Slideshow: 12 Sweet Peach and Nectarine Desserts for Summer

Easy Peach Sorbet
Easy Peach Sorbet
Awesome peach sorbet with almost no work—you won't even need to peel the fruit. Get the recipe »
Bourbon-Roasted Peach Cheesecake
Bourbon-Roasted Peach Cheesecake

Ripe peaches quick-roasted in a Bourbon bath turn heady and fragrant, perfect for spooning over a tangy, vanilla-bean-flecked cheesecake (and folding into the batter for good measure!). This is a dinner party showstopper that's worth spending a day in the kitchen for.

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Bourbon-Roasted Peach Cheesecake [Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Chocolate Ginger Peach Icebox Cake
Chocolate Ginger Peach Icebox Cake

This is effectively a giant ice cream sandwich, if you swapped the cardboard "chocolate" cookie for fluffy chocolate cake and the airy "vanilla" soft serve for dense, creamy, ginger-spiked peach semifreddo. I know which version I'd pick.

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Chocolate Ginger Peach Icebox Cake [Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Peach Walnut Strudel
Peach Walnut Strudel

Store-bought frozen puff pastry (here's our take on what's available at your local grocery store) turns this into a shortcut strudel that tastes like nothing of the sort thanks to meaty toasted walnuts and lightly-spiced peach filling.

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Peach Walnut Strudel [Photograph: Carrie Vasios-Mullins]

Easy Peach Turnovers
Easy Peach Turnovers

Pie, with its sticky juices and fork-requiring tendencies, is tough to pull off at a picnic. Turnovers are not. A dash of instant tapioca makes our version especially picnic-friendly, turning a drippy peach filling jamlike.

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Easy Peach Turnovers [Photograph: Carrie Vasios-Mullins]

Nectarine Hand Pies
Nectarine Hand Pies

Hand pies are the best tool in your arsenal when it’s summer and you need to have desserts wherever you are—make a big batch of these and bring them to the beach, picnics, pickup sports games and everywhere else.

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Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal

Bourbon Peach Brown Sugar Ice Cream
Bourbon Peach Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Imagine the perfect bite of peach pie: warm from the oven, crust flaking with butter, sticky-sweet peach filling with the tiniest head-clearing jolt of bourbon, topped with cream-rich vanilla ice cream that melts and mingles with the pie juices. This is that, in pure ice cream form.

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Bourbon Peach Brown Sugar Ice Cream [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Rustic Apricot-Peach Crostata
Rustic Apricot-Peach Crostata

'Rustic' is my favorite dough-related word, because it means that my pastry can look less-than-perfect and still be acceptable at a dinner party. No worries about this one tasting less-than-perfect, though, thanks to tender, lemon zest-flecked pasta frolla topped with a thin layer of apricot jam and as many ripe peach slices as will fit.

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Rustic Apricot-Peach Crostata [Photograph: Carrie Vasios-Mullins]

Peach and Ginger Crisp Pie
Peach and Ginger Crisp Pie

Ginger and peach make the perfect sweet-spicy combo; here, a simple brown sugar-butter crumb topping is studded with chewy crystallized ginger to cut the sweetness of the peach filling.

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Peach and Ginger Crisp Pie [Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Classic Peach Pie
Classic Peach Pie

There's a time and a place for -spiked this and orange blossom-sesame-bourbon that; sometimes all you need to complete your high-summer barbecue is full-blast Americana, and this flaky all-butter double crust piled high with ripe peaches does the trick.

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Classic Peach Pie [Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]