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Bourbon Peach Shortbread Bars Dessert

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

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 Leah came up with this delightful shortbread bar that brings highlights the wonderful peach.

A Stack of Peach Bourbon Shortbread Bars - separated by parchment squares. Peach, bourbon bottle and flowers in background

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 backgroundColander / Parchment Paper / Whisk

Mixer / 9×9 Pan

What Ingredients are needed for the Peach Bourbon Shortbread Bars?

  • Crust and Topping
    • Flour
    • Vanilla Extract
    • Sugar
    • Butter
    • Salt
  • Filling
    • Lemon Juice
    • Bourbon
    • Brown Sugar
    • Cornstarch
    • Peaches
    • Cinnamon
    • Nutmeg
  • Glaze
    • Bourbon
    • Milk
    • Powdered Sugar

Stack of peach bars, one on plate and one on parchment paper. Whiskey bottle, peach and greneery behind

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!

Bourbon Peach Shortbread Bars - top shot, stack of bars and whiskey bottle on left side

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Bourbon Peach Shortbread Bars - top shot, stack of bars and whiskey bottle on left side
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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. A great peach cobbler with pie crust.


For the peach Filling

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


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

Crust and Topping

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


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: 408Total Fat: 20.8gSaturated Fat: 12.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 51.7gFiber: 1.8gSugar: 29.7gProtein: 3.7g

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Rahul @ samosastreet

Thursday 1st of October 2015

I have a serious weakness for shortbread, and with the addition of seasonal fruit it’s irresistible.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 3rd of October 2015

Absolutely! It is pretty divine!

Kathy | Mom Learns To Cook

Monday 21st of September 2015

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

The 'Noms.

Monday 21st of September 2015

It makes it pretty decadent! Enjoy!

Sami Fait

Monday 21st of September 2015

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

The 'Noms.

Monday 21st of September 2015

Haha! Thanks, Sami! It's totally like a drink, just a solid, very sweet drink! ;)


Monday 21st of September 2015

That looks delicious!

The 'Noms.

Monday 21st of September 2015

Thanks so much!


Monday 21st of September 2015

These look so yummy! can't wait to try :)

The 'Noms.

Monday 21st of September 2015

Thank you! Enjoy!

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