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Lemon Blueberry Cookies

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lemon blueberry cookies on parchment paper

You’re going to be obsessed with these Lemon Blueberry Cookies!

Blueberries are quite possibly one of my favorite fruits due to their obvious yummy-ness and their health benefits!

Blueberries are jam-packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals and I love how blueberries and fresh lemon complement each other SO well.

lemon blueberry cookie on parchment paper

The cream cheese center of these cookies makes these cookies stand out and adds a decadent creamy texture. Hashtag YUM! 

I have a few different lemon cookie recipes on Kroll’s Korner, so once you try these Lemon Blueberry Cookies, make sure to check out my Lemon Crinkle Cookies, Lemon Curd Cookies, and my Soft & Chewy Lemon Cookies too!

Ingredient Notes

For these easy lemon cookies, you’ll need:

ingredients in small glass bowls

You can scroll down to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and measurements.

  • Cake flourCake flour is finer, softer and lighter than All-Purpose Flour and I find using a mix of both cake flour and All-Purpose results in the perfect cookie. You can find cake flour in most grocery stores, usually on the top shelf. If you don’t have cake flour you can still make these cookies, just replace it with All-Purpose flour.
  • Corn Starch: Cornstarch is key to giving cookies that delectably soft center that’s just to die for. It also helps to keep the cookies thick and GIANT!
  • Adding an extra Egg Yolk: Another way to promise a super chewy cookie is to use an extra egg yolk! The extra egg yolk adds richness, soft tenderness, and binds the dough.All-Purpose Flour
  • Cream cheese: Turn it into a cheesecake filling by combining 4 oz. cream cheese (softened), 1/3 cup confectioners sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and a pinch of salt and blend until smooth with a hand mixer. Pop in the refrigerator to chill before filling each cookie to make it easier to work with.
    • You can also drop by 2 tsp. sized scoops onto a wax paper lined plate or baking sheet and transfer to the freezer to chill while you make the cookie dough.

Step by Step Directions

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe instructions.

how to put cream cheese in the center of cookies

Making these cookies couldn’t be easier!

lemon blueberry cookie dough in a mixing bowl
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: All-Purpose flour, cake flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Then add in the eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add in dry ingredients.
  6. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  7. Portion the cookie dough into 6 large cookies. Flatten each dough ball a little and place ~2 tsp. cheesecake filling in the center. Form the dough back into a ball around the filling, sealing it in the center.
  8. Bake and then let cool for 10-15 minutes before whisking together the lemon glaze and drizzling over the cookies.
a cookie with cream cheese in the center

Tips for making lemon blueberry cookies

  • Make sure you’re using freshly squeezed lemon juice in both the cookies and the glaze. Pre-bottled lemon juice doesn’t compare, so go ahead and buy a few lemons if you plan on making these cookies.
  • Let the cookies rest: If your cookies are turning out too gooey, let them rest longer. I recommend at least 15 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. They are even better if you let them sit and enjoy the next day. Your cookies aren’t ruined, just let them rest!
  • You can make the cookies smaller. Adjust baking time as needed.
  • Make homemade cake flour if you can’t find it in stores. Homemade cake flour: 14 Tbsp. All-purpose flour and 2 Tbsp. corn starch. Mix these together and sift them twice to get them fully mixed and aerated. This will make ~1 cup flour. You only need 3/4 cup for this recipe.
  • Storage: Best stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. I wouldn’t leave them out on the counter for more than 1 day.

FAQ

Can I use put frozen blueberries in cookies?

Yes! I just prefer using fresh. If you use frozen berries, you’d likely want to add them in frozen and then bake these cheesecake cookies for an extra minute or two.

Can I make these cheesecake cookies gluten-free?

Yes, replace both the All-Purpose flour and Cake flour with: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

Which fruit flavor is your favorite part of this cookie?

