The perfect summertime treat, these lemon-blackberry thumbprint cookies are light and buttery and full of fresh summertime flavor.
It’s berry season, guys! Isn’t that the best season there is? Yum. There’s just something about fresh berries. And Lancaster County is the best place to get your berry fix. Strawberries, anyway. There are so many local farms around here that grow them and set up little stands by the side of the road. It’s so easy and convenient to get fresh berries here. Strawberries aside (don’t worry, I’ll have some strawberry recipes coming!), the berries we’re talking about today are blackberries. I saw these beautiful organic berries at the market this week and couldn’t resist making a treat with them.
I also used blackberry jelly in this recipe. Feel free to use seedless jam if that’s what you have. I just wanted a smooth texture for my cookies.
The lemon flavor is enhanced by both lemon zest as well as some lemon oil. I’m a big essential oil user so I have lemon essential oil that I used here…just a few drops and it was perfect. If you don’t have any essential oils (or if the ones you have aren’t food-grade), feel free to use some lemon extract, start with adding about 1/4 teaspoon and go from there. The tart of the lemon pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the blackberry jelly.
These cookies are the perfect treat for tea or as a breakfast sweet. Paired with either a cup of tea or coffee, they’re delicate, sweet, and bursting with juicy flavor, especially if you top your cookies with blackberries. Yum-o!
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.