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Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies

These easy whoopie pies are flavored with orange, and filled with blueberry frosting.  This recipe for whoopie pies might be your new favorite!

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!One of my favorite things is when I open the fridge and the produce drawers are full of gorgeous fresh fruits and vegetables.

But… confession:  I don’t like eating most fruits plain.  I would literally rather eat a celery stick than an orange or a handful of blueberries.  I love everything about citrus fruits, except eating them plain.

I’m not really sure where my son, The Fruitarian, came from.  That kid would rather eat plain fruit than just about anything.  And not just apples and oranges, either.  He’ll eat kiwi, berries, grapes, he’s the only one in the house who will eat honeydew, and he can practically eat half a watermelon all by himself.

Personally, I’d rather bake with the oranges.  Which is what I did today.

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!

By the way, I’m adding this to the long list of buttermilk recipes on this site.

It’s a thing.

I can’t help myself.  The thought of a cookie made with orange zest and buttermilk was just too tempting.  Buttermilk gives a sort of sour flavorfulness to baked goods, and orange really gives a fresh taste without being overwhelming.

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!

Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Use fresh oranges and blueberries in this fun cookie!

I used blueberries to make this frosting, but I think it would be great with raspberries or strawberries or blackberries too.

The whole cookie has a kind of fresh-produce-drawer feel to it, if you ask me.  Nothing better for summer!

Want more?  Check out these citrus favorites!

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Orange Blueberry Whoopie Pies
 
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A cakey orange buttermilk cookie, sandwiched with fresh blueberry frosting.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • zest from one orange (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and orange zest and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda and mix well.
  3. Add buttermilk alternately with flour, mixing just until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
  5. FOR PUREE: Combine berries with water in a pot, and cook over medium high heat. Once berries start to soften (this should only take a minute or two) use a potato masher or fork to mash berries. Continue to cook for a couple minutes more, stirring, to let mixture thicken slightly. (I ended up with 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of puree.)
  6. FOR FROSTING: In a mixing bowl, combine puree with 3 T. butter, and powdered sugar. Powdered sugar can be adjusted to reach the consistency you prefer.
  7. Once cookies have cooled, frost the bottom of a cookie and sandwich it with another cookie. Store in an airtight container.

 

Berry Trifle and 4th of July Party

This trifle recipe uses strawberries and blueberries; Simple berry trifle for the 4th of July or any summer event.  It’s a beautiful red, white & blue berry trifle recipe!

trifle recipeTrifle has been an acquired taste for me.  The first trifle I had literally made me gag, because soggy cake is really really gross.

I refused to eat my Mother-in-Law’s Christmas trifle for several years because of it.

The real traditional-type trifle is supposed to be soggy.  It’s supposed to sit and chill for hours and let the flavors mesh, which I frankly think is code for letting the cake get soggy and disgusting.

The way to truly enjoy trifle, if you ask me, is to eat it fresh.  Put it all together just before serving, and that way there is no soggy texture or goopy desserts to politely force yourself to eat.  It also helps to put it in individual serving dishes.

Of course, the very, VERY best way to enjoy trifle is to enjoy it with friends.  With friends, on a holiday.

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This is why I have gathered my friends (again!) for this amazing 4th of July party where we will be serving all kinds of yummy summery foods.  And Canadian friends, you’re invited too.

You’re definitely going to want to check out what’s going on with all these amazing bloggers.  They’ve made some really delicious stuff, just for you.

I might be biased.  They are my very best online friends, after all.

4th of July Recipes

1. Berry Cheesecake Crumb Tart from Hungry Couple NYC
2. California Burgers from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
3. 4th of July Ice Cream Cones from Roxana’s Home Baking
4. Red, White & Blueberry Parfaits from Cravings of a Lunatic
5. Red, White & Blue Deviled Eggs from Created by Diane
6. Summer Berry Pizza from Magnolia Days
7. Sparkling Pineapple Cake Martini from The Messy Baker
8. Red, White & Bleu Mac ‘N Cheese from Juanita’s Cocina
9. Red, White & Blue Vanilla Bean Spritzers from Pineapple and Coconut
10. Red, White & Blue S’mores Pies from Big Bears Wife
11. Lemon Raspberry Sugarless Cookies from What Smells so Good
12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Squares from Chocolate Moosey
13. Berry Trifle from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
14. Watermelon Mojito Ice Pops from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

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Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins

A simple muffin recipe; Try this homemade blueberry muffin recipe for a delicious breakfast treat!  This muffin recipe uses blueberries and buttermilk.

blueberry muffin recipeI’m probably going to get in trouble for making these muffins.

I told Robb I wanted to make muffins this week, and asked his opinion on flavors.  He replied, “I’ve always loved blueberry muffins.  I really like those banana muffins you make, though.”

Bananas I have none this week, but I do have a brand new box of fresh blueberries, which settled the question.

And then Robb left town.  And well, I made blueberry muffins in his absence.  And the kids scarfed them all down within a day, which means Robb gets zero of these blueberry muffins that were his suggestion.

It’s kind of a theme at our house.

Sorry, Robb.  Try not to be mad at me.  I’ll make another batch when you get home.

Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins from Jen's Favorite Cookies

On the bright side, I had some help making my muffins today.  In fact, I did almost zero of the work.

Well, zero of the fun work, anyway.

There’s this kid in the neighborhood, a kid who spends enough time at my house that he has taken to referring to me as “mom.”  He asked if he could help make the muffins, and, well, it’s hard to turn down an offer like that.

We were a good team.  He collected ingredients while I tidied up the kitchen, which is no small task.  Cleaning the kitchen might be my most hated chore of all time.  As evidenced by the state of my kitchen.

muffin recipe

I decided to give these muffins a little extra pizzazz with a sugar crust.  It was easy, I just sprinkled a little sugar over each muffin just before baking, and let the sugar bake into the top.

It’s not as tasty as streusel topping, I’ll admit that, but it’s a bit simpler, and is the kind of extra detail that tells people that you care.

Especially husbands who might be upset about missing the blueberry muffins.

 

Find more great muffins on this “Muffins & Scones” Pinterest Board!

More muffin recipes you might enjoy:

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Lemon Blueberry Cookies

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.

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