Quick Peach-Compote Dessert Cups

quick peach-compote dessert cups topped with crushed cookies
Photo: Linda Xiao
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 to 8 Serves

If your peaches have become a little too soft for eating out of hand, cook them into this quick and easy compote. Then, for a surefire summer hit, layer the sweet and floral elixir with extra-creamy whipped cream and crunchy cookie crumbles.


  • 12 ounces pitted, chopped peaches (3 medium)

  • 1 ¼ cups sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup mascarpone

  • Amaretti or gingersnap cookies, crushed (about 1/2 cup)


  1. Bring peaches, sugar, lemon juice, and salt to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves; mash lightly with a potato masher. Skim foam and continue to cook, stirring, until thickened to the consistency of loose jam, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer to a heat-proof bowl; let cool completely (you should have about 1 1/2 cups).

  3. To serve, whip heavy cream to soft peaks. Mix in mascarpone and beat until smooth and silken. Spoon into bowls and layer with compote and crushed cookies.

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