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

Glaze:
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.


Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. That is a great idea for a cookie. Blueberries are not a very common cookie ingredient. Bravo for the ingenuity!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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 :)!

  4. 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!!

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!)

  10. 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!

  11. 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.
    ~ingrid

  12. These look like blueberry lemon scones.

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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 🙂

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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!

    NAOmni

  23. 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!

  24. i made these cookies for my friends and they were fantastic! i didn’t glaze them bc i thought they were perfect as is. it was a bit of a chore to individually insert the berries but they looked and tasted soooooo yummy.

  25. I made these for a graduation party and they were a HUGE hit!!! Every one is asking for more!!! Thank you for this amazing recipe it is a keeper!!!

  26. I used your recipe and adapted it to make bars–added a lemon cookie crust. My friends LOVED them. Thank you!

  27. Thanks, TP! I also put coconut on top and added some buttermilk to the glaze. They’re in the oven again right now! I’m taking them to work tomorrow. Nice blog!

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