A super last minute dinner was planned and as usual, I was in charge of dessert. I started to panic a little because all I could think about were desserts that took two hours to make and I refused to pick up a premade cake from the grocery store. I went to the grocery store anyway and nervously paced up and down the aisles desperately trying to come up with a quick idea. As I stood in the middle of the produce section, my eyes landed on a mountain of beautiful peaches. The hamster in my head started running on its wheel and the ideas started rolling in.
Peaches. Brown sugar. Cinnamon. Butter. ICE CREAM.
I know summer is officially over, but this needed to be posted before peaches fell off of the face of the planet and don’t appear again until next year. Baked peaches and ice cream are the easiest, but tastiest dessert or snack you can prepare. As the peaches bake, the brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and juice of the peach combine together and when you drop that scoop of cold ice cream onto the warm peach, something magical happens. Small bits of crunchy thin cookies add a wonderful texture and is the perfect cherry on top.
The best thing about this recipe is that there’s no measuring involved!
Baked Peaches & Ice Cream
4 large firm but ripe peaches, halved with pit removed
Your favorite vanilla ice cream
Your favorite butter shortbread cookies
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Wash peaches, cut them in half and remove the pit. Using a spoon, remove the bitter red parts that hold the pit. Place flesh side up in a pan.
Place small dabs of butter onto the peaches and press a light amount of brown sugar onto the surface of the flesh of the peaches. You don’t need much sugar as the sugar from the peach is already sweet. Lightly sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until peaches become soft.
Top with your favorite vanilla ice cream. (I used cookie butter ice cream from Trader Joes and it was DELICIOUS).
Take a few of your favorite shortbread cookies ad crush them into small pieces. Sprinkle on top of the ice cream.
Oh yeahhhhhh, look at that deliciousess. Now it’s time to dig in!