Say the word “shortbread” and I’m there. Add the word “peach” and I’m totally there. Two of my favorite things in the world combined into one bar cookie called (what else?) Peach Shortbread. This is an easy dessert that uses fresh peaches and the shortbread part plays a double role. It’s the crust AND the topping. Yum.
It’s all combined in one bowl by hand…which is a nice change from using my stand mixer. A pastry blender comes in handy but if you don’t have one, your fingertips will work just fine.
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 t. baking powder
- 3 c. flour
- 1/4 t. cinnamon
- 1/8 t. nutmeg
- 1/4 t. salt
- 2 sticks unsalted cold butter
- 1 egg
- 2 peaches peeled and sliced 1/4 in. thick or as desired
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Prepare 9 x 13 pan with butter or non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl combine sugar, baking powder, flour, spices and salt with a whisk.
- Slice butter sticks and cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or your fingertips.
- Add egg and continue to blend until crumbly but beginning to hold together.
- Put 3/4 of the mixture into prepared pan and pat down firmly.
- Arrange sliced peaches in rows.
- Sprinkle with remaining crust mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until it begins to brown around the edges.
- Cool completely before cutting into squares.
I loved these. I shared them with my parents or I’m afraid I would have finished off the whole pan myself. I sliced my peaches a bit too thin though so next time I will slice them a generous 1/4 in. thick so there is more peach taste.
Hope your week has been lovely…and wishing you the same for the weekend!