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My Grandmother's Blueberry Cookie Recipe

Updated on September 10, 2014

Blueberry Cookies Straight from My Grandmother Gladys's Kitchen to You!

I will NEVER forget the smell of fresh blueberries being washed and placed ever so carefully into a mixture of dough, flour, and sugar on a Sunday morning when I was a little girl. My grandmother Gladys use to make the most deliciously-sweet blueberry cookies I have ever tasted and she did so routinely once a week after church.

Each Sunday, her and a few of her church friends would get together and make all sorts of cookies, cakes, and pies to take to the "shut-ins" (as they were called) who were unable to leave their homes due to physical ailments. My grandmother's Sunday specialty were her blueberry cookies that she amusingly called "blu-coos".

Just the thought of being able to taste one of her homemade blu-coos cookies makes my mouth water with excitement!

Lucky for me, I was handed her tasty blueberry cookie recipe and now I'm going to share it with you!

My best suggestion is to prepare this cookie recipe as written so that you too can enjoy the flavor of these amazing blueberry cookies just as my grandmother Gladys would've liked. However, if you like other types of berries or flavoring in your cookies, you can create your own special dessert recipe. Just be sure to share it with others! Enjoy!

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My Sweet Grandmother Gladys

Here's a little background history on the wonderful women who created this delicious blueberry cookie recipe

My grandmother Gladys was a petite, soft spoken Swedish women who always wore her dark, salt & pepper shag up on one side with a silver barrette (her younger years...furtherest on the right with 2 stripes down her dress). She loved to bake and did so not for her own benefit, but because she enjoyed making people happy. In fact, my grandmother Gladys didn't even have a sweet tooth. She baked because other's loved her desserts and she gained such pride by pleasing people, especially those she loved...like me!

My grandmother Gladys knew I loved her blueberry cookies and she loved baking them for me. On Sundays when she and her church friends got together to bake for the "shut-ins", she'd always save a dozen blu-coos for me. She was a very giving woman...hugely involved in our church and always helping those in need. She loved people. She loved ALL people. Which is one of the biggest reasons I respected and cherished my grandmother. She never looked down on people or turned her nose at them. She never spoke badly about anyone or was rude to people she'd meet. Her heart was gold. She was the most loving woman I have ever known.

My grandmother's hugs were like cinnamon candy...warm, comforting, and sweet. Never did a day go by that I wouldn't get a loving embrace from her. If the day was ending soon, she'd call across the street (where I was lucky enough to live with my father) and say, in her sweet Swedish accent, "my little Lori...you did not come get a hug today". I'd run there in seconds to see her. Usually she'd try to feed me some sort of treat she had made regardless of whether or not I had a big meal or other treats. I'd always take it with a smile...even if I was gut wrenchingly full. I loved my grandmother and accepted all the love she gave me back.

My grandmother Gladys passed away when I was only 12 years old, but her memory will last forever in my mind as the most amazing woman who loved without expecting anything in return. Even though her ascend to heaven was over 25 years ago, I can still remember the sweet scent of sugar that exuded from her hair and apron. She will forever live in my memories and lucky for me...she lives constantly through the blueberry cookie recipe I am now able to share with my children...and hopefully my grandchildren.

Fresh Blueberries for Your Blueberry Cookies

My grandmother use to pick her own blueberries for her blu-coos cookies, but it was convenient for her since she had wild blueberry fields not more than 100 yards behind her house. Many of us aren't able to have that. While you can purchase blueberries from the store, either in a can or frozen, blueberry cookies are far tastier if you use fresh berries. You can easily purchase these blueberries online from Amazon and they come rather quickly to your front door.

Fresh Blueberries vs. Frozen Blueberries

When baking my grandmother's favorite blueberry cookies, I always use fresh blueberries. In fact, I've never even considered using frozen blueberries as I prefer the taste of fresh to frozen and always want to prepare my grandmother's recipe just as she did. However...that being said...I have been told that it is just plain easier to use frozen berries in dessert recipes and far cheaper. I've also been told that the juice that comes from using frozen berries for dessert baking makes quite a yummy treat. So, I'd love to hear some thoughts on this.

These delicious homemade blueberry cookies are easy to make and ever so tasty! They take approximately 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish and were always a big hit in my household. My son and daughter ask for them constantly so I'm a bit of a pro at making them. I certainly hope you enjoy them as well.

I'm sure my grandmother Gladys is smiling down from heaven knowing that I'm sharing her blueberry cookie recipe with others.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter - softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour - sifted
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries - stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. 2. Cream and blend the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract.
  3. 3. Gradually add sifted flour and alternate with milk, adding a little of each at a time.
  4. 4. Carefully fold in fresh blueberries and blend well.
  5. 5. Spoon drop the batter a little over 1 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet, pastry mat, or silicone baking mat.
  6. 5. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes, lightly poke batter with a toothpick and be sure that the toothpick comes out clean.
  7. 6. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.
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