An easy peach dessert that features a shortbread crust. These peach shortbread bars are quick to make, and have a very fresh taste. Perfect for peach season!
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 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold butter (2 sticks cut into thin slices)
- 1 large egg
- 3 large peaches
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Prepare a 9 x 13 inch pan with butter or non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Wash and peel peaches. Cut into slices about 3/8 to 1/2 inches thick. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine sugar, baking powder, flour, spices, and salt with a whisk.
- Cut the butter slices 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 1/2 to 3/4 of the mixture into the 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!