Fresh Peach Shortbread Bars

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An easy peach dessert that features a shortbread crust. These peach shortbread bars are quick to make, and have a very fresh flavor. Perfect for peach season!

peaches on shortbread crust in pan

*This recipe was originally published in 2013. It’s been updated with brand new images, and much more information. Enjoy!

Say the word “shortbread” and I’m there. Add the word “peach” and I’m totally there! These peach shortbread bars are a combination of two of my favorite things in the world, peaches and shortbread. The end result is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that is sure to please all your peach-loving family and friends.

Why This Recipe Works

These peach shortbread bars are super simple, and the best part about this recipe is that the shortbread mixture plays a double role. It’s the crust AND the topping.

peach shortbread bars ingredients

Main Ingredients + Variations

  • Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • All purpose flour
  • Seasonings
  • Salted or unsalted butter
  • Egg
  • Peaches: this recipe calls for fresh peaches, and I would not recommend substituting canned peaches. Other fresh fruits that would be good substitutes are apples and pears.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to the dough mixture for added flavor.
  • A light sprinkling of almonds can be added for the last 10 minutes of baking time.
shortbread bars crust in pyrex pan

How to Make

  • 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 and put into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine sugar, baking powder, flour, spices, and salt with a whisk, or an electric mixer on low speed.
  • Cut the butter slices into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, your fingertips, or a mixer.
  • Add the egg and continue to blend until crumbly. The dough will look like sand with little chunks of butter.
  • Put 3 to 4 cups of the shortbread 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.
peach shortbread bars in pyrex pan

Tips for the Best Peach Shortbread Bars

  • The shortbread mixture can be combined in two ways.
    1.) Combine the ingredients in one bowl, by hand. A pastry blender works as well, but if you don’t have one, your fingertips will definitely get the job done.
    2.) Use a KitchenAid stand mixer, a hand mixer, or a food processor. Just put the ingredients in your mixing bowl, and use a low speed on the mixer. After mixing, if you have any big chunks of butter, break them up with your hands.
  • It’s a personal choice whether or not you peel the peaches before adding them to the shortbread crust. Sometimes I peel fruit that I’m using for a baked dessert, and sometimes I don’t.
  • A teaspoon or two of fresh lemon juice can be added to the peaches to prevent browning.
  • You can, of course, cut these peach shortbread bars into smaller pieces to feed more people.
  • I lined up the peaches on the crust in a single layer so they would look pretty in the pictures. For a “peachier” dessert, feel free to pile them on!
  • If you prefer a thinner crust, use 3 cups of the shortbread mixture for the crust, and be extra generous with the topping. For a thicker crust, use 4 cups of the shortbread mixture. Depending on this choice, you may have some shortbread mixture left over.
  • For a touch more sweetness, a powdered sugar glaze can be drizzled over the bars after they are completely cooled.
  • These bars are delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
peach shortbread bars on cooling rack

This is a straight-forward and easy recipe that anyone can make. Peach season in the Midwest is short, but something we all look forward to. When you get the chance, pick up some fresh peaches, and enjoy this tasty dessert!

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peach shortbread bars on white pedestal
peach shortbread bars in pyrex pan

Fresh Peach Shortbread Bars

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!
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4.69 from 35 votes
Servings: 12 pieces
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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, or an electric mixer on low speed.
  • Cut the butter slices into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, your fingertips, or a mixer.
  • Add the egg and continue to blend until crumbly. The mixture will look like sand with little chunks of butter.
  • Put 3 to 4 cups of the shortbread 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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19 Comments

  1. Looks like a great recipe, but who has peaches in March? Peaches are a summer fruit.

  2. 3 stars
    3 peaches not nearly enough – had to use total of 6 medium & large peaches. Carmelized peaches first & hyped up spices. Maybe brown sugar instead of white?

  3. 5 stars
    Ann, this recipe is delicious. I made it just as the recipe instructed me…perfect. I made it ahead of hosting a girlfriend gathering, to see if it met my needs for the gathering. You nailed it! It’s a winner.

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is easy and absolutely delicious! I crave these bars every summer and make them on repeat! Terrific with coffee in the am. :-)

  5. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Fresh peaches and shortbread. Yummy!
    I also want to tell you how much I love your blog. I have used many of your
    decorating and gardening ideas. Please keep them coming.

  6. This looks so delicious. Pour me a cup of coffee and I’m all in!! Thanks for sharing!😊

  7. I walked right past the peaches in grocer yesterday – the aroma was incredible – I am going back today so I can make this recipe!! Yum

  8. Laura Anne says:

    5 stars
    I might try these with a fruit combination, since we have peaches, apples and raspberries aplenty right now.

  9. Do.you think these can be frozen?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Crystal…honestly I’m not sure, but I would think so. If you give it a try, let us know how they come out. Thank you!

  10. sharon omachel says:

    4 stars
    What a summer combination. I’ve made shortbread cookies numerous times, and I was wondering if some cornstarch should be added to make the shortbread even more decadent?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      The cornstarch may make it a bit lighter. If you decide to add cornstarch, remove the same amount of flour so everything balances out. Let us know how it comes out!

  11. 5 stars
    Refreshing!! The bar cookies were amazing! Tasted like biting into a fresh peach. We serve them cooled out of the fridg. Family requested them again this week.

  12. Oh my goodness. Me too: shortbread AND peach. Thank you!!!

  13. Oh my goodness! Shortbread is my favorite, and peaches, too! I can’t wait to make these!

  14. These look like a keeper! Can’t wait to try them.

  15. Peaches are my favorite fruit! I will be trying these later this summer when our Michigan peaches are here.

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