Wild Blackberry Cookies to kick off The Great British Bakeoff!

Good day to you! I have been waiting for The Great British Bakeoff to start for weeks now. This show is everything! I love all the new recipe ideas and always look forward to all the different breads they make. I always learn something new! They’re starting off with cake week, but I decided to try a simple drop cookie recipe using, you guessed it, more of those lovely wild blackberries I’ve been picking all over Bristol. Here is what you’ll need:


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of blackberries

In my rush to finish these cookies before the start of bake off, I forgot to take some photos, but remembered just as I was adding the blackberries. So imagine, if you will. But first, preheat your oven to 350 C / 180 F and line a baking pan with paper or foil.

First, you’ll want to soften the butter. It helps to leave it out for half an hour or so, but if not, just cut it up and work it with a spoon or your hands.  Then add the sugar and cream it together until smooth. Beat the egg, and combine with the butter and sugar.  Once thoroughly combined, add in the vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice.  Finally, add the flour, salt, and baking powder and work into the moist mixture.

cookie2Once almost combined, add in the blackberries and mix in well.  Its ok to smash the blackberries as you’re mixing them in as this will distribute more moisture within the cookie dough and will add some nice purple swirls.

cookie3This cookie dough will be a bit firm, somewhat similar to a shortbread dough. Using a spoon, scoop out one ball at a time and place on a lined baking pan.

cookie4Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Again, the baking time will depend on how your oven distributes heat. I put the first batch in for 12 minutes, but decided on the rest that 13 minutes was best for me.

cookie5And here is the final product! Lovely, soft, sweet, wild blackberry cookies. By creaming the butter, and adding the ingredients in one at a time, this makes for a smooth dough. And a smooth dough in this case, makes for a melt in your mouth summery treat. This was a perfect delight to enjoy in the kickoff to The Great British Bakeoff! I love trying out new recipes and seeing how many different things I can bake using one key ingredient.  Kind of like what I’m doing with blackberries lately. So hopefully, I’ll get some creative ideas from the latest series in this awesome baking show. If you have some extra time this summer, or even if you don’t, try baking something just for fun. Enjoy the show if you happen to be watching it this year, thanks for reading, and Happy Eating!


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