Scrumptious Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe – Perfect Dessert!

Attention all peach lovers and dessert enthusiasts! Have your taste buds been missing a little southern charm? Then look no further, because I have the perfect recipe that is sure to take you on a journey to the heart of the south. Introducing my Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe. Here in the south, we take our desserts seriously, and this cobbler is no exception. It’s the perfect combination of fresh peaches, warm spices, and a touch of bourbon that will leave you wanting more.

Picture a cast-iron skillet filled with juicy sliced peaches tossed in cinnamon and nutmeg with a splash of lemon juice and zest. The aroma alone will awaken your senses and have your mouth watering. But this recipe has an extra kick – the addition of Bourbon – which adds depth and flavor to the cobbler that takes it up a notch. If you’re not familiar with Bourbon, it’s true southern whiskey made primarily in Kentucky from fermented mash consisting of at least 51% corn – adding it to this classic dessert adds a bold twist that’s sure to WOW even the most experienced foodies.

One thing I love about making cobbler is that it’s incredibly easy to throw together with just a few simple ingredients. This recipe can also be adjusted depending on whether you have fresh or canned peaches on hand – so don’t worry if peach season has passed yet.

This Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether that’s treating yourself and close family members after dinner, delighting guests for a special occasion celebration or bringing as an offering to potluck feast – it’s always going to be satisfying, comforting, energizing, magical, sweet as well as savory.

So let’s get your oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and make some magic happen in your kitchen!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler
Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler

As a chef specializing in Southern-style cuisine, I am proud to introduce my Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler recipe. This recipe has been passed down for generations and perfected over time, resulting in the ultimate dessert that will leave you coming back for seconds, or maybe even thirds!

What makes this recipe so special is the combination of fresh peaches, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a generous splash of Bourbon. The flavors come together perfectly to create a sweet and warming taste that is sure to satisfy your soul.

What’s more, this dessert can be enjoyed all year round. You can use fresh peaches during peak season and canned peaches when they are not in season. Either way, the result will be equally delicious.

This recipe not only celebrates Southern cuisine but also showcases the versatility of Bourbon. The smoky notes of the Bourbon cut through the sweetness of the peaches and adds an extra layer of complexity to the dish.

Whether it’s for a family gathering or an intimate dinner party with friends, this Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler is bound to impress. So why settle for a regular fruit cobbler or plain old peach pie when you can have the best peach cobbler with a kick of Bourbon?

Ingredient List

 Freshly-picked peaches make all the difference in this cobbler
Freshly-picked peaches make all the difference in this cobbler

Get ready for our Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe with the following ingredients:

Fruit Filling

  • 8 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (6-8 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus a sprinkling for the topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Cobbler Topping

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar plus a sprinkling for the topping
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: For best results, use fresh peaches. However, if fresh peaches are not in season or available, you can substitute with canned peaches.

The Recipe How-To

 Nothing beats a warm slice of peach cobbler on a summer evening
Nothing beats a warm slice of peach cobbler on a summer evening

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients needed, it is time to create this Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler from scratch. Don’t worry, this will be an easy-peasy process with just a few basic steps to follow.

Prepping the Peaches

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Clean and slice 8 cups of fresh peaches, about 6 – 8 sliced peaches, then place them in a cast iron skillet.

Add the Flavoring

Next, it’s time to add some zest into the recipe. In the same skillet, combine 1 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup Brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, a cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 tablespoons Bourbon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.Mix all your ingredients together until your mixture looks consistent.

Making the Cobbler Mix

Now it’s time for you to create your cobbler mixture.Mix together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly before adding in another big pinch of salt and another dash of cinnamon

Combine the Peaches and Mixtures

Finally, it’s time for you to put everything together! Add the prepared peach mixture on top of the cobbler mix then sprinkle generously with additional sugar.You can also consider adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as toppings. Pop your skillet in your already preheated oven and bake for at least than 30 minutes or so or until golden brown.

Once finished,let it cool down serve and enjoy with an optional smooth glass of smoked bourbon! How delightful!

Substitutions and Variations

 A drizzle of bourbon enhances the natural sweetness of the peaches
A drizzle of bourbon enhances the natural sweetness of the peaches

If you find yourself without fresh peaches, don’t fret! Canned peaches will work just fine in a pinch. Just make sure to drain them well before using them in the recipe to avoid any excess juice.

