Watermelon Sorbet

Try this 3 ingredient watermelon sorbet recipe, a refreshingly icy summer dessert! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy…

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Try this 3 ingredient watermelon sorbet recipe, a refreshingly icy summer dessert! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy fruit flavor.

Watermelon sorbet

Are you a sorbet fan? Then you absolutely must try summer’s best dessert: Watermelon Sorbet! I’ll admit, we’re chocoholics over here. But this sorbet is definitely up there when it comes to summer treats! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy fruit flavor, with a smooth, frosty texture. When we made it for our 4 year old, he said, “I could eat this every day.” Even better: it’s incredibly simple to blend up!

What you need for watermelon sorbet

Skip the store-bought stuff, because watermelon sorbet is so simple to make at home! All you need are 3 ingredients. In fact, it seems impossibly simple. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to assemble:

  • Ripe watermelon
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar

Why is the sugar needed? Well, when you freeze anything, it dulls the flavors. You’ll want to add just enough sugar so that the flavor pops when it’s frosty. We found this recipe sweetened it just enough to complement the fruit, but not so much that it’s intensely sweet.

Watermelon sorbet

Necessary equipment: an ice cream maker!

An ice cream maker is the best tool for the job with sorbet! While you can make no churn sorbets, the absolute best texture is with an actual ice cream maker. (Trust us!) It’s a great investment, as you’ll be able to make sorbets and ice creams all season long.

Here’s the 2 quart ice cream maker we use. It’s a great gift idea, too! Use it as a housewarming present or a fun surprise for ice cream lovers. We’ve had ours for years and it holds up well!

The churning process: eat right away, or freeze 1 hour

Once you blend up your watermelon, lime, and sugar, you’re ready to churn! It takes about 20 to 25 minutes for the watermelon sorbet mixture to freeze. Here are a few notes about the process:

  • Eat right away for a soft-serve style texture. Our favorite way to eat it is right out of the ice cream maker! If you’re making it for guests, churn it up while you’re finishing your meal.
  • Or, freeze for about 1 hour for a scoop-able texture. You can also pop it in the freezer and freeze 1 hour. Then it forms into scoops like you see in the photo.
Watermelon sorbet recipe

Make ahead & storage info for watermelon sorbet

Here’s the golden rule when it comes to watermelon sorbet: homemade sorbet is best the day it is made. Why? Freezing homemade sorbet overnight freezes it into a solid block. So it’s best to eat when it’s freshest! You can eat leftovers the next day if you like: we’ve found a few tricks!

  • Make it up to 2 hours in advance. It will start to freeze to the edges of the container, so give it a good stir before serving.
  • Leftovers save 1 day, but defrost 20 minutes. Blend if desired! Leave out the container on the counter until it defrosts a bit. To revive the texture, you can also give it a few pulses in a blender or food processor. This helps it to come closer to the texture after churning.

More great watermelon recipes

When it’s summer, we’re watermelon obsessed! There are so many great ways to serve this tasty melon outside of a summer dessert. Here are some favorites:

This watermelon sorbet recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Watermelon sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet (3 Ingredients)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 quart (4 cups)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Try this 3 ingredient watermelon sorbet recipe, a refreshingly icy summer dessert! Each bite is an explosion of pure juicy fruit flavor.


Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Chop the watermelon. Place in a blender and blend until a smooth juice forms, then add ice and blend again.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze for 20 to 25 minutes. The texture will be icy and creamy at this point. If desired, place in a container and freeze for 1 hour for a harder texture that forms into scoops. You can freeze up to 2 hours day of (stir before serving). Freezing overnight makes a very icy texture. If you have leftovers the next day, allow them to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. To improve the texture, you can pulse in a blender or food processor if desired.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Sorbet

Keywords: Watermelon sorbet

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30+ Best Cookie Recipes

Great cookie recipes are like gold. Here’s a list of 30+ fantastic ones to try!

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Included here are classic cookie recipes like chocolate chip cookiesshortbreadskillet cookies, and snickerdoodles. Also, check out the crowd-pleasing wildcards here, like Nikki’s Healthy Cookies (really!), No Bake Energy Bites, and Limoncello Macaroons.

  1. Simple Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

    This is the recipe I use anytime I want perfect sugar cookies. Great flavor, and the dough is a dream to work with. Simple Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

  2. Rosewater Shortbread Cookies

    Classic, buttery, whole wheat shortbread cookies fragrant with rosewater, flecked with toasted nuts, and dried rose petals. Peanut Butter Cookies

  3. Triple Ginger Cookies

    A special triple ginger cookie made with three kinds of ginger and a hint of lemon zest. Cracked and sugar-crusted on the outside, dense and moist within. Triple Ginger Cookies

  4. Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles

    Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles with a slight buckle in the middle, kiss of saffron, and thin golden crust with a fudge-textured center, from Blue Bottle Coffee. Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles

  5. Toasted Almond Sable Cookies

    Toasty, nutty sable cookies made with whole wheat flour, sliced almonds, currents and salted butter. Toasted Almond Sable Cookies

  6. Swedish Rye Cookies

    Powder-kissed and pretty, these Swedish Rye cookies are perfect for holiday cookie enthusiasts who are after a not-too-sweet, shortbread-style butter cookie. Swedish Rye Cookies

