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Caramelized Peach Upside-Down Coffee Cake

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Today’s recipe is a coffee cake that begins with sugar cookie dough.  Yes, you heard me right, a coffee cake that uses sugar cookie dough in the recipe. It happens to be one of the winning recipes from the recent Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. It’s a caramelized peach upside-down coffee cake.  I saw that this recipe begins with sugar cookie dough. I was intrigued on how that would work.

You make a yummy sugary peach layer to the bottom of the pan.  It is then followed by the cakey layer.  This is where the cookie dough comes in.  It is used as a base with the addition of some eggs and baking powder to give it some lift along with some half-and-half for richness and to make the mixture a batter consistency.  After baking, you invert the cake and top it with peach preserves and pecans.

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I left the pecans out because my family isn’t fans of nuts.  However, I then added some almond extract  to the preserve mixture.  I love the taste of peaches with almonds.  The other reason, I can have that nutty flavor without adding nuts and my family has no problem with the extract.  This recipe for caramelized peach upside-down coffee cake totally works and was completely consumed by my family of 5.

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Caramelized Peach Upside-Down Coffee Cake

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  • 1 roll Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • ¼ cup LAND O LAKES® Unsalted or Salted Butter
  • cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced peeled peaches or frozen sliced peaches thawed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 LAND O LAKES® Eggs
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • cup Smucker's® Peach Preserves
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • ¼ tsp almond extract


  • Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften.
  • Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Line 10-inch springform pan with foil. Lightly spray bottom and side of foil-lined pan with non-stick spray.
  • In 12-inch skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon until blended. Add sliced peaches; cook 4 to 6 minutes or until peaches are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Spoon and spread peach mixture over bottom of pan.
  • In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add baking powder and eggs. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until well blended.
  • On low speed, beat in half-and-half an additional minute or until cookie dough mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour mixture evenly over peaches in pan.
  • Bake 35 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 2 minutes.
  • Place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Carefully remove foil. Cool 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, stir peach preserves, orange juice, and almond extract together until blended. Microwave peach mixture on High 30 to 60 seconds or until warm.
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Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.

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  2. I made this exact recipe recently and I too was a little skeptical about use of cookie dough in this recipe but it turned out wonderfully! Those folks at Pillsbury know how to choose a winner!