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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cookies

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cookies

Our summer has been really busy and I haven't had much time to bake, but last week I made time to create a special birthday treat for a friend. I was in a summery mood, so I decided to go with a lemon blueberry cookie.

I love lemon so I made sure there was plenty of zest involved. I didn't want the cookies to turn blue, so I waited to add the blueberries. I scooped the dough onto the cookie sheets and then tucked 4 to 5 berries into each cookie. After the cookies cooled, I added a lemon glaze. These cookies are light, fluffy, and lemony. The blueberries are the hidden gems in these cookies. They add a nice burst of summer.

When I made these cookies last week I posted a photo on Twitter. I had several requests for the recipe, so here you go! Your wishes are finally granted.

Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cookies

(Printable Recipe)

1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Zest of two large lemons
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. (3 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup buttermilk

Fresh blueberries

Confectioners sugar

Fresh lemon juice

Lemon zest

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. I used my Silpats. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, add the sugar and lemon zest. Rub them together with your fingers until well mixed. This brings out the lemon flavor.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar/lemon mixture and beat until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, and beat well to mix. Add the vanilla, and beat on low. Mix in the flour mixture and the buttermilk in batches at low speed, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

Drop the dough by level tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, leave about 1 ½ inches between each cookie. Tuck 4-5 blueberries into each cookie. Try to make sure they are hidden. Bake one sheet at a time for about 11 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes; then transfer them to a wire rack.

For the glaze, whisk together the sifted confectioners sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. I never measure, just guess until you get the right consistency and flavor. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies.

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Blogger kat said...

Almost like little lemon blueberry muffins, yummy

5:49 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Fabulous summer cookie. I want one :)

5:59 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Oh wow these look fantastic! I can see why they are in high demand.

6:02 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

That is a great idea for a cookie. Blueberries are not a very common cookie ingredient. Bravo for the ingenuity!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I have been waiting for this recipe since you tweeted about it! They look fabulous!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Valerie Gamine said...

Wonderful! A new way to combine lemons and blueberries. I can almost feel one melting in my mouth as I write. Thanks for the recipe. :)

6:29 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I've never had a cookie with fresh fruit in it. Sounds delicious!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These sound delicious. Lemon and blueberry is such a tasty combination!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

How fresh and summery, I'm curious to see how blueberries taste in a cookie. They are always awesome in baked goods. Hope you're having a great summer so far and feeling better :)!

6:50 AM  
Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Blueberries are FINALLY in season here, so I'm all over that refreshing cookie variety :-)

6:53 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

looks like a delicious cookie!

7:00 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

I love them! They seem like a perfect summer cookie.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Oooh! Yum! I'm definitely making these! I've been trying to think of ways to use some of the blueberries I'd frozen last summer since I still have a few bags left. These will be perfect! Thanks!!

7:12 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

I can't resist a glazed cookie. These are so original!

7:15 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

THe icing puts it over the top delicious for sure :) It's amazing what a little bit of lemon can add to something!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Those cookies looks so refreshing, and delightfully seasonal! I love them!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Mmmm, these sound great. I love lemon cookies.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Can you believe these are the first fresh blueberry cookies I've seen? Yes! And they look loooovely :)

7:42 AM  
Blogger Creative Classroom Core said...

What a creative and yummy sounding cookie!

7:42 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Thanks so much for posting. What a great idea to tuck the blueberries in instead of mixing. Mine would have turned blue and then I would have thought of that. Ha!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yum! They look great! Lemon and blueberry are one of my favorite combinations.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Delicious! I love that flavor combo!

8:58 AM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

These are so pretty!

9:14 AM  
Blogger grace said...

you don't find blueberries in cookies very often, and that's a shame. these look great--you are the queen of glazes. :)

9:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

mmm...lemon and blueberry! Those look so tasty. I think I just might have to "star" this recipe so I can make it in the near future.

10:00 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Those lemon & blueberry cookies certainly have that WOW factor!!! They are just so fabulous!

10:22 AM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love that you put blueberries in a cookie! They look great, perfect with tea.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What great cookies! That combo is wonderful!



11:03 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

these do look very summer-y. I could go for one right now!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Maria those are beautiful cookies! I love that you put blueberry in a cookie!! :)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Jen L. said...