  7. Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The perfect bite-sized chocolate chip cookie. Tiny, thin, golden, crisp, a bit nutty with plenty of shaved chocolate. Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  8. Chocolate Puddle Cookies

    A crackle-edged puddle of chocolate with a texture that made me think of the collision between a soft meringue and a fudgy brownie. Chocolate Puddle Cookies

  9. Middle Eastern Millionaire’s Shortbread

    This is the shortbread from Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s Sweet, and it’s incredible. Middle Eastern Millionaire’s Shortbread

  10. Chocolate Dipped Biscotti

    Sesame studded and heavily scented with crushed fennel seeds and chamomile. Chocolate Dipped Biscotti

  11. Healthful Double Chocolate Cookies

    A nut-free (school-friendly), double chocolate version of one of the most popular cookies on my site. Made with a banana-batter, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chunks, and oats.
    Healthful Double Chocolate Cookies

  12. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

    Made using 100% whole wheat flour and hand-chopped chocolate chips, this is a skillet-baked twist on chocolate chip cookies. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

  13. 4 o’clock No-bake Energy Bites

    My favorite alternative to energy bars – these are a favorite late afternoon snack. 4 o’clock No-bake Energy Bites

  14. Anzac Cookies

    Anzacs are made from oats, coconut, and flour coming together in a butter-kissed dough. Anzac Cookies

  15. Limoncello Macaroons

    A limoncello macaroon recipe that are golden-crusted, powder-coated, almond-citrus gems spiked with limoncello liqueur. Limoncello Macaroons

  16. Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies

    One of the easiest cookies I know how to make – made from rolled oats, they’re razor thin and lacy, golden, freckled with poppy seeds, with and anise accent from crushed fennel seeds.
    Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies

  17. Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies

    Snappy, small, fragrant, vanilla wafer cookies made with a whole vanilla pod. Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies

  18. Gingerbread Cookies

    Everything you want in a gingerbread cookie. These are classic, spice-flecked, and delicious. Gingerbread Cookies

  19. Quinoa Hemp Snack Balls

    A quick way to get quinoa, hemp seeds, chia, and coconut into one naturally sweetened, no-bake snack. Quinoa Hemp Snack Balls

  20. Biscotti al Pistacchio

    Charming little bite-sized, powder-coated pistachio biscotti cookies. Biscotti al Pistacchio

  21. Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    These are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever of all time.
    Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  22. Quinoa Cloud Cookies

    Cookies made from toasted quinoa and wheat flours, flecked with chocolate shavings, rolled and stamped into cloud shapes. Quinoa Cloud Cookies

  23. Marathon Cookies

    The batter is made with pureed white beans, lots of oats, and whole wheat flour. The resulting cookies are sesame coated and flavored with aniseed, lemon zest, olive oil and chopped dates.
    Marathon Cookies

  24. Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies

    Tiny, bite-sized holiday cookies made with two kinds of ginger and lots of shaved chocolate. Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies

  25. Nikki’s Healthy Cookies

    A remarkable healthy cookie recipe. And SO popular! Banana-batter, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chunks, and oats. Nikki’s Healthy Cookies

  26. Nut and Seed Biscotti

    Thin, biscotti-style crackers densely pebbled with all manner of nuts and seeds – green pistachios, rust-toned hazelnuts, and off-black poppy seeds. Nut and Seed Biscotti

  27. Madeleines

    Perfect, golden, scalloped madeleines. From a favorite recipe shared with me by a friend and long-time Madeleine baker. Madeleines

  28. Great Chocolate Chip Cookies from David Lebovitz

    If you like a serious chocolate chip cookie, this is the recipe. A high chip to dough ratio guarantees lots of chocolate in every bite, and the walnuts add crunch, density, and a delicious flavor to the overall mix.
    Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

  29. Super Swiss Meringues

    Beautiful, billowy Swiss meringue, punctuate with a range of nuts, seeds, and spices.Super Swiss Meringues

  30. Blueberry Rye Cookies

    I’m going to include the recipe for these below. It is hands-down my absolute favorite cookie recipe right now. I included a raspberry version of it in my last book, Super Natural Simple. Made with 100% rye flour and lots of freeze-dried blueberries.
    Favorite Rye Blueberry Cookies

    Cookies are often a favorite punctuation to everyday moments, or the best kind of homemade gift for a friend. Everyone can (and should) bake delicious cookies on occasion! Have fun!

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Funfetti Mug Cake

This super cute Funfetti Mug Cake is the perfect single-serving dessert for when you need something sweet and fast! It only takes five minutes and seven simple pantry staple ingredients!

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If you’re a fan of single serving desserts like I am, I think you’re going to love this cute little Funfetti Mug Cake. In classic mug cake fashion, this perfectly sized dessert takes only a few minutes to mix together and about 60 seconds to cook. It’s the perfect quick fix for those times when you want just a little something sweet. Plus it’s just cute and cute food makes me smile.

A funfetti mug cake topped with whipped cream, sprinkles spilled in the back

What is Funfetti, Anyway?

Funfetti cake is basically just vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles. The sprinkles kind of look like confetti, and so it is sometimes called “confetti cake,” but somewhere along the line someone coined the term funfetti (fun + confetti) because, let’s just face it, sprinkles are FUN. And I guess that name stuck! Now you can find “funfetti” everything, from frosting to cake mixes, cookies, and more.

