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Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cookies

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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83 Responses to “Recipe for Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Cookies”

  1. kat — June 30, 2009 @ 5:49 am

    Almost like little lemon blueberry muffins, yummy

  2. Erica — June 30, 2009 @ 5:59 am

    Fabulous summer cookie. I want one :)

  3. Allie — June 30, 2009 @ 6:02 am

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

  4. The Short (dis)Order Cook — June 30, 2009 @ 6:17 am

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

  5. Jamie — June 30, 2009 @ 6:28 am

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

  6. Valerina — June 30, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    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. :)

  7. Barbara Bakes — June 30, 2009 @ 6:31 am

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

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 30, 2009 @ 6:33 am

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

  9. Sophie — June 30, 2009 @ 6:50 am

    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 :)!

  10. VeggieGirl — June 30, 2009 @ 6:53 am

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

  11. Pearl — June 30, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    looks like a delicious cookie!

  12. pinkstripes — June 30, 2009 @ 7:01 am

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

  13. Sara — June 30, 2009 @ 7:12 am

    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!!

  14. Aimée — June 30, 2009 @ 7:15 am

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

  15. stephchows — June 30, 2009 @ 7:25 am

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

  16. Kelly — June 30, 2009 @ 7:34 am

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

  17. Sara — June 30, 2009 @ 7:40 am

    Mmmm, these sound great. I love lemon cookies.

  18. Manggy — June 30, 2009 @ 7:42 am

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

  19. finsmom — June 30, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    What a creative and yummy sounding cookie!

  20. Lori — June 30, 2009 @ 7:49 am

    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!

  21. Tracey — June 30, 2009 @ 8:51 am

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

  22. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — June 30, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    Delicious! I love that flavor combo!

  23. the ungourmet — June 30, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    These are so pretty!

  24. Grace — June 30, 2009 @ 9:33 am

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

  25. Danielle — June 30, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    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.

  26. ♥Rosie♥ — June 30, 2009 @ 10:22 am

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

  27. Natashya — June 30, 2009 @ 10:51 am

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

  28. Rosa's Yummy Yums — June 30, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    What great cookies! That combo is wonderful!



  29. Deborah — June 30, 2009 @ 11:55 am

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

  30. Jennifer — June 30, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

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

  31. Jen L. — June 30, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

    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!)

  32. Amanda — June 30, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    They are beautiful! What a perfect combination :)

  33. oneordinaryday — June 30, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

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

  34. RecipeGirl — June 30, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

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

  35. Mary — June 30, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

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

  36. Julie — June 30, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

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

  37. Joyce — June 30, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

    These look amazing.

  38. Leslie — June 30, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

    yummy fresh and summer-y

  39. Flourchild — June 30, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

    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!

  40. Ingrid — June 30, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

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

    Great idea adding the berries just before baking.

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