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Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream

Tender buttery shortbread cookies packed with a juicy pop of fresh blueberry flavor, then topped with decedent lemon frosting. These little treats are a zippy addition to any weekend gathering, brunch or party!

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There are very few things in life that make me as happy as shortbread cookies.

Honestly, as much as I love cookies, I would forsake all other varieties for shortbread.

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It’s the crisp buttery texture and tender crumb. Mmmm… I get the shakes just thinking about them!

I made this variation for my sweet friend Aggie of AggiesKitchen.com.

Baking with Lavender

Aggie is one of my absolute favorite people in the blogging community. She is a wonderful friend, an amazing blogger, and she happens to be PREGNANT!

Today I’m participating in a Virtual Baby Shower to celebrate Aggie’s new addition. I thought these sweet fresh blueberry shortbread cookies with creamy lemon frosting would be just the thing to serve at a baby shower.

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I started with my classic shortbread recipe, then added a touch of crushed lavender buds to the dough, to provide a unique floral essence to the cookies.

Of course the lavender is optional, but I think lavender is a wonderful flavor that complements both blueberries and lemons. It balances the tartness and gives these cookies extra fresh-out-of-the-garden appeal.

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I pressed 3 firm blueberries in the top of each cookie before baking. The blueberries settle into the dough as it bakes and provide a little tangy pop in the center.

Once the shortbread cookies were cool, I whipped up a quick lemon frosting using cream cheese and lemon curd. The lemon curd adds a zippy-sweet note to the top of each cookie.

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Fresh Blueberry Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting are not only cute for a baby shower, they are utterly addictive.

Plan to have these disappear just as fast as you can set them out!

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Here is the complete menu for Aggie’s baby shower. Big thanks to Sandy, Julie, and Liz for organizing it!

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Aggie’s Virtual Baby Shower Menu

Appetizers
Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Drinks
Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch / or Iced Cafe Mocha from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Salads
Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Entrees
Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Desserts
Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

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Blueberry Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the shortbread cookies:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (I like Celtic Sea Salt)
  • 2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 tsp. crushed culinary lavender buds (optional)
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • lemon zest garnish (optional)

For the lemon frosting:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup lemon curd
  • 1/2 - 1 cup powdered sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy--3-5 minutes.
  2. Scrape the bowl and add the vanilla, salt, and lavender. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in the flour until just combined. Scrape the bowl again and mix for a few more seconds.
  3. Dump the dough out onto a flour work surface. Roll it out until it's just under 1/4 inch thick. Then use a 2 inch round cookie cutter to cut of the shortbread cookies. Cut them close together to get as many out of the first batch as possible. Gather the dough, re-roll and cut. Place the cookies an inch apart of the baking sheets.
  4. Gently press three firm blueberries into the top of each cookie. Then place them in the oven and bake until the edges are just barley golden brown--about 20 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets.
  5. Once the cookies are cool, Place the cream cheese in a clean mixing bowl. Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy, add the lemon curd one tablespoon at a time and mix in. Scrape the bowl and beat again, while slowly adding the powdered sugar.  The powdered sugar is just to help the frosting "set" later. Don't over do it, or they'll be too sweet!
  6. Place the lemon frosting in a piping bag with a large tip. Pipe a small dollop of lemon frosting on top of each shortbread cookie and top with a fresh blueberry. If you plan on eating them immediately, you can garnish them with freshly grated lemon zest.

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  10. Julie Wunder @ RunninginaSkirtposted August 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

    These cookies look amazing Sommer!!! YUM! Great to see you Friday- lets run soon.
    Congratulations Angie!

    Reply

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  12. marlaposted August 26, 2013 at 6:18 am

    WOW! Such a huge/fun baby shower, love this shortbread!

    Reply

  13. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted August 26, 2013 at 6:32 am

    These shortbread cookies are absolutely adorable! Love all the features in this party! Congrats to Aggie!

    Reply

  14. Jeanetteposted August 26, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Congrats to Aggie – how exciting and what a fun way to celebrate!

    Reply

  15. Tieghanposted August 26, 2013 at 6:38 am

    These are so fun and perfect for a baby shower!

    Reply

  16. Christine (Cook the Story)posted August 26, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I adore the lavender in these. And just how pretty they are. Perfectly adorable for a baby shower.

    Reply

  17. Cookbook Queenposted August 26, 2013 at 6:58 am

    These are SO perfect for a baby shower!! All the pretty blue for a boy. love!!

    Reply

  18. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 26, 2013 at 7:16 am

    What amazing summery shortbread!

    Reply

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  20. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

    these are gorgeous and so perfect for a baby shower!

    Reply

  21. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 26, 2013 at 7:35 am

    So super cute, and those flavors are so lovely! Perfect for sweet, sweet Aggie!

    Reply

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  23. naomiposted August 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

    So fun! I love that dollop of frosting on top.

    Reply

  24. Jenny Flakeposted August 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Sooooo cute Sommer! Love your cookies :)

    Reply

  25. Kristenposted August 26, 2013 at 7:57 am

    These are just the prettiest cookies! LOVE!

    Reply

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  28. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    These are so cute – love them!

    Reply

  29. Marlyposted August 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

    These are adorable! I’m sure they’d be the most popular item on the baby shower buffet table! It’s so fun to be a part of this event with you!

    Reply

  30. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookiesposted August 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

    That sounds delicious! What a sweet and classy dessert. Of course, shortbread is always in good taste!