Frosting Options

The recipe below is just for the cake part of the funfetti mug cake. There are a lot of options for the topping, so I wanted to leave that part up to you.

Whipped Cream – It’s really difficult to make just a couple of tablespoons of frosting at once, so I found whipped cream to be the most reasonable option for topping this mug cake. You will want to let the cake cool a bit before adding whipped cream, or else the whipped cream will melt.

Buttercream – You can kind of create a make-shift buttercream frosting by mixing 2 Tbsp room temperature butter, ¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp milk, and ⅛ tsp vanilla. You’ll want to use a fork to vigorously “whip” the ingredients together until they get sort of aerated. Since it’s such a small amount, it’s tricky and doesn’t turn out quite as well as a normal-sized batch of frosting where you’d use a mixer to whip air into the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting – Similar to the buttercream frosting above, you can mix together 1 oz. room temperature cream cheese, 1 Tbsp room temperature butter, 1 tsp milk, ⅓ cup powdered sugar, and ⅛ tsp vanilla. Again, you’ll want to try to “whip” it as best you can with a fork until slightly aerated.

Ice Cream – OR you could just go all out and top your mug cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Honestly, that actually sounds like the best choice. ;)

Can I Make This Funfetti Mug Cake Vegan?

Yes, this mug cake should be pretty easy to make vegan. You can use any type of dairy milk alternative in place of the whole milk listed in the recipe, and simply substitute a store-bought vegan butter in place of the dairy butter. It’s also a good idea to check the ingredients on your sprinkles just to make sure those are vegan as well.

What Size Mug to Use

I’m used a small 8oz. mug for my funfetti mug cake and it completely filled the mug and even domed out over the top. I would suggest using a mug anywhere in the 8-12oz. size range for this mug cake.

a spoon lifting a bite of the funfetti mug cake out of the mug
a spoon lifting a bite of the funfetti mug cake out of the mug

Funfetti Mug Cake

This super cute Funfetti Mug Cake is the perfect single-serving dessert for when you need something sweet and fast!
Total Cost $0.41 each
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 313kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.03
  • 1 Tbsp sugar $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder $0.02
  • 1 tsp rainbow sprinkles $0.10
  • 3 Tbsp milk $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp butter (melted) $0.09
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract $0.07

Instructions

  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and sprinkles to a microwave safe mug (8oz. or larger). Stir until everything is well combined.
  • Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract to the mug. Stir until a soft batter forms, making sure to scrape all the flour out of the corners of the mug.
  • Microwave the mug cake for about 60 seconds, or until it has puffed to about 2-3 times the volume. Cook time will vary with the wattage of your microwave (I used a 1000 watt microwave and 60-70 seconds was perfect).
  • Allow the mug cake to cool for a few minutes and then top with your preferred frosting option, or enjoy unfrosted.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mug cake | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g
Overhead view of an unfrosted funfetti mug cake with a spoon on the side and sprinkles in the background

How to Make A Funfetti Mug Cake – Step by Step Photos

mug cake dry ingredients in the mug

First, combine the dry ingredients. Add ¼ cup all-purpose flour, 1 Tbsp sugar, ½ tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp rainbow sprinkles to a mug (8oz. or larger). Stir until everything is really well combined.

Wet ingredients added to the mug

Next, add 3 Tbsp milk, 1 Tbsp melted butter, and ¼ tsp vanilla extract.

uncooked funfetti mug cake batter in the mug

Stir everything together until it forms a soft batter. Make sure to scrape all the dry flour out of the bottom corners of the mug.

Cooked funfetti mug cake

Microwave the mug cake for about 60 seconds, depending on your microwave wattage (I’m using a 1000 watt microwave). The mug cake should puff up to about 2-3 times the volume of the uncooked batter.

A funfetti mug cake topped with whip cream, a scoop taken out of the side

Either eat the mug cake as-is or let it cool a few minutes then top with your favorite icing. Whipped cream is an easy option, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top would also be sublime. I’ve also listed a couple of options for making small-batch frosting in the blog post above the recipe.

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

This strawberry pie recipe has incredible flavor: an elevated take on the classic! Serve it to impress and everyone will…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

This strawberry pie recipe has incredible flavor: an elevated take on the classic! Serve it to impress and everyone will ask for the recipe.

Strawberry pie

Usually we’re all about healthy everyday recipes. But sometimes, you need stunning dessert to impress everyone. Introducing…the best-ever fresh Strawberry Pie! It highlights the best ripe berry flavor, perfectly sweet tart with a delicious hint of cinnamon. The flavor is almost beyond words. Our neighbors promptly declared it was “the best pie I’ve ever had.” Don’t believe us? Well, you’ve got to test for yourself!

