Lemon Blackberry Tea Cookies

Two years ago I decided I had to have a lemon tree. Not a big decision if one lives in Florida, California, or maybe Hawaii, but I live in Boise, Idaho. Not exactly a mecca for citrus! I knew it to be an impossible dream since I had no green house and winters in my area drop to the teens.

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

Growing up in Southern California I remembered the smell of those lovely blossoms; the delicate fragrance floating on the wind and perfuming the air. So I threw caution to the wind and went to the most logical place I could think of to buy lemon trees in Boise; ordering one on Amazon, with an orange tree as well for good measure! 

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

It has been two years now and my poor Tim has paid the price. During the winter the trees remain indoors under the grow lights, but once the weather begins to change, off go the lights and the trees go outside during the day and inside at night. I baby those trees like they were finest gold. Tim does all the heavy lifting.  In and out, in and out, all summer long. I am glad Tim is such a great sport, though secretly (sometimes not so secretly), I think he wishes they would wither up and die! 

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

Monetarily those citrus trees are certainly not worth it, but the pleasure and joy they bring with the smell of those blossoms far exceeds anything money can buy.

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

Lemon Blackberry Tea Cookies

Lemon Blackberry Tea Cookies are sure to please. The lemon infused cookie is soft on the inside with a crispy outside. A pool of blackberry preserves adorning its center. White Chocolate adds the final decadent touch. Great for summer, lemonade and outdoor picnics. The best part is how easy they all come together. 

4.5 from 2 reviews
Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies
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Serves: 24
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 2 tsp milk)
  • ½ cup blackberry preserves
  • ½ cup white chocolate melts (or white chocolate chips and 1 tsp butter)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg, Grand Marnier (or vanilla and milk), and lemon juice and beat until combined.
  5. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture.
  6. Scoop dough with cookie scoop or by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two baking sheets.
  7. Press slight indentation into center and add 1 tsp blackberry preserves.
  8. Bake until edges are golden, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  9. Let cool 5 minutes on sheets.
  10. Meanwhile place White Chocolate (is using chips add butter) into small microwave safe dish and microwave on 50 % power for 25 seconds. Stir, if not melted, continue to microwave 15 seconds at a time, till chocolate is completely melted with a smooth consistency.
  11. once cookies have cooled for 5 minutes, lightly drizzle chocolate over cookies. Cool completely so chocolate will harden.
  12. Serve.

 Adapted from Glazed Lemon Cookies by Martha Stewart

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  1. says

    I live in Southern California and totally understand your love of meyer lemons and oranges. Hats off to you and your sweet husband for moving your trees in and out. Can you put them on wheels? Haven’t tried these lucious lemon blackberry cookies but your gluten free breakfast cookies are my all time favorite!

  2. says

    I wish I had one of these right now! Pinning! Thanks for linking up with the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious4You

  3. says

    I can understand where Tim is coming from, however I can just picture the beauty of those lemon and orange trees. And the smell, oh it must be heavenly.
    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social, I’m looking forward to seeing you again next Thursday at 9pm EST at http://www.thequestionablehomesteader.com for another installment of The Weekend Social.
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    • says

      I co-hosted my first party this past week…I never realized how much work it is to make them happen! Thank you for taking the time to come b and say hello! Blessings, Shari

  4. says

    I love your story about the citrus trees. I too have an extremely patient husband who just goes with my craziness. We recently moved back to California and I’m hoping that we will be able to get our own citrus trees soon. I have a friend who just bought a special citrus tree that has lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit all grafted into one! All the benefits and perhaps only one pot to lug around. :)
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    • says

      I bought a multiple grafted tree for my cherries a few years back and it has grown beautifully. This year I will be getting my first taste of those cherries. Can’t wait to taste them! A couple more weeks and I will be having a fresh cherry pie! Yum!!!

    • says

      Thanks, Joy. I like to substitute different whole grain flours whenever I can and raw sugar adds a whole different texture to the cookie. It fools me into thinking I am doing something good when I eat that 3rd cookie :) Blessings, Shari

    • says

      Thank you Tamara for taking a moment to visit and leave a comment. Meyer lemon trees bloom all year long, so even when my lemons are a little skimpy I still have the advantage of those fragrant blossoms!

    • says

      It was my pleasure Karren. I always enjoy spending time at your blog site. It is beautiful, warm and welcoming. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings…Shari

  5. says


    You cookies look beautiful. I truly love anything lemon or orange. My father grew up in Florida and I grew up in South Alabama. He talked about playing and working in the orange groves all the time. He passed away over 20 years ago. I have always wanted an orange tree. My husband says they would die in Arkansas. I never thought about lamps. I would love to see a picture of your trees with flowers and or fruit on it.

    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Diane Roark

    • says

      I was thinking of taking a few pictures last night, but the lighting was questionable at best. That’s the problem with me and my last minute posts, need to work on my organizational skills. Hopefully, it’s not too late too teach this old dog a few new tricks :0

    • says

      It is quite the project! It’s ridiculous how much I love those trees. They are a waving flag to remind me that nothing is impossible. Thanks Janine for stopping in. I appreciate you!


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