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Chewy Lemon Blueberry Cookies

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This post is evidence that I am a totally sucker. Twice.

First, my three-year-old lifts a huge tub of blueberries into the shopping cart and says, "Can I have the blueberries? I love them." I agree. Sucker.

The next day, she climbs in my lap and says, "Can we please make cookies?" I agree again. Sucker.

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I would show you the picture of her helping me scoop the dough into the cookie sheets, but she did so naked. She’s in a naked phase, as soon as we walk in the door she strips off all her clothes, yells, "Naked lady on the loose!" and runs through the house. I’ve decided not to fight this battle, we’ve just had to come to an agreement about when it is, and is not, appropriate to be naked. Which makes me say things like, "Honey, we don’t get naked at the post office." I’m assuming she’ll grow out of it. Or someday find happiness at a nudist colony, preferably in a warm climate.

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We actually made these twice. I’ve told you this before, but my version of The Perfect Cookie is chewy, not cakey. And despite my best intentions, the first batch came out cakey:

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And although I was disappointed in the lack of chewyness, I still ate five (for real, don’t judge). The second round was exactly what I wanted, soft, chewy, slightly puffy, and not cakey. But I do understand there are those of you who do like the cakey version, also they would be fantastic to make blueberry whoopies with, so I’m posting both.

But the chewy ones were better.

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Chewy Lemon Blueberry Cookies (both cakey and chewy versions listed)

Yield: 24 cookies


Cakey version:

  • 2 ½ cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 3 tbs lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries


Chewy Version:

  • 1 1/4 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 cups bread flour (can use AP flour, but won’t be as chewy)
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 additional egg yolk
  • 3 tbs lemon juice (about 1 large lemons)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 ½ cup fresh blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl mix together the flour(s), baking soda, (baking powder if making the cakey version) and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat both kids of sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg(s), beat until very well combined, about 3 minutes. Mix in the sour cream (cakey version only). Add the lemon juice and zest mix until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients, stir until just combined. Gently stir in the blueberries.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop golf ball sized mounds onto a cookie sheet that has been covered with parchment paper (if making cakey version, chill for 20-30 minutes prior to baking or they will spread too much. Chewy version does not need to be chilled).
  6. Bake at 350 for 12-16 minutes or until the top just starts to turn a very light golden brown.
  7. immediately slide the parchment onto the counter, allow the cookies to cool to room temperature.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 6, 2013 um 3:06 am

I love that you posted 2 versions of the same cookie! I am 100% chewy cookies, all the way.

Fruit-based cookies can be hard! I made some mango cookies about 18 mos ago and those things gave me a hard time. I love the big chunky blueberries in yours. So pretty!


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 6, 2013 um 7:41 am

Hahaha the naked baker, I love it. I prefer the chewy version, but I bet they are both good!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 6, 2013 um 9:34 am

These blueberry cookies look fabulous, Jackie! I love that you guys experimented and came up with two great recipes!


Ashley – Baker by Nature June 6, 2013 um 1:29 pm

I looooooooooooove the way your second batch came out; that’s my kind of cookie. Also, I find if hysterical your daughter is in a naked phase. My brother went through one of those… which was mostly funny, sometimes awkward.


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 6, 2013 um 2:37 pm

Love the sound of these cookies! Chewy cookies are the best!


Kim Beaulieu June 6, 2013 um 6:02 pm

I just want to scream "get in mah bellah". They look so yummy. Have a great weekend at Blogher Food. Wish I was there to say hello and hang out.


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 7, 2013 um 10:55 pm

Too funny about the naked phase! And hey, since these are made with blueberries, that makes them healthy, right?!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 7, 2013 um 11:32 pm

Awwww, Claire is adorable! I love that she was helping you baked naked. Too stinking cute.

And cakey or chewey, I need these cookies! And I’ll have 5 too if that makes you feel better.