Why to make this strawberry pie

This strawberry pie is one of the favorite desserts to come out of our kitchen. To make sure we weren’t exaggerating, we had a few Instagram readers test the recipe for us. Here’s what a few recipe testers said:

  • “Oh my gosh this is delicious! I made it for a summer BBQ with my in-laws, and everyone raved!” -Erin
  • “Everyone in my family loved the filling! The cinnamon made the pie feel a little more elevated than your typical strawberry pie. Everyone also enjoyed how “real” it tasted. It didn’t have the artificial strawberry flavor.” -Elizabeth
Strawberry pie recipe

Use homemade or storebought pie crust

You can use your favorite pie crust recipe for this strawberry pie. It’s best with homemade pie crust, but easiest with homemade. Here’s what to know about the options:

  • Homemade pie crust: This Quiche Crust is our favorite, but you can use your family favorite recipe if you prefer.
  • Store-bought pastry crust: This is a great shortcut! If you use it, keep in mind the timing for the blind baking may vary.
Strawberry pie

Tips for blind baking the crust

This strawberry pie highlights the best juicy flavor of fresh strawberries. In fact, the filling itself is completely no bake. But this recipe uses a standard pie crust, not a graham cracker crust. So you’ll need to first bake the pie crust using a technique called blind baking. Here’s the general overview of this process:

  • Freeze the crust 30 minutes. Why? This helps the crust to hold its shape while blind baking. (This freezer method shortcuts refrigerating for a few hours. You’re welcome!)
  • Prick holes with a fork all over the crust. This is called docking the crust: it makes it puff up less while in the oven.
  • Add parchment paper then pie weights, dried beans, or rice! Pour them right into the crust! Then bake it for 15 minutes. Here are the pie weights we use.
  • Remove the pie weights and bake until golden brown. Once the crust bakes 15 minutes, remove the weights and bake another 15 minutes.

Then, you’ll just need to cool the crust before you fill it. One trick we use: we like to slide the crust into a separate pie pan that’s already cool. It speeds up the process for cooling and you can go right to the filling step.

Keys to the strawberry pie filling

How did we make this pie taste so “real” and avoid the artificial flavors? Well, here are our secrets to the strawberry pie filling:

  • The filling has no strawberry jello or gelatin. There’s nothing artificially flavored here, and no gelatin or jello.
  • The tricks? Smashed strawberries and a bit of cornstarch make the very thick sauce. It’s flavored with both honey and sugar, to bring in a delicious nuance in flavor from the natural sweetener.
  • Cinnamon takes it home. The hint of cinnamon in this strawberry pie sends it to over-the-top goodness.
Strawberry pie

Cool for 2 hours until it sets

The filling for this strawberry pie will set after 2 hours in the refrigerator. The key to setting the pie is that the cornstarch mixture makes an extremely thick sauce. After refrigeration, it will set and become even more solidified. No Jello needed!

When you’re ready to serve, topping it with homemade whipped cream makes it pretty darn special! Here’s our best homemade recipe: you’ll never go back to store-bought.

Storage info for strawberry pie

This strawberry pie is great the day it’s made, but it also stores well. Store this pie for up to 3 days refrigerated, and it holds its flavor well. We were surprised at how well it holds up! It’s perfect for serving at summer barbecues, picnics, potlucks, or as a 4th of July dessert.

Strawberry pie recipe

Variations: make it vegan and gluten-free

This strawberry pie is easily made vegan, and there’s a simple swap for gluten-free too. Here’s what to do:

  • Vegan strawberry pie: Swap maple syrup for honey in the filling, and use this Vegan Pie Crust. Top with Vegan Whipped Cream.
  • Gluten free strawberry pie: Use your favorite gluten-free pie crust recipe (try this one from King Arthur).

More great strawberry recipes

Summer is all about ripe summer berries! Here are a few great strawberry recipes to make this time of year:

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Strawberry pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This strawberry pie recipe has incredible flavor: an elevated take on the classic! Serve it to impress and everyone will ask for the recipe.


Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust*: Homemade Pie Crust, purchased pastry crust, or Vegan Pie Crust
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • ⅓ cup honey (or agave syrup or maple syrup for vegan)
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • ¼ cup cornstarch**
  • ¼ cup water
  • Homemade whipped cream, to serve

Instructions

  1. Make the crust: Follow the directions in the Homemade Quiche Crust recipe to make the dough and shape it into a 9-inch pie plate. You can do either a fork pressed edge or a fluted edge. Then freeze the crust in the pie pan for 30 minutes (this helps to avoid shrinkage; you can skip the freezing portion for a purchased pastry crust).
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Blind bake*: Remove the dough from the freezer. Crumble a sheet of parchment paper, then place it gently on top of the crust. Fill the dough with pie weights (we used two sets of these), dry beans, or dry rice. Bake for 15 minutes, then carefully remove the parchment and weights and bake an additional 14 to 15 minutes until the bottom is golden brown (note that the timing may vary if you use store-bought pastry dough). Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool completely before adding the strawberry filling. To cool it quickly, you can very gently slide it into another pie pan of the same size and place it on a cooling rack; this should cool it in about 10 to 15 minutes while you make the filling. (Or, the baked crust can be wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.)
  4. Make strawberry filling: Wash, destem and quarter the strawberries lengthwise, cutting very large berries into smaller pieces. Take 1 cup of the quartered strawberries (reserve the rest), place them in a bowl, and smash them with a fork until each one is mashed. Add the smashed berries and their juices to a large saucepan. Add the sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbling, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Then in a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with ¼ cup water and whisk until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and cook, stirring often while it bubbles, for 1 to 2 minutes until very thick and glossy. Turn off the heat. Add the remaining fresh strawberries to the pan and turn with spatula until they are fully coated with the very thick sauce. 
  6. Immediately scoop the strawberry filling into the cooled pie crust. Use clean fingers to arrange the strawberries in the top layer (you may need to flip some over to make it look nice). Allow to cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving until it sets. Serve topped with homemade whipped cream. Lasts up to 3 days refrigerated.