For a fun twist on this classic cobbler, try adding a splash of smoked bourbon to the filling. This will add a unique smoky flavor that complements the sweetness of the peaches perfectly.

If you’re looking for a lighter version of this Southern dessert, try substituting some of the butter with coconut oil or vegetable oil. Additionally, you can use almond milk or soy milk instead of buttermilk.

For those who prefer a gluten-free option, swap out the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. You can also experiment with different types of flour such as almond flour or coconut flour.

To make it extra special, try making an accompanying liquor recipe such as bourbon cream, peach cobbler liquor, or any other creative beverage that you’d like to try.

Overall, feel free to experiment and get creative with your cobbler variations. With so many amazing ingredient options, there are endless possibilities when it comes to making the best peach cobbler recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect blend of cinnamon and nutmeg adds a touch of spice
The perfect blend of cinnamon and nutmeg adds a touch of spice

After you make this delectable southern bourbon fresh peach cobbler, be sure to let it cool for a bit before serving. Once it’s cooled, the Southern Bourbon Peach Cobbler can be served with a wide range of delicious pairings that will leave everyone asking for seconds.

To add an extra sweet touch to this already sweet and savory dessert, you could serve your cobbler with a dollop of whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream. The melted ice cream blends in perfectly with the warm cobbler, creating a flavorful experience that’s hard to beat.

For a bolder pairing, consider complementing your southern bourbon peach cobbler with a smoked bourbon drink. The flavors blend exquisitely together and create a unique balance between the sweetness of the cobbler and the smokiness of the drink. The combination of these two unique components is sure to satisfy any craving for something warm and fulfilling.

Another option would be serving cobbler alongside a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. A fruity tea complements the tartness from the lemon juice and peaches in the cobbler while not overpowering it. You can also try to opt for different teas such as spicy cinnamon or nutmeg tea to enhance the warm spices in the dessert.

Whether you prefer cold, hot, or boozy drinks, Southern Bourbon Peach Cobbler is versatile enough to pair with them all. Plus, this cobbler is best enjoyed in a cozy environment surrounded by friends and family after a long day. It’s easy to whip up this dessert recipe in no time – so grab a bowl and dig in!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The flaky, buttery crust is the real star of the show
The flaky, buttery crust is the real star of the show

It’s always great to have a dessert recipe that can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Luckily, this Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler is perfect for that! You can make this cobbler up to one day in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Just pop it into the oven for a quick reheat before serving.

To reheat the cobbler, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the cobbler out of the fridge and remove any plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place the cobbler in the oven and heat for 10-15 minutes, or until it’s heated through. You can also heat individual servings in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

If you have leftovers after making this delicious dessert, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. When reheating, follow the same instructions as above.

For longer storage, you can freeze this cobbler for up to three months. Simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container before freezing. When ready to serve, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat as instructed above.

This Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler tastes just as good reheated as it does fresh out of the oven, making it a perfect dessert option for busy weeknights or when entertaining guests.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The aroma of baking cobbler filling your kitchen is pure magic
The aroma of baking cobbler filling your kitchen is pure magic

Making a perfect Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler is not an easy task, but with a few tips and tricks, you can make a delicious cobbler every time. Here are some tips that I have learned from years of experience:

1. Choose the best peaches: The base of a great peach cobbler is fresh, juicy and sweet peaches. Make sure you use fresh, ripe peaches rather than canned peaches to get the best flavor, texture and aroma.

2. Peel and slice the peaches thinly: Before adding the peaches to the mixture, peel and slice them into thin slices. This will help to create layers of flavor and ensure even baking.

3. Use cast iron skillet: For an authentic and old-fashioned southern style cobbler, use a cast-iron skillet. Cast iron skillets are perfect for even heat distribution and can be used in the oven or on the stovetop.

4. Combine dry ingredients properly: Always sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt together to avoid lumps in your cobbler batter.

5. Mix buttermilk with melted butter: Melt 1 stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it starts to foam then add 1 cup of buttermilk. Stir well to combine the two ingredients before adding them to the dry mixture.

6. Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing can cause your cobbler to be tough and dry instead of light and fluffy. Mix just until all ingredients are combined.

