Peaches and Cream Pie is a no-bake dessert that is made with a shortbread cookie crust, sweet peach filling, a cream cheese layer, and topped with a homemade whipped topping. If you love peaches, be sure to make my Perfect Peach Pie!

Peaches and Cream Pie

No-bake desserts are perfect for hot summer days. And, with peaches in season all summer, especially in July and August, there is no excuse to not make this dessert. Peaches have always been known to be soft and sweet, and I even sweetened the peaches a bit more for this pie, which is a refreshing and light dessert.

Peaches and Cream Pie in a Blue Pie Dish with Peaches in Back.

Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe

There are four parts to this refreshing dessert–cookie crust, peach filling, cream cheese filling, and homemade whipped topping.

One Piece of Peaches and Cream Pie on White Plate with White Fork

Shortbread Pie Crust

The shortbread cookie crust will need to chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the dessert, so it makes sense to make that first. Melted butter and crushed shortbread cookies are the only two ingredients you need! These tips will help create the perfect crust:

  • Use a good quality shortbread cookie.
  • Make sure every single crumb is coated in the butter as it acts as the glue that holds the crust together.
  • Press evenly in the bottom and up the sides of the pan. An easy way to do this is with the bottom of a kitchen glass.
Spreading Cream Layer on Peaches and Cream Pie

Peeling and Pitting Peaches

Before you can make the peach filling, peel, pit, and slice the peaches. Look for peaches that are not too ripe or show any bruises on them. To peel the peaches, use a paring knife to make a few slits in the peel. Then, the peel usually comes right off.

Another method to peel the peaches is to blanch the peaches. To blanch the peaches, get a pot of water boiling. Put the peaches in the boiling water for 10-20 seconds. Then, use a slotted spoon to immediately place the peaches in ice water to stop the cooking process. The skins should easily come off with a paring knife (or even just peeled off) after they have been put in the ice water.

To pit the peach, cut into it until you reach the pit. Cut around it and pull it out. Then, slice the peaches to be ready to use in this Peaches and Cream Pie.

NEW METHOD FOR PIT REMOVAL!

I saw a video where someone used needle nose pliers to remove the pit. You simply hold the peach with one hand, insert the pliers until you reach the pit with the other hand, firmly grasp the pit, then remove it. It was SO EASY! Just make sure the pliers are clean.

Side View of a Peaches and Cream Pie on White Plate

Can I Use Frozen or Canned Peaches?

Yes, you can substitute frozen (thawed) peaches that have been well-drained or canned peaches, which also need to be well-drained. You can use the same amount as fresh peaches. Generally, one pound of frozen or canned peaches is equivalent to three peaches. 

Piece of Peaches and Cream Pie on White Plate with Bite Missing

How to Store Peaches and Cream Pie

You can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days. However, this pie is best served same day, as the crust can become soggy after a day.

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Peaches and Cream Pie

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chill 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 28 mins
Peaches and Cream Pie is a no-bake dessert that is made with a shortbread cookie crust, sweet peach filling, a cream cheese layer, and topped with a homemade whipped topping.

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 2 cups shortbread cookies, crumbled fine
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

Peach Filling

  • 3 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Whipped Topping

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (31g) confectioners' sugar

Cream Filling

  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup half and half, cold
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

Instructions

Shortbread Crust

  • Mix shortbread crumbs and butter in a medium bowl. After it is well combined, press into the bottom and barely up sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Let it chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

Peach Filling

  • In a medium saucepan, add peaches and sugar and mix together. Let the peaches rest in the sugar for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and lemon juice. Mix well and then pour into the peach mixture. Mix to combine everything and then set over medium-low heat. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until the liquid has thickened slightly. Set Aside while you make the whipped cream and cream filling.

Whipped Topping

  • Add heavy cream to a mixing bowl. Start mixing at the lowest speed, and then gradually increase speed to medium until the cream starts to get thicker. (The gradual progression prevents you from spraying yourself with cream.)
  • When the cream starts to thicken, stop the mixer. Slowly add in the confectioners' sugar and then resume mixing again, starting with low speed and increasing to medium speed and eventually moving to a high speed.
  • The cream will thicken and start to peak. Mix on high until the cream is thick and stiff. This happens quickly, the stage between soft and stiff peaks, so watch it closely.

Cream Cheese Filling

  • In a medium bowl, mix together pudding and half and half. Whisk until well combined and thickened with little to no lumps.
  • Add in room temperature cream cheese and half of the whipped topping and combine well, removing all lumps. Set Aside.

Assembly

  • Spread the peach filling evenly into the prepared crust.
  • Spread the cream cheese filling over the top of the peach filling.
  • Spread the remaining whipped topping over the top of the cream cheese filling.
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve Cold.

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Reader Comments

  1. Some of the pictures show another sauce on top of the whipped cream. Do you have a recipe for that?

    1. Hi, Monica! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We added some peach slices on top of the whipped cream. Have a great day!

    1. Hi, Mary! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you can use well-drained canned peaches. You can use the same amount as fresh peaches. Generally, one pound of frozen or canned peaches is equivalent to three peaches. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  2. Hi, I was wondering about the vanilla pudding mix, is that a no cook mix or the kind of pudding labeled as cook and serve?

    1. Hi, JoAnn! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We used an instant pudding mix for this recipe. Have a great day!

  3. You do not say if the pudding is instant or cook & serve kind. It must make a difference. Pease specify. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Grandma Nan! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. This recipe calls for instant pudding. Have a great day!

  4. I made this pie today but the crust stuck to the plate. I think it’s because I used too much melted butter with the shortbread cookies. Would this cause the crust to stick?

  5. Oh my, this is divine! The only thing I would do is add another cup of peaches if they were small like I used this time or not cut them so very thin. All the flavors were wonderful! Definitely a very special dessert and great when there are fresh peaches and you don’t have to use the oven. Wonderful!!

  6. Just made this yesterday and it was delicious. I used drained canned peaches. I made the crust and the peaches the day before and kept them in the fridge…it was great because they were both ice cold when I made the cream filling and the whipped cream and was ready to assemble. I would do it again that way. It was a big hit…very very good!!

  7. I made this for a Sunday Pie Social. Easy to follow recipe. I used cheesecake pudding in place of the vanilla pudding. And half the sugar. It is scrumptious.

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