Notes

*Blind baking the pie crust shrinks it a bit. For a larger puffy crust, you can make 1.5 times the recipe and cut scraps to reinforce the sides. Go to How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust.

**Arrowroot may work as a substitute, but we have not tested it. Try at your own risk!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Pie

Keywords: Strawberry pie

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Lemon Blueberry Scones

Scones are my bakery treat of choice to have with coffee. Why? Because they’re not too sweet, they’re not too rich, and they’re not too heavy. Especially when they’re dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a bright and zesty lemon glaze. Homemade scones are especially great because they’re incredibly easy, super inexpensive, and they […]

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Scones are my bakery treat of choice to have with coffee. Why? Because they’re not too sweet, they’re not too rich, and they’re not too heavy. Especially when they’re dotted with juicy blueberries and topped with a bright and zesty lemon glaze. Homemade scones are especially great because they’re incredibly easy, super inexpensive, and they freeze really well, so you can keep them in the freezer to reheat one at a time when that craving hits. And of alllll the flavors of scones, these Lemon Blueberry Scones are by far my favorite!

Originally posted 8/9/2010, updated 6/12/2021.

Lemon blueberry scones on a wire cooling rack drizzled with glaze

What is a Scone, Anyway?

It’s important to note that the word “scone” can mean different things depending on where you are in the world. Classic British scones are simple, with not a lot of fat or sugar, they’re often round, and are served with clotted cream and jam. In the U.S., scones are decidedly more dessert-like with a crust of sugar on top or a drizzle of glaze, they’re served with coffee or breakfast and are often triangular in shape. But the bones are the same. It’s a deliciously tender and flakey baked good leavened with baking soda or baking powder, rather than yeast. They’re quite similar to what we call a biscuit in the U.S., although scones are usually a little more dense and less rich. 

This Lemon Blueberry Scone Recipe is for a U.S.-style scone. It’s sweet, although not as sweet as a muffin or cupcake, triangular in shape, and deliciously crumbly. It’s the perfect side for a hot cup of coffee!

If you’d like to learn more about British-style scones, try this recipe for Authentic British Scones from Curious Cuisinière. She does a great job breaking down the difference between the two types of scones.

Fresh Lemon is a Must

While I use bottled lemon juice for a lot of recipes, this is one where you definitely want to use fresh lemon. The lemon zest is where most of the lemon flavor comes from in the scones, while the juice just provides tartness to the icing. 

How to Freeze Lemon Blueberry Scones

As I mentioned in the intro, I love to keep a batch of these Lemon Blueberry Scones in the freezer. To freeze the scones, first make sure they are fully cooled to room temperature (which they should be before adding the glaze, anyway). You can either freeze them without the glaze, or glaze them and wait about 30 minutes for the glaze to dry slightly. Then just place them in a gallon-sized freezer bag and toss in the freezer. The glaze will absorb a little moisture while in the freezer, but they’re still quite tasty!

To thaw the frozen lemon blueberry scones, either let them sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or microwave for about 30 seconds straight from the freezer.

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate, one partially crumbled

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate, one partially crumbled

Lemon Blueberry Scones

Lemon Blueberry Scones are the perfect brightly flavored baked good to go with a hot cup of coffee. They're super easy and freezer-friendly!
Total Cost $3.07 recipe / $0.38 each
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 288kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon $0.60
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.19
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.02
  • 2 tsp baking powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter* $0.66
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh $0.89
  • ¼ cup milk $0.10
  • 2 large eggs $0.47
  • 1 cup powdered sugar $0.07

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Zest and juice the lemon. You'll need about 1 tsp lemon zest for the dough and 2 Tbsp lemon juice for the glaze.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir until they are very well combined.
  • Grate the butter into the flour mixture and stir until the butter is well incorporated and no large lumps remain.*
  • Add the blueberries to the flour mixture and stir to combine (no need to thaw first, if frozen).
  • Whisk together the milk and eggs, then pour it into the bowl with the flour and bluberries. Stir everything together until it forms a cohesive ball of dough, with no dry flour remaining on the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too dry to come together into a single ball of dough, add a splash more milk (1 Tbsp or so) until it comes together.
  • Press the dough out into a flat 8-inch diameter circle. Cut the circle into eight wedges. Place the cut scones on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the scones in the preheated 425ºF oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the baked scones to a wire rack to cool.
  • Allow the scones to cool completely, then combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp lemon juice until it forms a thick glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones, then enjoy!

Notes

*I like to put a stick of butter into the freezer 5-10 minutes before making my scones. This stiffens up the butter enough to make it easy to grate on a cheese grater, but not so frozen solid that grating becomes difficult.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g

Love lemon and blueberry together? Me too! Try these other great lemon blueberry desserts: Blueberry Lemon Curd Shortcakes, Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet, or Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette.

