Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Cookies

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These Lemon Blueberry Shortbread cookies are tasty shortbread treats with a hint of fruit.

Blueberry lemon cookies on a wooden cutting board.

To get the fruity taste I made a basic shortbread recipe and added some dried blueberries to the dough.

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A close up of blueberry cookies on a baking sheet.

One of the things I find annoying about shortbread is cutting the butter into the dough using a pastry cutter. It takes so long, but I love the crumbly shortbread that results. So this time I tried making the shortbread in the food processor. It worked pretty well, and when I added the dried blueberries they got processed into smaller pieces too, spreading the blueberry flavor and leaving pretty purple swirls all through the dough.

A white icing is being poured onto a rack of cookies.

After the cookies were baked and cooled I made simple glaze with powdered sugar and lemon juice, and drizzled it over the cookies.  To top them off and make them pretty I added some lemon zest on top. These cookies have so little sugar on them that a sugary glaze goes perfectly!

Blueberry cookies with lemon icing on a wooden cutting board.

The cookies have a nice delicate flavor, with distinct lemon and blueberry flavors which complement each other and are perfect for tea time!

Yield: 24

Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies perfect for teatime.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Add the flour, sugar and salt to the food processor and pulse a few times to mix.
  3. Cut the butter into 8 slices and add to the food processor, and pulse until the dough is small crumbs. OR use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour.
  4. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and squeeze it together into a ball.
  5. Roll and pat the dough into a thickness of 1/4 inch and cut using a cookie cutter. Reroll the scraps to use up all the dough.
  6. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes, until they just start to brown on the edges.
  7. Once the cookies are completely cool mix the lemon juice with the powdered sugar and drizzle it over the cookies. Top them off with freshly grated lemon zest.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 12gSugar: 6g
Blueberry lemon cookies on a wooden cutting board.

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4 thoughts on “Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Cookies”

  1. These are perfect for this theme! I love the scalloped edges too. I can’t wait to try incorporating dried fruit into shortbread.

  2. What a great Idea! The way the blueberries became swirled through the dough is so pretty and I love it paired with lemon. Perfect cookie for teatime!

  3. I always find cutting the butter in by hand very therapeutic, but I have also used the food processor route. Your picture of the dough with the cut out shapes is mesmerizing – love it! Pretty sure I have some dried blueberries in the pantry so I can’t wait to try your recipe.


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