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Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars

Recipe By Tessa Arias
July 11th, 2018
5 from 5 votes
5 from 5 votes

Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars feature a chewy cinnamon cookie bar layer loaded with a homemade gooey caramel peach topping.

Yield: 9 bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Caramel + peach + snickerdoodle is the epitome of summer sweetness!
Texture: The snickerdoodle bars are chewy while the caramel peach topping is ultra gooey and soft.
Ease: The ingredient list may look slightly overwhelming, but I promise this recipe is actually super simple and easy.
Pros: Enjoy the flavors of peach pie without all of the time and work!
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Definitely!

I can’t even describe how amazing these Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars will make your house smell as you whip them up. Better than any candle, just like pure summery heaven!

Seriously, just when in this 21st century will we finally get Smell-O-Vision? Can you imagine watching the Food Network or any recipe video on Facebook with all the tasty aromas? I don’t think we’d get anything done as a society.

Easy homemade caramel peach topping

One of the best parts of summer is smelling the intoxicating aroma of ripe stone fruit as you walk past them in the market.

Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars feature a chewy cinnamon cookie bar layer loaded with a homemade gooey caramel peach topping.

When it comes to berries and stone fruit, I usually like to enjoy them totally fresh and natural. But sometimes I’m inspired to bake with them, especially if I have extra that I can’t eat up before it spoils.

Homemade caramel peach snickerdoodle cookie bars

These Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars are the perfect simple way to enjoy peaches all summer long!

Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe Tips

Cookie Bars

The cream of tartar and cream cheese in this recipe both help to create a slightly tangy flavor and soft chewy texture. That extra egg yolk also lends a rich chewy bite. I added in a tablespoon of milk to loosen up the dough to create a nice smooth bar.

All of these little steps and ingredients add up to create something truly delicious. I’d definitely recommend making the recipe as it’s written.

Peach Topping

You can use fresh peaches that you peel, pit, and slice or you can use thawed frozen sliced peaches here! If using fresh, make sure the peaches are ripe.

The caramel peach topping may look like a lot of ingredients, but really you’re just combining them all in a skillet for less than 10 minutes. It couldn’t be simpler. Cooking the peaches in this butter sugar mixture is what creates that caramel flavor. Way simpler than making actual caramel but just as tasty!

Serving & Storing

The snickerdoodle bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days before topping. Once you top the bars with the caramel mixture they should be eaten that day. Or, you can refrigerate the topped bars overnight then reheat in the microwave to serve.

I cut the bars into squares before topping them for the best presentation.

These bars would also be mighty delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars feature a chewy cinnamon cookie bar layer loaded with a homemade gooey caramel peach topping.

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

5 from 5 votes

How to make
Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars

Yield: 9 bars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Caramel Peach Snickerdoodle Bars feature a chewy cinnamon cookie bar layer loaded with a homemade gooey caramel peach topping.


For the snickerdoodle bars:

  • 1 1/2 cups (191 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces (57 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the caramel peach topping:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 cups (420 grams) peeled, pitted, and sliced peaches (from about 4 to 5 peaches – thaw if using frozen)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


Make the bars:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 by 8-inch metal baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugars on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  4. Press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on top. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely.

Make the topping:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. In a large bowl, toss all the remaining ingredients together. Add the peach mixture to the hot pan and cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Top the bars with the warm peach caramel mixture and serve.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Ginny P. — July 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I made these bars and the flavor was fantastic. Only problem…they were a little crumbly when you ate them. I believe I followed the recipe correctly. Any thoughts??
    Thank you.

    • #
      Tessa — July 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Did you weigh your flour, Ginny?

  2. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I am swooning over the caramel peach topping here! Making these bars asap!

  3. #
    run 3 — August 19, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    The cakes you make are very attractive. You must be a good baker.

  4. #
    Cindy :-) — August 29, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    The cake is perfectly buttery and tender. Used fresh peaches. The topping is so good. The recipe is easy and perfectly written.

  5. #
    Monica Rocha — January 2, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    This is the best snickerdoodle bar I’ve ever made!

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    Aleesha Ahmed — May 2, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    I made this twice and both times it was the star of the evening! I made it for someone’s dinner party and all the guests were saying that it stole the host’s show hahaha.

    • #
      Tessa — May 4, 2021 at 8:10 am

      I’m so happy to hear these were a hit, Aleesha!!

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