Side view of lemon blueberry scones on a wire cooling rack

How to Make Lemon Blueberry Scones From Scratch – Step By Step Photos

Scone dry ingredients in a bowlPreheat the oven to 425ºF. Zest and juice the lemon. You’ll need 1 tsp zest, and about 2 Tbsp juice. The zest will be used in the scone dough, the juice will be used later for the glaze. Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tsp lemon zest in a bowl. Stir until very well combined.

Butter added to dry ingredients

Grate 6 Tbsp cold butter into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir everything together until the butter is very well mixed into the flour and no large clumps remain.

Frozen blueberries added to the flour mixture

Stir ½ cup frozen blueberries into the flour mixture. Do not thaw the blueberries first.

Milk and eggs in a bowl with a whisk

Whisk together ¼ cup milk and 2 large eggs

Egg mixture being poured into flour mixture

Then pour the egg mixture into the bowl with the flour and blueberries.

Scone dough in the bowl

Stir everything together until it forms a stiff dough. There should be no more dry flour left on the bottom of the bowl. If it’s too dry and won’t stick together in a cohesive ball or there is a lot of flour left on the bottom of the bowl, add a small amount of milk (maybe 1 Tbsp) to bring the dough together.

Scone dough cut into wedges

Press the blueberry scone dough out into an 8″ diameter circle, then cut it into eight wedges.

Cut scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment

Place the cut scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Baked blueberry scones on the baking sheet

Bake the scones in the fully preheated 425ºF oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer the scones to a wire cooling rack to cool.

Mixed lemon glaze in a bowl, dripping off a spoon

Allow the scones to fully cool before making the glaze. Once ready, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp lemon juice until it forms a thick glaze.

Lemon glaze being drizzled over scones on the cooling rack

Drizzle the lemon glaze over the blueberry scones. If the scones are still hot or warm when you try to glaze them, the glaze will simply melt off, so make sure the scones are cool first!

Two lemon blueberry scones on a plate with a mug of coffee on the side

Serve your delicious, homemade lemon blueberry scones with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the day!

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Coconut Rum Cake

A special rum cake baked with equal parts coconut, sugar, and flour, and lots of rum. Imagine a toasted coconut macaroon in cake form and you’ve got the idea.

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My love for rum cakes runs deep. If yours does too, this is the cake for you. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this beauty is basically a toasted coconut macaroon in cake form – doused in rum. It has a strip of freeze-dried raspberries baked in, but if you prefer pineapple, that swap is also really great. Sometimes I skip the fruit all together & let the rum really take center stage. A dusting of powdered sugar before serving makes it pretty.
Super Moist Coconut Rum Cake

Fruit or No fruit? What Kind?

You can see the strip of fruit (raspberries) in the rum cake in the photos above and below here. I’ve been using freeze-dried fruit a lot in my baking lately because it has incredibly intensity, color, and none of the moisture that goes along with fresh or frozen fruit. It works particularly well in cookies, cakes, quick breads, crusts, etc. Not as great for fruity fillings, although you could use it as a boost or accent as a percentage of the overall filling.
Slice of Coconut Rum Cake on Plate

Rum Cake Add-Ins

Aside from the raspberries, the recipe below is quite straightforward, a great coconut rum cake canvas. From there you can take in in oh-so-many directions. Sometimes I add spices – a bit of Vietnamese cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg is alway welcome. Grated makrut lime is amazing if you use freeze-dried pineapple in place of the raspberries. To be honest, you can’t really go wrong adding citrus zest in general – lime, lemon, Meyer lemon, orange – or a blend. All good. Last idea – how about a Dark ‘N’ Stormy rum cake? You could add dried ginger, candied ginger, and/or grated ginger. Along with the coconut? Yes please.
Cake Sliced on Marble Counter

What Type of Rum Makes the Best Rum Cake?

Like most other recipes that call for alcohol in them, use wine (or in this case rum), choose something you drink anyway. It should taste delicious. On the rum front for this recipe there is a range of rums to choose from. I like a good-quality dark or spiced rum for this cake – the more flavor the better. 

Ingredients for Coconut Rum Cake Recipe

Transferring the Cake Batter into the Pan

I just want to call out the way I build this cake. I fill the baking pan two-thirds full with cake batter, and then sprinkle with the raspberries. After that I use a fork to poke and work the berries down into the batter just a bit. Lastly, top with the remaining batter (see below), and give the whole pan a couple good thwaps on your counter. This gives you a nice, condensed stripe of berries along the base of the finished rum cake. You could, of course, fold the raspberries into the batter along with the rest of the flour mixture, so they’re more evenly dispersed, but I like this version best.
Layering Cake Batter with Raspberries

How to Apply the Rum Syrup

This cake itself isn’t huge, but it can take on a good amount of rum. You can see my set up in the photo below. That is the cake hot out of the oven, just turned out of the pan. It is on a cooking rack arranged over a rimmed baking sheet. The rim on on the baking sheet keeps any run-away rum in the pan and off the counter. Be sure to brush the rum syrup all over the tops, sides, and inside the center of the cake.

