It occurred to me recently that for all the baking that’s traditionally done with blueberries, you hardly hear of blueberry cookies. In fact, I had never heard of blueberry cookies. It seemed silly, considering they are the most popular muffin addition of all time. Turns out a crispy-edged, chewy-middled oatmeal cookie is reminiscent of a dense muffin top – the perfect vehicle for the fresh blueberries that are in season right now. Even better: two of them sandwiched with vanilla ice cream or sorbet – raspberry or lemon – or a cream cheese frosting schmear.
To make ice cream sandwiches, cool cookies completely and soften ice cream until it’s almost spreadable; place a scoop on the underside of one cookie, and sandwich with another. If you’re making lots, place them on a baking sheet and put them back in the freezer to firm up. If you’re making them in advance or just doing a few, serve them immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap, then store in the freezer until serving time.
Of course the cookies are just fine as is, served with a glass of cold milk.
Chewy Oatmeal-Blueberry Cookies
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup (or so) fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl beat the butter, oil and brown sugar until creamy; beat in the egg and vanilla.
Add the flour, oats, baking soda and salt and stir until almost combined; add the blueberries and stir just until blended. Drop large blobs on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, until set around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Makes 1 1/2-2 dozen cookies.