These Lemon Blueberry Cookies are soft and cake-like with an intense blueberry flavor and tangy lemon glaze that is drizzled on top makes these cookies the perfect summer cookie!
Lemon and blueberry is such a delicious combination.It's actually one of my favorites. This cookie recipe.... It's like blueberry muffin meets a cookie. Soft and tender, every bite is bursting with lemon or blueberry flavor.
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Key Ingredients & Substitutions
- Butter - used softened butter at room temperature. You can substitute shortening for the butter.
- Granulated sugar
- Large Egg - egg should be at room temperature.
- Milk - you can use 1%, 2% or whole milk in this recipe.
- Lemon Zest - you will need lemon zest both in the cookies and the glaze. Lemon juice is one of the main ingredients for the glaze. Using fresh lemon juice and zest is key to a delicious cookie. The fresh lemon flavor is quite different than the bottled juice that you can buy in the grocery store.
- Almond Extract - you can substitute vanilla extract for the almond extract or use ½ vanilla ½ almond.
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Fresh blueberries - using fresh juicy blueberries gives these cookies the best flavor. Wild blueberries can also be used. I recommend only the fresh and not the frozen berries. They will work, but can affect baking time and tended to turn the dough purple!
- Glaze ingredients: powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice
How to Make Blueberry Lemon Cookies
You can a find a full recipe card with detailed instructions at the bottom of the page. Below, I've added a few visual photos to assist step-by-step with making the recipe.
The cookies require two hours of chilling, therefore you will not need to preheat the oven until after the chill time.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl with hand mixer, or bowl from stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in egg, milk, lemon zest, almond extract. Mix on low speed, then on medium speed for one minute once combined.
In a separate large mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
Add dry ingredients to butter mixture.
Gently fold in blueberries, reserving a few for pressing into the top of unbaked cookies.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Drop by heaping small cookie scoop or tablespoon on prepared cookie sheets. Press one to two of the reserved blueberries into the top of each cookie.
Bake in 375°F oven for 12 to 14 minutes. Edges will be light golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes.
Transfer to wire rack. Cool cookies completely before drizzling with glaze.
Make the glaze: placing 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon zest and 2 Tablepoons of lemon juice in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of lemon juice until the glaze reaches a consistency that can be drizzled. You want it not too thick and should easily drizzle when you run a fork through the glaze and hold up to drizzle.
Use a fork, or place glaze in a decorator bag with a fine tip and drizzle over each cookie.
Allow the glaze to set before storing the cookies.
My Top Tips for Making this Recipe
- use fresh blueberries for best results.
- do not overmix the batter.
- chill the dough for the full two hours.
Storage & Freezing Instructions
Store cooled cookies in an airitight container for 2 to 3 days.
To freeze cookies, cool completely then transfer to airtight container and freeze for up to two months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. These cookies may be frozen in an airtight container for two months. Ensure that they have cooled completely before placing them in the freezer-safe container and if there is more than one layer, place a sheet of parchment paper in between the two layer.
Yes! White chocolate chips or white chocolate chunks taste delicious in these cookies.
I recommend using fresh lemon juice for the best flavor in these cookies. In a pinch, you could use bottled concentrated lemon juice.
I recommend using fresh blueberries instead of frozen blueberries. If that is all that you have on hand, you can use them and be sure to thaw them completely and drain off all of the water. Toss them in 1 tablespoon of flour, then add to the cookie dough.