Lemon Blackberry Cake Cookies | And That Time I Bought Too Much Fruit

Do you ever walk into a store (like Target) to grab one quick necessity (like cat food) and suddenly you are overwhelmed by the sudden urge to buy everything?  Yeah, me either.  But something along those lines happened and the end result was these Lemon Blackberry Cake Cookies.

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I’ll get to how this evolved, but I know you know what I am talking about. It’s that inner voice that says “I want ALL of the things.  This cuteness must all be mine.”  

And then that little naughty voice on one shoulder saying “But of course you should have all of the things! Your kitchen would never be complete without those adorable dish towels.  Oh, and servants.”  

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Anyway, I can generally resist this urge mainly because my children need practical things.  Like toothpaste and shoes. But something like that happened in the produce department last week. Maybe I was overtaken with the arrival of Summer and the sunny days ahead.  

Maybe I had been brainwashed by looking at all of the gorgeous pictures of fruit infused water on Pinterest.

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I cannot say, but I wanted all of the fruit.  The raspberries, the blueberries, the blackberries… grapes and kiwis.  The citrus.  Yes, it was all coming home with me.  

Never mind that my schedule, paired with the children being away for most of the week with the Grandparents, meant that I would probably not be able to use it all in time.  This was no time to be logical and I needed it.

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Fast forward to a week later.  The blueberries had thankfully been infused into some delicious iced tea and I mentioned the raspberries to my Husband and he said “Those had to be thrown away, hon.  They were um… fuzzy”.  

Nooooo!  Is there anything more frustrating than throwing away food??  I immediately saw the error of my “over fruit buying” ways and tentatively asked about the blackberries.  Thankfully they were still ok but I knew the clock was ticking.  

I had to think and I had to think fast.

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Fortunately over the weekend I saw a yummy recipe for cake cookies by my sweet friend Gloria and I thought I could maybe use this idea to make lemon blackberry cookies. I had no clue if this would work since it involved fresh (sort of) fruit.

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I am happy to report that they turned out to be delicious (and they were so easy and quick that my raspberry guilt has reached a new level).  

Lemon Blackberry Cookies at ALittleClaireification.com #recipe

The recipe is below and I hope you enjoy them!  Oh and also, another option would be to use lemon cake mix instead of yellow but I didn’t have any.  

And I didn’t dare venture out to Target to get some.  

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Lemon Blackberry Cake Cookies
Yields 24
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  2. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  5. 3 oz blackberries (approx 24 berries)
  6. Sugar for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Have an ungreased cookie sheet ready to go.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, melted butter, egg and lemon extract and mix until combined.
  4. Using your hands, roll out golf ball sized rounds of the cake batter mixture.
  5. Use your thumb to press an indent in the center of each ball.
  6. Press one blackberry into each cookie and place 1" apart on the cookie sheet.
  7. Sprinkle all with a little sugar.
  8. Bake for 9 minutes.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to continue baking on the cookie sheet for another 5-6 minutes.
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  1. says

    Claire, you are absolutely hilarious, and always making me laugh! This was me last week with fruit… at Costco! Yup, tons of it here in my house. I even ran out of freezer room to freeze them.
    This recipe is really pretty, delicious looking.. and decadent!
    Thank you for the link love, my friend! xo

  2. says

    I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one that does this!! I’m terrible at a farmer’s market…thinking all the veggies will make me extremely healthy and the fruits will suffice for any sugary treat. Nope, never works and yet I continue to do it! :)

    Thanks for sharing ~ these cookies look delish!

  3. says

    These look so delicious! I do hate it when I get hit by the “gotta have it” bug (Hubby hates it too), but you’re right, everything looks so good, and nothing can be left behind! I love your blog & I would love it if you would bring this recipe (or any of your other delicious recipes) to The Yuck Stops Here link party this week. It starts tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 8pm ET.

  4. says

    Hahaha, happens quite often when I go to Target, especially if I go to the home decorating section. 😉

    These cookies look great. Although, I’m not sure I’d dig the blackberries. I love blackberries but I hate the pesky seeds! But I’m sure I’d find a way to enjoy them, cause what a totally great cookie, Claire! :)

    • Claire says

      Target = evil.
      You know I only got like one seed in the few I ate. Er, I mean “tested”. 😉 The sacrifices we make. lol

  5. says

    Claire, you know I’m going to be all over anything lemon! Of course, I love blackberries and these cookies look so delicious and a perfect summer treat! Pinning! xo

  6. says

    I would be sick, if my raspberries got fuzzy. But I have done the same thing. Oh gosh that looks yummy. Oh I will make that. Oh wow look that is on sale. I am afraid to look at an eggplant I bought. I hope its fine. I have never put a berry on a cookie. Awesome. The black of the berry with the yellow of the cookie is so inviting!

  7. says

    I can resist a lot of thingas but when I go to the market and all the summer fruit is there, I am unstoppable. I always use it all too, whether I just have to eat that last peach or bake with some blueberries. These cookies were a great idea.

    • Claire says

      Thanks Laura! And kudos to you for using it all – I clearly did not plan well. So glad you stopped by!

  8. says

    Yes, every.damn.time. It’s so hard to resist, but I’m glad you did because these look and sound amazing, Claire. I love the lemon and blackberry combo. In fact, I’m pretty sure anything goes with blackberries.

    Darn, now I’m craving blackberries, and of course, these cookies. *licks screen*

  9. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I love how easy these are, Claire. I’ve been buying tons of fresh fruit for weeks – Ill have to try these! :) Might sub raspberries though (they’re on sale this week!)

    • Claire says

      Now you’re just trying to add to my raspberry guilt… LOL
      They would be delicious with raspberries!!

  10. says

    Totally know about buying too much fruit. Yesterday after getting home from grocery store, we had blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, apricots, lemons, limes, oranges and probably something else in the fridge. This doesn’t include the veggies (got our CSA box on Tuesday). And there are only two of us! At this point, cantaloupe and raspberries are gone, and although was planning to use the blackberries for chicken with blackberry sauce, these cookies look pretty tempting… Thanks for the inspiration. Found you as a result of your lovely weekend party. Thanks for hosting.

    • Claire says

      Wow, Julie. You might have exceeded my massive fruit undertaking. But… at least you used your raspberries. ::sighs::
      So glad you stopped by and blackberry sauce sounds amazing!


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