Coconut Rum Cake Cooling After Baking on a Rack

Turning Cake into Rum Cake

There are other ways to get the rum syrup into the cake as well. You can pour half of it over the cake while it is still warm and in the pan. Turn the cake out after that and finish by topping it with the remaining rum. I like this approach in theory, and you’ll see it used in alot of other recipes, but the syrup tends to break down the crumb of the cake a bit, and you’re more likely to have trouble getting the cake out of the pan. I play it safe, and glaze after the turnout.
Rum Cake Dusted with Powdered Sugar
The finished rum cake dusted with lots of powdered sugar just before serving.

Cross-section Photo of Cake
Here’s a close-up of a cross-section of the cake…
Fork and Slice of Cake

What type of Coconut?

One last thing, you really want to get the coconut right here. The key is unsweetened, dried coconut. And it’s important that it is finely grated. I see a lot of big-flake coconut in the stores now, and I love it, but it’s not right for this cake. If you want to get that nice, moist crumb you see in the pics, get the finely grated – I usually grab the Bob’s Red Mill brand for this cake if I see it in the store.
Coconut Rum Cake in Kitchen
I hope you really enjoy this rum cake! It’s incredibly moist, tasty, and versatile. Aside from this cake I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately, both sweet and savory. I call out a few recent favorites that you might also enjoy as well. There’s this beautiful braided onion bread, this zucchini bread, cinnamon rolls forever, and this easy little bread made with rolled oats and whole wheat flours. These brownies are my absolute favorite, and everyone loves this Violet Bakery Chocolate Devils’ Food Cake. Happy baking! -h

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Heidi’s Coffee Cake

A stunner of a coffee cake with extra thick streusel topping and blueberries bursting into the tender crumb in dramatic fashion. Rustic and rye flour based.

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There are two main reasons people love this coffee cake. First, the streusel topping doesn’t skimp. There’s plenty piled on for the crumble fans. Second, it’s wonderfully rustic and full of freshly baked flavor. There are a lot of coffee cake recipes out there that are beautifully cinnamon-streaked and sweet, but I like a bit more depth and range of ingredients in my buttermilk-based batter. Rye flour, old-fashioned oats, and brown sugar are my secret weapons here.
Heidi's Coffee Cake

This is a great cake to go along with an afternoon espresso and chat with a friend. Or to take on a picnic or day in the car. It’s a stunner of a cake without being fussy. The blueberries burst and bleed into the crumb of the cake in dramatic fashion. The crumble crust plays off the tenderness of the cake nicely, so be sure to get a bit of it in every bite.
Berries for Coffee Cake

Favorite Coffee Cake Variations

Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake: This has long been a favorite variation of mine. I like to add a bit of thyme and rosemary from my herb garden. Just a hint to play off the berries and perfume the cake – barely a whisper.  Swap in whole wheat pastry flour for the rye flour. And Add 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme and 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary. Lastly and the zest of one lemon to the dry ingredients of the cake. And if you can get your hands on wild huckleberries trade those in for the blueberries

Cherry Almond Coffee Cake: It’s cherry season right now, feel free to swap out the blueberries for chopped (pitted) cherries. Use chopped almonds in place of the walnuts, and almond extract in place of vanilla extract if you have it.

Michelle in the comments used chopped mission figs in hers, a brilliant idea. Generally speaking, on the fruit front, if it’s juicy, fruity, and goes with maple I suspect it’ll be good here, so play around.
Heidi's Coffee Cake

How to Store this Cake

I like to enjoy this cake warm, or at room temperature. That said if you have leftovers after a day or so I tend to slide it right back into the pan on its parchment paper, cover, and refrigerate from there for up to 4-5 days. Bring up to room temperature before eating or pop it a hot oven to reheat for ten minutes or so.

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No Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

These no-bake pretzel peanut butter bars are a ridiculously simple homemade version of your favorite peanut butter cups!

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I’m not sure whether to hug or curse the person who invented no-bake peanut butter bars. This homemade version of a peanut butter cup is so ridiculously simple that you might never buy a packaged peanut butter cup at the store again. Especially since you can stash these in your freezer and just take one out to nibble on every now and then. IT’S JUST TOO EASY.

Front view of no bake pretzel peanut butter bars lined up in a grid

No-bake peanut butter bars have been around for eons. Well, decades at least. There are a million versions of this recipe out there, but mine have a slightly more even ratio between the chocolate and peanut butter portions, and I like to nestle a little mini-pretzel in the top for a little added crunch.

Oh, and most no-bake peanut butter bar recipes usually specify not to use natural-style peanut butter, but that’s what I use with mine and it works just fine! :)

What Kind of Nut Butter Can I Use?

I used a natural-style peanut butter made with just peanuts and salt for these peanut butter bars. If you’re allergic to peanuts you can use a different type of nut butter, like almond or cashew (although those will be quite a bit more expensive).

Just make sure you choose a nut butter that is quite firm when refrigerated and soft when room temperature. As long as it firms up when refrigerated, it will work for these bars. Oh, and make sure it has at least a little salt and is very well stirred before adding to the recipe. Too much oil and the bars won’t set.

Choose Your Chocolate

This recipe is also fairly flexible when it comes to the type of chocolate used. I used plain old semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you could have a little fun and use dark chocolate, or a different flavored chocolate chip if you’d like.