Jen @ Savory Simple June 8, 2013 um 5:55 am

This made me laugh out loud. Your daughter is hilarious! Love the cookies.


RavieNomNoms June 11, 2013 um 8:29 am

So funny! I love fruit in cookies too!


Claire Gallam June 11, 2013 um 11:15 am

I’m a sucker for these!!!


Zack June 11, 2013 um 3:58 pm

Yields how many cookies?


Jackie June 11, 2013 um 4:55 pm

24 🙂


Zack June 19, 2013 um 11:44 pm

So I made the chewy version, and they came out cakey… I wonder what happened…


Lorie August 6, 2013 um 10:25 am

Me too! I will try the other version to see if they are just turned around!


Megan {Country Cleaver} June 14, 2013 um 9:46 am

I’ll counter your eating of five and raise it to 11!! YUM!


Amitee June 23, 2013 um 6:43 pm

I love the chewy version!! And the batter is tasty enough that I lick them out of my fingers all the way through lol (wonder if that beats your five-cookie quota)

My cookies got chewy top indeed, yet the bottom and inside are so cakey-soft that they fall apart at the moment I pick them up……wonder if the temperature is not enough???


Cassie | Bake Your Day July 1, 2013 um 4:49 pm

I was just thinking about blueberry cookies this weekend. I’m tempted to make these right now! I love chewy cookies!


Lynna July 6, 2013 um 1:38 am

Love this combo! I can`t wait to try this out. I will definitely try the chewier one.


Katariina M July 12, 2013 um 6:09 am

Thanks for the recipe! I’ve made these (the cakey version) with some extra white chocolate, and they taste sooooo good. The only thing is that mine have been sticky and not hard at all. Do you (or anyone else) have any idea what has gone wrong?


Laura July 20, 2013 um 7:05 pm

I love these! I think most blueberry cookie recipes either use dried blueberries or are cakey. And I agree with you. So I am pinning these and trying soon!


Beth July 22, 2013 um 9:20 am

We just picked over 20 lbs of blueberries Saturday. Was looking for things to do with them before I freeze the majority later. These look yummy! Can’t wait to try!


Jill July 25, 2013 um 10:43 am

I tried the chewy version and got cakey too. Maybe too much flour since I used ALL all purpose flour instead of AP and bread flour? Should I decrease the amount of flour? If so, by how much do you think? These were still great, but I was really looking forward to a chewier cookie. My husband will love these when he gets home. My kids and I all sampled the batter as we made them. YUM!


Jackie July 25, 2013 um 11:34 am

Bread flour is a chewy flour, using all bread flour is a better option and more flour than called for will give you better odds of chewy cookies. Bread flour is great for chewy cookies, give it a try next time 🙂


Kestrel July 30, 2013 um 8:07 pm

All small children are natural nudists. Our son went through a phase of running around the house in his birthday suit, so we did all sorts of things with a naked little boy. It was a lot easier to wash him off that way. He’s 15 now, and he’s outgrown it.

I have yet to try the cookies, but – lemon and blueberries. What’s not to like?


Rosita August 6, 2013 um 8:57 pm

Tried the chewy recipe with AP flour. It was popular. Tastes like a blueberry muffin, texture like a cookie. Best of both worlds. Awesome recipe!


Jackie August 6, 2013 um 9:43 pm

Great! Thank you 🙂


Shelley August 13, 2013 um 9:05 pm

Well I’m on my second cookie sheet and it sure makes more than 24 cookies. Also the recipe I used was the cake one and the directions did not say when or how to incorporate the sour cream. One cookie sheet out, look very white looking. I think I will increase the heat next time. Will do again. Thanks.


Narisa January 12, 2016 um 4:03 am

I made the chewy recipe for my family, it was a big hit.


Sharon May 7, 2016 um 8:36 am

I realize this is a 3 year old post, but i hope you can answer this for me. I am making your chewy recioe today (cant wait!). But i was,wondering if you can use frizen blueberries for this recipe? Thanks!


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