Forget dried cranberries, flax seed and even bacon. There is a new trend in cookies popping up all over: blueberries!
Both fresh blueberries and dried ones have been making the rounds on blogs and cooking sites, dotting all sorts of delicious cookie recipes.
Here’s the skinny on making your own.
Fresh vs. Dried
So, what kind of blueberries should you use? Fresh (which could also include frozen) or dried? I think it’s debatable. The fresh blueberries add incredible flavor and a pop of juiciness to the cookies … but they are best eaten on the day they are made since that juiciness can make them mushy.
Dried blueberries are tasty too, and they stand up to storage. But it’s not the same pop of fresh flavor. They both have their merits, but typically I opt for dried. I like the freedom to make the cookies ahead of time and store for later.
However, in this easy Blueberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
recipe, I did use fresh berries … and the batch of cookies was polished off by day’s end. With raves.
Blueberries and Chocolate
Blueberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven, if you ask me, and these super easy Blueberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
are the best! They start with an easy mix, so half your work is already done, and with a quick drop-in of berries ... that's it!
If you love white chocolate, try my from-scratch Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies
recipe.Whichever way you go, the sweet chocolate and tart berries complement each other well.
When you add berries to a cookie, it will add a little extra time to the cooking time. Plan for batches to go for about two minutes longer.
Bake with More Blueberries
Take advantage of this fresh flavor while summer's here! Try a few of these blueberry recipes too:
It's farmer's market time, and those flats of fresh berries are overflowing. Check out our collection of recipes for desserts wtih berries
!Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
What recipe do you add blueberries to in the summertime? Tell us below!