Peach Cookies

Peach Cookies or Pesche Dolci how they are called in Italy, are an impressive dessert perfect for summer days, that look and taste like peaches. These cookies are known worldwide and are usually made during the holiday season reminding to many of us of the beautiful childhood days.

I personally think these cookies are great for peach season. I’ve tried to keep the recipe as easy to prepare as possible. I’ve simply made some buttery cookies that are filled with a peach flavored filling, matched together and dipped into colored liqueur and coated with sugar for an amazing look and taste. Hope you will try it out and enjoy!

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Peach Cookies

4 from 10 votes
Peach Cookies are an impressive dessert perfect for summer days, that looks and taste like peaches. These cookies are known worldwide and usually are made during the holiday season reminding to many of us of the beautiful days of childhood.
Servings 15 servings
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Cookie Dough

  • 1 ⅔ cup (210g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp (6g) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (110g) butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp (45g) sour cream
  • Lemon zest from 1 lemon


  • 1/4 cup (30g) ground pecans or walnuts or almonds
  • 1/4 cup (80g) peach jam
  • reserved cookie crumbs

For decoration

  • 2/3 cup (160ml) Peach liqueur , divided
  • red food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • fine sugar
  • green leaves


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Prepare cookie dough. In a large bowl mix butter with sugar and lemon zest until creamy. Add egg and mix until well combined. Mix  in vanilla extract and sour cream.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • With mixer on low incorporate flour mixture to butter mixture.
  • Grease your hands with softened butter or oil. Scoop about 1 tbsp (15g) of dough and shape into balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Flatten the balls slightly .
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes until bottoms are lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • When cookies are cooled use a small sharp knife to remove the cookie center crumb and place it in a bowl as it will be used for the filling.
  • Prepare the filling. Break the reserved cookie centers into crumbs.  Add peach jam and ground pecans or walnuts over the reserved cookie crumbs and stir to combine.
  • Place the filling into a piping bag fitted with a plain tip (I’ve used a 9 mm tip).
  • Fill the cookies and match two cookies together.
  • Decorate cookies. Add about 1/3 cup (80ml)  peach liqueur into a small bowl. Add yellow food coloring. Add another 1/3 cup (80ml) peach liqueur into another bowl and add red food coloring. In another bowl add a bit of fine sugar.
  • Dip about a half of each sandwiched cookie into the yellow liqueur and then into the red one. Let it drain a bit and then roll into sugar to coat evenly.
  • Place the peach cookies onto a serving platter and decorate with green leaves if desired. Enjoy!



Serving: 1gCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2.2gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 4.4gCholesterol: 28mgSugar: 8.7g
Calories: 179kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. mike eastman Author says:

    Hi , I pinned it for later, but is there a substitute for the liquor ? thnx Mike

  2. bloxorz Author says:

    They look lovely and sweet. I’m going to try it, but I’m pretty clumsy not know can color as beautiful as you or not?

  3. Wajiha Author says:

    Hi. What can be used instead of liquor?

  4. Heba Author says:

    Hi Ella

    I love peaches so much pls. Advise what is the replacement of peach liqueurs
    As I want try this in during feast holiday

    Thanks in advance

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Heba.

      You can use  milk or sugar syrup.

  5. Parvaneh Author says:

    Hi dear ella
    I wanna know what we can use instead of sourcecream?because there´s not sourcecream in iran

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Parvaneh.

      You can use greek yogurt.

  6. sonal Author says:

    hi thank you for the wonderful recipe can we store these cookies?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Sonal.

      You can store them for 2 -3 days.

  7. temple run 3 Author says:

    The peaches look delicious and wonderful, thank you for sharing.

  8. Steve Author says:


    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      🙂 you can use whateever leaves you have around.. I've used some raspberry leaves I had in my garden

  9. Victoria Author says:

    Hi, is there something else I can use instead of the almonds/pecans because my friend is allergic to these, Thanks!

  10. Lily Author says:

    Hello, does this use unsalted butter?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Lily.

      Yes, i use unsalted butter.

  11. Javeria Author says:

    These look amazing! Can peach pie filling be substituted for peach jam?

  12. Vicki Author says:

    Can you freeze these peach cookies?

  13. Nina Author says:

    Hi, dear! Just found this recipe, will try it today. In my home country, Croatia, we bake these cookies and fill them with mixture of ground walnuts, chocolate and cookie crumbs. They are delicious, seriously delicious. But can’t wait to try your recipes.
    Btw, i’m your huge fan! Thanks for all your recipes.

  14. Carmen Author says:

    The cookies where a bit gooey I put oil on my hand and I couldn’t roll into balls, as it was my first time making them, thought once they cook it would firm up.After I put custard instead of your filling I dipped them in peach liquer and they broke as I dipped them. Very disappointed as I wasted the custard and liquor

    1. If they were gooey they weren’t properly baked. That would be why they broke when dipped.

  15. Caroline Author says:

    Can I use different type of jam in this cookie? Also is it possible to freeze them?

  16. Cristina Author says:

    Hi,I was worried about crucking,my peaches comes cruck from oven

  17. ParoGirl Author says:

    I made these today following the recipe and they turned out SO beautiful! My only effort next time I make them will be to find a way to further enhance the peach flavor!

  18. Yanna Author says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! What type of peach liquor did you use and where did you get it?

  19. best online travel agency Author says:

    Hello, sweetheart! I just discovered this recipe and want to try it out today. These cookies are baked in my native country of Croatia and filled with a blend of crushed walnuts, chocolate, and cookie crumbs. They’re delectable, to say the least. But I’m looking forward to trying out your recipes. By the way, I’m a major admirer of yours! Thank you so much for all of your recipes.

  20. 3 stars
    Tasted great but looked nothing like the picture.

    1. I made them so many times and always came out good. Just follow the recipe, be patient and don’t rush ! Ella’s version is sophisticated in comparison with original. Ella thanks for great recipe . Your recipe deserves 5 stars.

  21. 5 stars
    Ella thanks for your sophisticated version of peaches. Made them many, many times. They always came out perfect and thay are favorite of my son.

    1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So happy to hear that Olga:) when you have the chance, tag me on Istagram, would love to see the photos.

  22. M.Faukovic says:

    Don’t have rasberry or strawberry leaves in winter. What can you suggest for the leaves please?

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Fresh mint leaves would look nice too.

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