Bourbon Peach Shortbread Bars Dessert

A fall peach dessert that is boozy and sweet.



We continue to celebrate the wonderful bounty of Peach Season with this deliciously decedent dessert. The Colorado peaches we have are candy sweet and are perfect for use in some great desserts. We had a nice peach pie recently (which resulted in this Peach Pie Cocktail) so we wanted to make something a little different, so Mrs. Nom came up with this delightful shortbread bar that brings highlights the wonderful peach.



Peach Dessert

Adding some of the caramel and vanilla notes of the bourbon along with some cinnamon and nutmeg makes for a delicious filling that packs in a whole bunch of spice and bourbon flavor to the peaches.




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Peach Shortbread bars stacked, some in background on plate. Peaches and bourbon bottle in background

Colander / Parchment Paper / Whisk

Mixer / 9×9 Pan






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The shortbread crust on this bar is buttery sweet and crumbly, just sweet and toasty enough to make a nice base for the peach filling. The bourbon in the peach filling gives another layer of flavor that further enhanced the toasted vanilla and butter of the crust and topping.  The bourbon glaze gives a rich sweet bourbon aroma that makes this a delightful adult peach dessert!




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Bourbon Peach Shortbread Bars Dessert

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
A delightful boozy dessert with peaches and shortbread.


Crust and Topping

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Filling

  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 cups ripe peaches, chunked or thinly sliced
  • dash each of cinnamon and nutmeg


  • bourbon and milk to thin
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


For the Bars

Set the oven to 350°.

Place peaches in a bowl, add bourbon, lemon juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to coat peaches. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer, add salt and vanilla extract.

Mix in the flour until just combined. The mixture will be crumbly.

Butter or parchment line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Leave edges to the parchment paper to pull out of the pan later.

Press 2/3 of the dough evenly onto the bottom of the pan. Spread out the peach mixture evenly over the crust.

Make sure to keep the extra peach liquid out of the pan. You can place the peaches in a colander to drain if you would like before putting into the crust.

Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the peaches.

Bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown.

Cool before cutting or glazing.

For the Glaze

Stir together the powdered sugar and bourbon, with a dash of milk to a consistency that can be drizzled. Use a small spoon and drizzle over the bars.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408 Total Fat: 20.8g Saturated Fat: 12.9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 54mg Sodium: 274mg Carbohydrates: 51.7g Fiber: 1.8g Sugar: 29.7g Protein: 3.7g


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38 thoughts on “Bourbon Peach Shortbread Bars Dessert

  1. Wow, I am definitely pinning this…I’ve never been one to cook with alcohol, it is just WAY too intimidating, but this sounds amazing. I really love fruit, especially peaches, so this is right up my alley. I’ll probably send this recipe along to my husband though since he’s really the baker in the family (I am the one that mixes up flour & powdered sugar on a regular basis). Thanks for sharing!

  2. My mouth is quite literally watering as we speak. These look divine! Plus when I came to your page, the first thing I saw was a Moscow Mule–which is my all-time favorite drink. I’m just in love! haha

  3. These look AMAZING! OMG! I think I’m going to try this with apples.. I just went apple picking and I have so many.. I’m sure it would be just as delicious as the peaches

  4. le sigh. these speak to me. i am not a desserts type of gal, at all, but every now and then ill splurge and get a pastry with my coffee at breakfast. these look so frickin good!! wanna know what board i pinned this to? Mindful Drinks. hahaha <3

  5. I love shortbread all by itself, but adding peaches and bourbon to it knocks it out of the park! Definitely pinning for later!

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