How to Store Peanut Butter Bars

You’ll want to keep these peanut butter bars refrigerated so they don’t melt. I suggest keeping them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator no longer than a week, or you can freeze them for longer storage (freezer bag, up to three months or so). To thaw, just let them sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

A hand holding one no bake peanut butter bar close to the camera so you can see the side
overhead view of no bake pretzel peanut butter bars lined up in a grid

No Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars

These no-bake pretzel peanut butter bars are a ridiculously simple homemade version of your favorite peanut butter cups!
Total Cost $3.94 recipe / $0.16 per square
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 25 1 square
Calories 187.94kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 sheets) $0.38
  • 1/2 cup butter $0.82
  • 1 cup peanut butter (+ 2 Tbsp) $1.38
  • 1 cup powdered sugar $0.07
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips $1.19
  • 25 mini pretzels $0.10

Instructions

  • If your graham crackers aren't already in crumb form, use a food processor to blitz them into a fine crumb.
  • Place the butter and 1 cup of peanut butter in a bowl. Microwave and stir in 30-second intervals, just until they're warm enough to melt together. Stir until evenly combined. (Reserve the last 2 Tbsp peanut butter for later.)
  • Add the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs to the melted peanut butter mixture and stir until evenly combined.
  • Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper making sure some of the paper overhangs on the sides so you can lift the bars out of the dish later. Press the peanut butter mixture into the bottom in an even layer.
  • Add the chocolate chips and the last 2 Tbsp peanut butter to a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue to microwave and stir in 15 second increments until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter base in the baking dish and spread it smooth. Add the mini pretzels on top in even rows (I did five rows of five across).
  • Refrigerate the peanut butter bars for two hours, or until completely set. Once set, lift the bars out of the dish using the parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut them into squares between the pretzels. Enjoy immediately, refrigerate for later, or freeze for long term storage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 187.94kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.3g | Protein: 3.82g | Fat: 12.94g | Sodium: 108.91mg | Fiber: 1.41g

Love peanut butter and chocolate? Check out my Peanut Butter Fluff Cups or “The One” Chocolate Mug Cake!

overhead view of no bake pretzel peanut butter bars lined up in a grid

How to Make Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars – Step by Step Photos

Graham crackers in a food processor

While you can actually buy graham crackers already in crumb form, it’s going to be less expensive to make crumbs out of whole crackers. You want a very fine and even crumb for this, so a food processor is probably the best option. You need 1 cup of crumbs, which should be about 8 sheets of graham crackers.

Graham cracker crumbs in a food processor

Whiz those graham crackers until they’r every fine and even.

Peanut butter and butter in a bowl

Add 1 cup peanut butter and ½ cup butter (I used salted) to a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or just long enough that they’ll melt together. Avoid heating it until it’s piping hot. That will make the later steps more difficult. Stir until the mixture is even and smooth.

Graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar added to the peanut butter

Add the graham cracker crumbs and 1 cup powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture.

Peanut butter base mixture in the bowl with a spoon

Stir until it forms an even paste-like mixture.

peanut butter base spread into a parchment lined baking dish

Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper so that some of it sticks up the sides (this will help you remove the bars from the dish later). Spread the peanut butter mixture evenly into the bottom of the dish.

Chocolate chips and peanut butter in a bowl

Add 1.5 cups chocolate chips and 2 Tbsp peanut butter to a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir will. Continue to microwave and stir in 15 second increments until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Avoid over heating the chocolate or it will begin to get grainy.

Melted chocolate being spread over the peanut butter base

Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter base and then spread it out until smooth.

Mini pretzels being pressed into the melted chocolate

Press the mini-pretzels into the melted chocolate in rows. I did five rows of five across. Make sure to leave a little space between each because that is where you’ll cut your bars.

No Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars being cut

Refrigerate the peanut butter bars for at least two hours, or until they are solid. Lift them out of the dish using the sides of the parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut them into squares between each pretzel.

peanut butter bars in a freezer bag

You can keep your peanut butter bars in the refrigerator for about a week, or freeze them for longer! They thaw pretty quickly at room temperature, so you can get that peanut butter chocolate fix whenever you’d like. ;)

front view of no bake pretzel peanut butter bars lined up in a grid

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado Chocolate Mousse is a rich and velvety chocolate mousse that will blow you away.  Dark chocolate, fresh avocado, cocoa powder, and more come together to make a healthy chocolate mousse.  You can make this mousse for a mid-day treat or even …

vegan chocolate mousse
Avocado Chocolate Mousse is a rich and velvety chocolate mousse that will blow you away.  Dark chocolate, fresh avocado, cocoa powder, and more come together to make a healthy chocolate mousse.  You can make this mousse for a mid-day treat or even an after-dinner dessert.

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Head into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these easy Vegan Blueberry Muffins. These blueberry muffins bake up light and fluffy, and every bite is studded with fresh blueberries.  Suppose you are looking for a simple breakfast to serve your …

Vegan Blueberry Muffins
Head into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these easy Vegan Blueberry Muffins. These blueberry muffins bake up light and fluffy, and every bite is studded with fresh blueberries.  Suppose you are looking for a simple breakfast to serve your family or a dessert to have on hand when you get a sweet craving.