Brown Sugar Peach Shortcake Recipe

Brown Sugar Peach Shortcake Recipe – Buttery flaky shortcake biscuits get topped with brown sugar soaked ripe peaches and fluffy whipped cream for the ultimate summer delight.

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Close up of one Brown Sugar Peach Shortcake served on a white plate with a peach slice and more shortcakes in the background

The Perks and Highlights of these Peach Shortcakes

As much as I love peaches in their natural form, I also love introducing them into my desserts. What’s better than fresh Georgia or South Carolinian peaches in the summertime? How about taking those sweet, juicy peaches, combining them with a few classic and rich Southern ingredients, and whipping up an even sweeter peach dessert? So today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite peach creations: Brown Sugar Peach Shortcakes!

Tender sour cream biscuits, brown sugar peaches swimming in a natural juice, and soft whipped cream spell summer on a plate. A couple of weeks ago, I made this incredible brown sugar peach shortcake recipe on the Today Show, and everyone raved about these biscuits. They could not get enough of them and neither will you.


I have seen quite a few versions of shortcakes ranging from sponge cakes to biscuits. Biscuits are the traditional foundation, and they are perfect for a few reasons:

  1. First, they are sturdy enough to hold up to whatever you fill them with.  
  2. Secondly, they add a savory yet sweet touch to a dessert classic.
  3. Lastly, they are absolutely wonderful for soaking up the juices and flavors of the fruit stacked inside.  Incredible!

The thing about this brown sugar peach shortcake recipe is it provides the perfect shortcake base.  They are tender and flaky due to the super cold butter and sour cream. Remember, the cold butter is absolutely key for perfect biscuits.  If your butter is even somewhat warm, pop it back in the refrigerator to get the flakiness your biscuits deserve. Now most would not use sour cream in a biscuit but you should try it because the results are so impressive.  

I also love the additional sugar I have added to this biscuit so it is a bit sweeter than a savory biscuit but it is also pretty wonderful on its own slathered with butter or some jam.  

Overhead shot of three brown sugar peach shortcakes served on white plates with forks next to biscuits, fresh peaches and a bowl of sliced peaches with a spoon

Selecting the Perfect Peach

I’d like to offer you a helping hand when it comes to selecting the perfect peach because it’s a bit trickier than you might think. I love to buy my peaches locally, at a farmers market if possible. There are so many incredible spring through summer markets in Chicago. But don’t worry there are great options at your local grocery stores too. All you’ve gotta do is pay attention to the tips and tricks I’m about to lay down for you.

When are Peaches Ripe?

Don’t be fooled by a pink, rosy blush on a peach. That is actually not a sign of ripeness. Look for the yellow undertone on the fruit’s skin. Ripe peaches will have a warm, creamy yellow or yellow-orange undertone. Just make sure there are no hints of green on the peach, which is a sign that the peach was picked too early. Be sure to check the fruit for bruises or broken skin and pick the unblemished ones. Don’t be afraid to use your nose too. Peaches should have a mild scent, if it’s too fragrant then your peach is overripe. If you follow these simple tips I’ve provided then you’re guaranteed to always find the absolute best peaches.

Other Shortcake Recipes to Try

If you like this brown sugar peach shortcake recipe, you’ll probably love some of my other shortcake recipes.
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Brown Sugar Peach Shortcake Recipe

Brown Sugar Peach Shortcake Recipe – Buttery flaky shortcake biscuits get topped with brown sugar soaked ripe peaches and fluffy whipped cream for the ultimate summer delight.
4.31 from 13 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 people


For the Shortcake Biscuits

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter very cold cut into cubes
  • 1 1/3 cup sour cream cold
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 tsp water whisked together
  • Turbinado Sugar for garnish
  • Whipped Cream for serving

For the Peaches

  • 4 cups ripe peach slices 8-9 medium peaches
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice


For the Shortcake Biscuits

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper.  
  • Add flour, sugar, baking soda and salt to bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine.  Add butter cubes to flour mixture and pulse until small and medium sized crumbs form.
  • Lastly add sour cream and vanilla and pulse until it is just combined.
  • Turn biscuit dough out onto floured board and knead just to combine everything but do not overmix.
  • Press the dough out with your hands to about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thickness and cut using a round biscuit cutter. Next place the biscuits on the parchment paper lined baking pan and refrigerate for 20-25 minutes.  
  • Just before baking, brush the tops of the biscuits with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake shortcake biscuits for 16-19 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

For the Peaches

  • Add peaches to a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle sugar and pour orange juice over peaches and toss together.  
  • Allow peaches to sit for 15-20 minutes or until juices develop.

To Assemble Shortcakes

  • Cut completely cooled biscuits in half horizontally. Add peaches to bottoms of each biscuit and top with whipped cream. Add biscuit tops then add a few berries and whipped cream to top of biscuit and serve.



Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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  1. Wow! These are amazing! My dough was a little dry so I added some a little milk and they turned out perfect! Delicious with the peaches and whipped cream – yum yum! I’m saving this recipe and sharing it with everyone I know!

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