach Crisp?

Fresh peaches are best for peach crisp, but you can get away with unsweetened frozen peaches. If using frozen peaches, thaw, chop, and blot them dry before using. Canned peaches are not ideal because they’re already too soft and mushy.

Can I Make Peach Crisp Without Oats?

You can make this peach crisp without oats using most of the same exact ingredients. Use the topping from apple crumble pie. Don’t over-mix—it will become a paste if you over-mix. Use the same oven temperature and bake time as below.

close up of peach crisp.