7. Use brown sugar: Brown sugar gives the cobbler a deeper flavor than white sugar alone as it contains molasses which adds another layer of richness to your cobbler.

8. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top: Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of your cobbler before baking for added flavor and texture.

By using these tips, you’ll create a perfect Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler that is sure to impress your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this classic dessert recipe to make it your own!


Now, let’s answer some of the most common questions about this Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe. Whether you are a beginner cook or a professional chef, you may find some helpful tips and clarifications in this FAQ section. So, before you start baking, take a moment to read through these FAQs and make sure all your doubts are cleared up.

Is it better to use fresh or canned peaches for cobbler?

Whether you opt for fresh, frozen or canned peaches, you can still achieve a delightful outcome with this recipe. During the warmer months, I suggest using high-quality, fresh peaches for optimal flavor. However, you can always adjust and experiment with other peach varieties to your liking.

How do you make Patti Labelle’s peach cobbler?

This recipe calls for a stick of unsalted butter, two pre-made pie crusts, a cup of all-purpose flour (as well as some extra for dusting), three tablespoons of agave syrup, one and a quarter teaspoons of cinnamon (plus additional for garnish), three quarters of a teaspoon of nutmeg, four 29-ounce cans of drained sliced peaches, and kosher salt.

Do fresh peaches need to be peeled for cobbler?

When preparing a southern-style peach cobbler, it is recommended to leave the peaches unpeeled. The skins of the peaches provide a rich, deep color to the finished product and contribute to the overall flavor. Additionally, unlike other fruits with tougher skins, peach skins dissolve easily into the cobbler filling.

How do you keep peach cobbler from getting soggy?

To ensure a perfect peach cobbler, it’s important to coat the peaches generously with cornstarch before popping them into the oven. This powdery substance will help to thicken the juices as they cook, ultimately preventing your cobbler from turning out too watery. For optimal results, keep an eye on the filling as it bakes – you’ll want to wait until it’s bubbling fiercely before removing it from the oven.

Bottom Line

: Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe

In the end, nothing beats a delicious and easy-to-make Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler. With fresh and juicy peaches, warm spices, and a touch of Bourbon, this dessert dish is an all-around winner for any occasion.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just getting started in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and impress your guests. Don’t be shy about experimenting with different substitutions and variations to make it your own.

Just remember, the key to the perfect cobbler lies in using fresh ingredients, taking your time, and not overcomplicating the process. Follow the steps outlined above and you’ll have a dessert that will leave everyone asking for more.

So why wait? Gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to experience one of the best peach cobblers out there. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed!

Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler

Southern Bourbon Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe

I've pieced it together from a few recipes to get the balance I like between fruit and topping. It's great for serving to guests and definitely best with some ice cream. This is also great vegan with water or apple juice replacing the buttermilk, and margarine instead of butter. You could even serve it with tofrutti ice cream.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern American
Calories 446.9 kcal


  • 4 cups yellow peaches, sliced and pealed (blanch in boiling water for about 30s depending on ripeness and skins should slip off)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 fluid ounce Bourbon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fruit jam, blueberry and blackberry are very nice
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Reserve peals and pits from peaches.
  • Mix sliced peaches, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon powder in a bowl and reserve.
  • Combine bourbon (Maker's Mark is really good in this), orange juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, fruit jam, cinnamon stick, and peach scraps in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and reduce mixture for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Mix flour, buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside or in refrigerator for a few minutes. I have also used Dry Buttermilk Pancake Mix and 1/2 cup milk in place of the flour, buttermilk, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Strain reduced orange juice mixture and mix with peaches.
  • Pour melted butter into an 8x11" baking pan.
  • Spoon dough mixture over butter evenly, but leaving some gaps (this helps the dough rise over the peaches later.
  • Pour peaches over dough.
  • Bake for about 1 hour at 350F, or until the crust has risen to top of cobbler and crisped slightly. Can add a bit of sugar to top of cobbler just before finished and place in broiler to get a crisper caramelized topping, but beware this can be tricky.

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Serving: 159gCalories: 446.9kcalCarbohydrates: 70.4gProtein: 4gFat: 17.9gSaturated Fat: 11.1gCholesterol: 46.4mgSodium: 509.5mgFiber: 2gSugar: 49.6g
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