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lemon blueberry cookies on parchment paper
4.83 from 46 reviews

Lemon Blueberry Cookies

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 large cookies or 12 small
Lemon Blueberry Cookies baked to perfection with a ooey-gooey cream cheese filled center.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon zest (feel free to add more for more lemon flavor)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or lemon extract for more lemon flavor)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Cheesecake filling

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line parchment paper or silicone baking mats on 2 baking sheets and set aside.
  • Make the cheesecake filling first: beat ingredients in a bowl until smooth with a hand mixer. Place in the refrigerator to chill before filling each cookie to make it easier to work with or you can also drop by 2 tsp. sized scoops onto a wax paper lined plate or baking sheet and transfer to the freezer to chill while you make the cookie dough.
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, pinch of salt
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: All-Purpose flour, cake flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup cake flour, 1 tsp. cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Then add in the egg, egg yolk, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract.
    8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cubed, 3/4 cup white granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon zest (feel free to add more for more lemon flavor), 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or lemon extract for more lemon flavor)
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients. Turn off the machine and gently stir in the blueberries.
    1 cup fresh blueberries
  • Portion the cookie dough into 6 large cookies or 12 smaller cookies. Use lightly floured hands if needed, dough may be sticky.
  • Flatten each dough ball a little and place ~2 tsp. cream cheese in the center. Form the dough back into a ball around the cream cheese, sealing it in the center. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake ~10-13 minutes, ovens may vary. Let cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  • Once cooled, make the glaze by mixing the lemon juice and powdered sugar together. Drizzle glaze over cookies and enjoy!
    1 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp. lemon juice

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Notes

  • Best stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. I wouldn’t recommend leaving them out on the counter for more than 1 day.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1large cookie, Calories: 592kcal (30%), Carbohydrates: 86g (29%), Protein: 8g (16%), Fat: 25g (38%), Saturated Fat: 14g (88%), Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 125mg (42%), Sodium: 532mg (23%), Potassium: 127mg (4%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 48g (53%), Vitamin A: 847IU (17%), Vitamin C: 7mg (8%), Calcium: 66mg (7%), Iron: 2mg (11%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Pat Hendrickson

Simply incredible cookies. They would be incredible without the filling, but with the filling (I made the cheesecake version), they’re sublime. I rarely eat any dessert that doesn’t have chocolate, but these cookies will be the exception. Bursting with flavor, especially when you bite into a blueberry all the while savoring the lemony goodness all around it.

Regan Harris

These cookies are absolutely amazing!!! I knew they’d be good but this is next level. They’re fluffy and moist and have the perfect lemon flavor and the blueberries add another burst of flavor! I rarely make cookies and this recipe was a labor of love but worth it. As the creator said in the recipe, this dough is definitely sticky!! It’s hard to work with but it turns out great, the shape of my cookies didn’t turn out the prettiest but it’s all about the taste IMO. Next time I would let the cookie dough chill for a while before portioning and adding in the cream cheese filling. Definitely a repeat recipe!

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Ryan

We made these and they were very tasty! We would love to try and make some them as bars! Has anyone tried that? Overall, great recipe and we loved the ingredients listed below each step! Very helpful! Will definitely make again as cookies while we experiment with making them into bars.

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Kenz

Some of the best cookies that I have ever made. My boyfriend is picky when it comes to good food and he loved them. The perfect light but decadent cookie for spring and summer!

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Amanda

Turned out amazing! I had to substitute powdered sugar for regular sugar as I didn’t realize I was out, but still turned out great! Thank you for your recipes!

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lauren

Do you think these would be okay with freeze dried blueberries, like in the strawberry cookie recipe (which I LOVE!!)

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Tina

These turned out amazing, will definitely be making these again.

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Isabel

Have you ever tried freezing these?

Melissa

I love these cookies. Everyone requests that I make them. My only question is why are they so sticky? Not sure what I’m doing wrong. I have to use powered sugar on my hands to get the dough flat so I can I put the cream cheese in. It just seems very wet—-I measure carefully and pat dry the blueberries. Any thoughts?

Melissa

Everyone loves these cookies! They request them all the time. The only issue I seem to have is they are soooooo sticky when making. I measure very carefully. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I have to use powdered sugar on my hands. Any suggestions?

Courtney

Loved these! I love all of the cookie recipes I’ve tried from this blog. They are fun and enjoyable to throw together. No chill cookies so it isn’t a chore but a tasty cookie adventure. Cookies were just as delightful as all the others I have made. I did try them with frozen blueberries, and they really were quite large blueberries. Mixed them in from frozen as she suggested. Made the dough a bit more tough to work with, and of course, picked up some of that blueberry color in the batter. So my cookies ended up being gigantic (not as pretty) blueberry lemony blobs of deliciousness. I’m not mad. Even with the wet and messy batter due to using frozen berries, the cookies held their shape and didn’t melt flat. Great recipe. Next time I will use smaller fresh berries. So tasty as always. ❤️