How wonderful! Thanks for posting this! I've been looking for a treat to bake for my mom when she has hip replacement surgery next week and this will do perfectly! (Last time I made carrot cake cookies, which were also a hit, but blueberries are her favorite!)

1:20 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

They are beautiful! What a perfect combination :)

1:22 PM  
Blogger oneordinaryday said...

I've been looking for something interesting to do with my blueberries. Thanks for a good idea.

1:48 PM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

MMMM! I've done a cakey sort of blueberry cookie before but didn't put a glaze on it. Perfect!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

These look wonderful, Maria. Thanks for posting the recipe.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

hey, these look like muffin tops! Top o' the muffin to you!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

These look amazing.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

yummy fresh and summer-y

4:20 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

Oh man do these cookies look moist and tasty ! I love lemon and the added addition of blueberries would knock my socks off! Thanks for the recipe...I have to share this one!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

Just wanted to let you know that MY birthday is coming up case you were wondering. :)

Great idea adding the berries just before baking.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the recipe! These sound just amazing.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Lemons and blueberries are perfect for the summer!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

pretty and refreshing little cookies! what a special birthday treat!

10:35 PM  
Blogger Maris said...

These look like blueberry lemon scones.

Call them cookies, call them whatever you want but I would call these breakfast :)

10:59 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Ohhh yes. I remember a certain Facebook status mentioning these. These cookies look incredible! I love that lemon-blueberry combo.

1:37 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

You can't go wrong with lemon and blueberry! Looks fantastic!

2:02 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Yum Yum~~~ these look soooo good! :)

2:06 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

Looks like a perfect summer cookie. I've never thought to put fresh blueberries in a cookie. Great idea!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

these are to die for... they are kinda like a Blueberry Scone with Lemon glaze... delicious!

8:12 AM  
Blogger foodcreate said...

Bluberry Yummy! This Cookies are amazing looking and Tasty!

Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

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8:30 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

Lemon and blueberry are two loves that always deserve to be together! Those cookies look fabulous!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Becky @ Project Domestication said...

the look delicious and beautiful. i love a nice light cookie with fruit.

okay, i'm so happy you are doing the Penny Pinching Pantry Raid. I'm so excited.

I'm also happy for selfish reasons. Since you don't really eat meat I can't wait to snag some vegetarian recipes from you. I've got tons of beans and lentils in my pantry that I plan to use. I mean I have a few go-to recipes but I want to mix things up.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

They look delicious. I love the icing.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

These look incredibly, amazingly delicious! I absolutely adored the lemon buttermilk cookies that you posted a while back, and the addition of blueberries to these cookies really make them ideal for summer. I can't wait to try these! Just bought some blueberries at the farmer's market this morning, so maybe tonight!

10:15 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Looks tasty and perfect for these hot days!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

fantastic! love that flavor combo :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Ooo they look soft and yummy!

p.s. I picked you for the Kreativ Blogger award on my blog.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Xander said...

Strangely, I cannot copy and paste this recipe, nor print the page. Is it a protective script?

3:53 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Totally love the lemon! Lotta lemon, and I think it's perfect with the blueberries. I think it's great with an afternoon tea or coffee :)

6:28 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Yum! Lemon and blueberry. One of the perfect summer combination's. Wonderful, Maria!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Alex-thanks for letting me know. I don't know why it won't let you print or copy it. I will look into it.

Thanks everyone! I really love these cookies, so great for summer time!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

What delicious sounding cookies, you never fail, thanks!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

What perfect summer cookies, I love lemon and blueberry together!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Melanie Anne said...

These look so good! What a fun cookie!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Dewi said...

Delicious cookies! I love that combination of lemon and blueberry.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

Lemon and blueberries are a great combo. Love the way you use them in cookies.

12:39 AM  
Blogger PheMom said...

Those do look really good! I would want to eat them for breakfast.

7:20 AM  
Blogger holly may said...

om nom nommers...made these today and they are almost all gone...but next time i make them (probably tomorrow) i will follow my intuition and just fold the berries into the batter, then spoon them out

1:09 AM  
Blogger Not Another Omnivore said...

I really think Lemon is underrated, but making a name for itself. I mean the Lemon Luna bar is the best etc. These look awesome!


6:26 PM  
Blogger curleegirlee said...

I made these treats last night, substituting 1% milk for the buttermilk and leaving off the glaze. They are still delicious and a big hit at work today! Thanks for sharing!

9:53 AM  

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