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!

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. 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

Tips for the best Peach Shortbread Bars

  • The shortbread mixture can be combined in two ways. First, 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. Second, use a Kitchenaid (with the paddle attachment) or hand mixer. 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.
  • This recipe calls for fresh peaches, and I would not recommend substituting canned peaches.
  • 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.
  • You can, of course, cut these peach shortbread bars into smaller pieces to feed more people.
shortbread bars crust in pyrex pan
  • I lined up the peaches on the crust so they would look pretty in the pictures. For a “peachier” dessert, feel free to pile them on!
  • If you don’t care for peaches, good substitutes are apples or pears.
  • 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.
peach shortbread bars in pyrex pan
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!
4.67 from 33 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peach shortbread bars, shortbread crust
Servings: 12 pieces
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 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, 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.


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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peach shortbread bars on white pedestal

This is a straight-forward and easy recipe that anyone can make. Peach season in the Midwest is right around the corner. In the South, you are probably in the thick of it. Either way, when you get the chance, pick up some peaches and enjoy this tasty dessert!

Until next time…

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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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. :-)

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

  7. Laura Anne says:

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. I can’t wait to make these… peaches and I’m sure these are wonderful! Thank you!

  14. Can I use almond flour instead of white flour?

  15. 5 stars
    We just started getting Georgia peached in Ontario. Perfect timing. You’ll need to repost those recipe .in August when Ontario peaches are ready. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks delish!

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

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

  19. This looks amazing!
    I’m going to try it this weekend.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Glenda Childers says:

    Wow, Ann. I would like this right now and it is still early in the morning.


  22. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    LOL I know, right?!? You totally had my attention with “peach” and “shortbread.” ;P

    Wow, it looks great, and I love how professional-looking your blog has become……it is a joy to visit!!!!

  23. Amy @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes says:

    Shortbread is one of my all-time faves…What could be better than combining it with peaches? I’ve pinned already!

  24. Lynn Mosher says:

    Oh…my…gosh! I’m with you, Ann! Love shortbread and peaches. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much!

  25. Oh, Ann. I am trying not to drool. I love shortbread and peaches, too.

  26. YUM! I am going to try these tonight! Thanks Ann!

  27. Debra @ Frugal Little Bungalow says:

    oh MY I’ll have to try this one soon! :) Looks so darn good! :)

  28. Pamela Gordon says:

    These look really good Ann! I love how you style your food photos. Beautifully done!

  29. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Oh, Yummy! These looks sublime! I love all shortbread! Pinning!