    Reply

  31. katieposted August 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

    What an awesome idea! I love the idea of the blueberries pushed into the shortbread cookies! Perfect for a baby shower.

    Reply

  32. Tasha @thatssoyummyposted August 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Those cookies look adorable, I think I could eat 10 at one sitting!

    Reply

  33. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted August 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Lemons and Blueberry and Lemon and Lavender are two of my all time favorite flavor combos – and combining all THREE?! You’re officially done me in!!

    Reply

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  35. JulieDposted August 26, 2013 at 10:30 am

    These cookies are so cute, Sommer! I love them! Thanks for joining in on the shower!

    Reply

  36. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted August 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

    These are seriously darling!!

    Reply

  37. Paula - bell'alimentoposted August 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Perfectly precious!

    Reply

  38. Rachel Cooksposted August 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    These are so cute! I love them!

    Reply

  39. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted August 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Mmm these sound incredible! Love this!

    Reply

  40. Kate@Diethoodposted August 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    These are absolutely amazing!! Lucky Aggie! :-)

    Reply

  41. Mariaposted August 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I am in love with these cookies! Perfect for a shower too!

    Reply

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  43. Coletteposted August 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    These are the cutest li’l things.
    Bet they taste amazing. Congrats, Aggie!

    Reply

  44. Aimeeposted August 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Wow, that is some amazing shower!! All the best to Angie. xox

    Reply

  45. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted August 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    These are perfect bites of deliciousness to celebrate beautiful Aggie! Yay :)

    Reply

  46. Roxana | Roxana's Home Bakingposted August 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I absolutely adore shortbread and what a brilliant idea to press the blueberries in the cookie dough for an extra touch of goodness.
    So adorable, just perfect for Aggie’s baby shower!

    Reply

  47. Suzanneposted August 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Honestly, I never thought to top shortbread cookies with something as delicious looking as this lemon frosting (and berries). What a genius idea!

    Reply

  48. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted August 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Oh how I love a good shortbread cookie, buttery and tender there’s nothing better!

    Reply

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  50. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite booksposted August 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    These look so good! Sounds like a lovely shower!

    Reply

  51. Kathy - Panini Happyposted August 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    If this were an in-person baby shower, I would beeline over to these!!

    Reply

  52. Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the Kingposted August 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Pretty sure I’ll never get enough lemon blueberry-ness. These are gorgeous!

    Reply

  53. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted August 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    These are some gorgeous cookies.

    Reply

  54. Deniseposted August 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I always think of shortbread as a wintery cookie but these look so light and summery :) They look delicious!

    Reply

  55. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted August 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I. WANT. THESE. Soon!!! That lemon cream has my name on it!!!

    Reply

  56. Heather Christoposted August 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Sommer- these are so, so pretty!! great photography too :)

    Reply

  57. Aggieposted August 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Lemon and blueberry are perfect together! Love these and love you my friend! Thank you so much for making them for me :) (now can you send me some?)

    Reply

    • Sommer — August 27th, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

      Will do, girl!

      Reply

  58. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 28, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I love shortbread, that lemon frosting is perfection!

    Reply

  59. ashley - Baker by Natureposted August 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    These cookies are so gorgeous and happy looking! Perfect for a party! Or just for my mouth…

    Reply

  60. Angieposted August 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    These are super cute!

    Reply

  61. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted August 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Blueberry and lemon is one of my favorite combinations! These look incredible!

    Reply

  62. Summerposted August 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I had a big container of blueberries and was wanting to make blueberry cookies the other day. I’ll have to buy some more and try these out. I made a strawberry tart and added crushed lavender in the tart crust and a pinch in the cream. The floral and fruit flavor was divine!

    Reply

  63. Sandy@ReluctantEntertainerposted August 29, 2013 at 6:03 am

    What a very fun baby shower for Aggie! Love these, Sommer. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  64. Jodee Weilandposted August 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    This recipe looks great, but what i really love is you added a cream cheese icing…fantastic!

    Reply

  65. Leslieposted August 30, 2013 at 7:43 am

    THESE>COOKIES! Perfect. And beautiful photos, as always!

    Reply

  66. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Shortbread cookies are my favorite and I love that you added lemon frosting!! So perfect for Aggie’s Shower!

    PS I really love those dishes!!

    Reply

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  68. RavieNomNomsposted September 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    This looks SO good! I love blueberries!

    Reply

  69. Nutmeg Nannyposted September 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    These are so delightful :) I love shortbread cookies, especially this recipe!

    Reply

  70. Shainaposted September 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    These are just the cutest little cookies. What a wonderful way to celebrate with Aggie!

    Reply

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  74. ErinAnnposted June 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    These are really fantastic cookies. I was doubtful about baking the blueberries on top, but each cookie was like a tiny blueberry pie once they were frosted.

    I didn’t want the heaviness of cream cheese frosting, and I can’t eat eggs (sadly, as lemon curd is glorious), I made a frosting out of whipped cream (1 C cream) stabilized with 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, gently stir in 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and then 1 Cup of sour cream. It comes out like a meringue. Absolutely fabulous.

    Reply

    • Beth — August 16th, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

      Help! I am making these and the dough is still so wet that I can’t roll them. I will just add more flour but did anyone else have this problem? I am seeing mostly comments about people wanting to try them but have not yet…

      Reply

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