Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream

Blueberry Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting

Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

5 / 5 (6 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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79 comments on “Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream

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

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

  13. 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!

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

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

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

    These are so fun and perfect for a baby shower!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!

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

    What amazing summery shortbread!

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

    these are gorgeous and so perfect for a baby shower!

  21. 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!

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

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

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

    Sooooo cute Sommer! Love your cookies :)

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

    These are just the prettiest cookies! LOVE!

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

    These are seriously darling!!

    Rating: 5
  29. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 26, 2013 at 8:51 am Reply

    These are so cute – love them!

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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

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

  34. 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!!

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  36. 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!

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

    Perfectly precious!

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

    These are so cute! I love them!

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

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

    Rating: 5
  40. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted August 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Mmm these sound incredible! Love this!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

  48. 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!

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

    These look so good! Sounds like a lovely shower!

  51. 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!!

  52. 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!

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

    These are some gorgeous cookies.

  54. 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!

  55. 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!!!

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

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

  57. 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!

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

    I love shortbread, that lemon frosting is perfection!

    Rating: 5
  59. 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…

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

    These are super cute!

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

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

  62. 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!

  63. [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!

  64. 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!

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

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

  66. 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!!

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

    This looks SO good! I love blueberries!

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

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

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

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

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  74. 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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  77. 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.