How to Make Peach-Shaped Cookies Filled with Lemon Custard and Soaked in Alchermes Liqueur

Transport yourself to the charming streets of Tuscany, or Abruzzo, where these irresistible peach-shaped cookies are originally from. With a delicate and buttery texture, each bite is filled with a luscious custard and infused with the exotic flavors of Alchermes liqueur. These delicious treats are not only a feast for the taste buds but also a work of art, perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any occasion.


Peach-Shaped Cookies

SERVINGS: 15-20 peaches
Preparation time: 40 minCooking time: 1 h
Resting time: 2 hTotal time: 3h 40 min
How to Make Peach-Shaped Cookies Filled with Creamy Lemon Custard and Soaked in Alchermes Liqueur

INGREDIENTS for 15-20 peaches

  • 500 gr all-purpose flour
  • 170 gr sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 gr butter at room temperature
  • 16 gr baking powder
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Custard for the filling:

  • 250 ml milk
  • 60 gr sugar
  • 30 gr flour
  • 2 yolks
  • 1 pinch salt
  • zest of half a lemon

For assembling peaches:

  • 1 cup Alchermes liqueur (if you don’t find this liqueur you can use strawberry juice)
  • 1 cup caster sugar


Prepare the custard:

  • Place the milk and lemon zest over medium heat. Cook until hot (do not allow to boil). Remove saucepan from heat.
  • Whisk egg yolks, sugar and flour in a bowl until well combined. Pour hot milk mixture over egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Return mixture to saucepan over low heat. Cook, while stirring steadily in the same direction until the custard thickens and coats the back of a metal spoon (do not allow custard to boil, as it might curdle).
  • Pour the custard into a jug or bowl, cover the surface with cling film and leave to cool.

Make the dough for the biscuits:

  • Whisk the butter with sugar until soft, add the eggs one at a time. Then add the flour mixed with baking powder and lemon zest and mix very well. Add the milk and combine all of them.
  • Make a soft dough and with your palms roll a piece of dough to make a round ball (the size like a walnut). Place balls on a baking sheet.
  • Preheat the oven at 180°C. Bake the cookies for 15 min or until the cookies are lightly browned.  While the cookies are still warm cut a circle on the bottom of every cookie to fill with lemon custard (see the pictures below).

Assemble peaches

  • Place the Alchermes liqueur in a bowl and fill another bowl with sugar.
  • Dip the cookies into the liqueur, then roll them in the sugar.
  • Fill each cookie with 1 teaspoon lemon custard filling. Sandwich two cookies together so that the filling comes just to the edge, taking care not to crack them.

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