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

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!


Aggie’s Virtual Baby Shower Menu

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

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

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

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

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

5 / 5 (7 Reviews)
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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



  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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82 comments on “Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream

  1. Sunnieposted September 23, 2018 at 6:12 pm Reply

    These were amazing! Definitely not too sweet or too lemony. All the flavors come through. I misread the recipe and ended up with 1/2 thick cookies but I just left them in an extra 9 minutes and they still came out great!! These just made my short list of go-to cookie recipes. Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  2. ANNAposted August 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm Reply

    CAN I refrigerate this dough overnight?

  3. Bethposted February 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Can you make these the day before and leave out or do they need to be refrigeraterated.?thanks!

    • Sommerposted February 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm Reply

      Hi Beth! You can make them a day ahead. I would leave them out on the counter, but not more than 2 days.

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  6. ErinAnnposted June 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm Reply

    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.

    Rating: 5
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  10. Shainaposted September 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply

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

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

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

    Rating: 5
  12. RavieNomNomsposted September 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm Reply

    This looks SO good! I love blueberries!

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

    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!!

  15. Leslieposted August 30, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

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

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

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

  17. [email protected]posted August 29, 2013 at 6:03 am Reply

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

  18. Summerposted August 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

    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!

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

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

  20. Angieposted August 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm Reply

    These are super cute!

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

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

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

    I love shortbread, that lemon frosting is perfection!

    Rating: 5
  23. Aggieposted August 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm Reply

    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?)

    • Sommerposted August 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm Reply

      Will do, girl!

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

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

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

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

  26. Deniseposted August 27, 2013 at 8:16 am Reply

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

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

    These are some gorgeous cookies.

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

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

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

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

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

    These look so good! Sounds like a lovely shower!

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

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

  33. Suzanneposted August 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm Reply

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

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

    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!

  35. Aimeeposted August 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply

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

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

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

    Rating: 5
  37. Coletteposted August 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm Reply

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

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  39. [email protected]posted August 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

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

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

    Mmm these sound incredible! Love this!

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

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

    Rating: 5
  42. Rachel Cooksposted August 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

    These are so cute! I love them!

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

    Perfectly precious!

  44. JulieDposted August 26, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply

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

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

    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!!

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

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

  48. katieposted August 26, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

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

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

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

  50. Marlyposted August 26, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

    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!

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

    These are so cute – love them!

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

    These are seriously darling!!

    Rating: 5
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  55. Kristenposted August 26, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

    These are just the prettiest cookies! LOVE!

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

    Sooooo cute Sommer! Love your cookies :)

  57. naomiposted August 26, 2013 at 7:39 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    these are gorgeous and so perfect for a baby shower!

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

    What amazing summery shortbread!

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

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

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

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

  65. Tieghanposted August 26, 2013 at 6:38 am Reply

    These are so fun and perfect for a baby shower!

  66. Jeanetteposted August 26, 2013 at 6:34 am Reply

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

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

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

  68. marlaposted August 26, 2013 at 6:18 am Reply

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

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

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

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