The end of summer inches closer day by day. Although I am ready for cooler days, I will not miss the beautiful bounty that summer brings. So as of late, when I bake, I find myself leaning towards the best fruits of summer. You cannot argue with the proposition that lemon and blueberry are some of the best summer fruits.
Although I am not the biggest fan of fresh blueberries—it’s a texture thing–I love the way they taste baked into something. Lemon is the perfect counterpart to balance the sweet fruit. The southerner in me always leans towards making a pie or cake, but when I make something so large, my husband has trouble eating all of it. A simple solution is to make something smaller: cookies. To meet in the middle, I created cookies that taste like pie using all of the best ingredients of summer.
A few tips for making better cookies:
- Be careful not to overwork your dough, if you do your cookies will become tough.
- To prevent overworking the dough, mix together your ingredients until they are just together.
- Never kneed your dough.
- To prevent cookie spread, chill your dough before baking. This allows the butter to harden back up.
- Parchment paper is the perfect way to prevent your cookies from sticking to the pan.
- Cookie Ingredients:
- 1 Stick of Butter, softened
- 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 1/2 Cups of Quick Cooking Oats
- 2 1/4 Cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 1 Cup of Fresh Blueberries
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
- Lemon Glaze Ingredients:
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
- Cream together your butter and sugar with a mixer, either a stand mixer or with hand mixer.
- In a separate bowl mix together your salt, flour, baking powder, and oats.
- Mix in one-half of your dry mixture into the creamed butter. Once fully incorporated, mix in your egg followed by the remaining amount of dry mixture. Mix on medium speed until fully combined, being sure not to over mix.
- Place the cookie dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the butter to chill. This will help prevent too much spreading.
- While to cookie dough chills, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare two cookie sheets by lining them with slip mats or parchment paper.
- To form your cookies, roll the desired amount of dough into a ball then flatten the ball into a disc. Place the round on your cookie sheet then place 5-6 blueberries in the center of the dough.
- One all of your cookies are assembled bake the cookies for approximately 10 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely before apply the glaze.
- Create your lemon glaze by combining powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a small bowl. Mix until fully combined. The glaze should be thick but pourable, so add more lemon juice as necessary to get the desired thickness.
- Glaze cookies once they are cooled, and allow the glaze to set for 10 minutes before serving.