Lemon Blueberry Cookies

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A recipe for a soft lemon cookie with blueberries.

Source: Hot Polka Dot, although I made one important change.

Yield: nearly 4 dozen cookies

I really try to avoid Costco.  I deliberately did not renew my membership because the stupid place costs me way too much money.  There are only a few things that I really need to get there, and everything else is a better deal somewhere else, so I just don’t go.  Once in a while, I mooch off my mother, or my mother-in-law, and get them to take me there, so I can get the frozen meatballs I love (no, I don’t make them from scratch, sorry to disappoint!) and the giant bag of shredded cheddar cheese, and the mega-pack of toilet paper.  Have you ever noticed that almost everyone at Costco is buying toilet paper?  I have.  These are the kinds of things I think about.  Welcome to my world.

At any rate, my last trip to Costco netted me a huge box of fresh blueberries, among about $200 worth of other things.

I’ve gotten so I really enjoy having fresh berries in the house.  I’ve bought strawberries several times recently, and I am always sad when they are gone.  Blueberries are a little tougher to eat plain, but they are really fun to bake with.  So, you can imagine my disgust when the business of life overwhelmed me, and I realized my blueberries were an entire week old!  Tragedy.  I dubbed Saturday “Blueberry Day” and got down to baking.

First on the agenda, blueberry muffins.  I made a double batch.  Hopefully they will last longer than one day.

Next, Lemon Blueberry cookies.  With a small break for a small nap.  Well, it’s Saturday, after all!

Last, Blueberry syrup for our pancakes and waffles.  YUM.  It was a good day.

These cookie mixed up pretty well, and I was glad to finally use the lemon that had also been in my fridge for several days.  The dough has to chill for a little while before baking, at least 20-30 minutes.  (Enter nap.)

These will look prettiest if you handle the dough gently and roll them into balls with your hands.  I found that my cookie scoop had a tendency to slice the berries and create some strangely-shaped and oozing cookies.  They just require some tenderness.

The original recipe called for a dot of cream cheese in the center of each cookie, but after I tried one, I decided I didn’t love the cream cheese center.  So I just left it out.  I figured I could easily come up with something else to do with the cream cheese… very easily!  Plus, I think the cookies are fabulous enough without the cream cheese center.

The citrus flavor with the fresh berries makes this cookie very fresh, and perfect for spring.  Which is what I was hoping for when I chose it.  However, the day I made them, there was 4 inches of snow on the ground, so it was only spring inside the house!

Lemon Blueberry Cookies
 
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A recipe for a soft lemon cookie with fresh blueberries
Category: Cookies
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add lemon zest and juice, and eggs, and mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients, and mix just until combined.
  4. Gently fold in blueberries.
  5. Chill dough for about 30 minutes or more. Roll gently into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes.

If you enjoy these, you might also enjoy:

Black and Blueberry Sandwich Cookies from Bittersweet

Lemon Ricotta Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Raspberry Blueberry Cream Tart from Get Off Your Butt and Bake

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  1. How yummy! Thanks Jen for sharing these cookies! They were the perfect spring/summer flavor especially when it was all winter outside! The Lemon and Blueberry went together perfectly! I can’t wait to make them and share them with my family!

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