This sweet blueberry glaze is sure to transform all of your favorite cakes, donuts, or scones! Add a pop of blueberry flavor with this easy-to-make and vibrant icing.
Why you'll love it
I have a full blown obsession with blueberries. They are just SO delicious! And gorgeous, and healthy. It's a win, win, win. I wanted to make a blueberry glaze recipe that really made blueberries the star. And I think I've nailed it.
This blueberry icing glaze is perfect for cookies, cake, scones, and donuts! It's a dark, vibrant purple with a pop of blueberry flavor. It's super simple to make too.
I cooked the blueberries first to intensify their sweet, jammy flavor, then I blended them with powdered sugar. And boom - you have a multi-purpose blueberry glaze.
Blueberries - I used frozen blueberries because they're accessible and affordable even in the winter months. They do release more liquid while they cook, so if you use fresh blueberries you may need to add a splash of water to them while they cook. You might not need as much powdered sugar either.
Lime juice - Lime juice enhances the blueberry flavor and makes it pop! Always spring for fresh limes. Fresh lime juice is worlds better than the bottled kind.
Sugar - Helps the blueberries get jammy as they cook.
Powdered sugar - To transform the blueberry mixture into a glaze!
How to make a blueberry glaze
This blueberry drizzle recipe is super simple and forgiving. Here's what you need to do:
1. Cook the blueberries
In a small saucepan, combine the frozen blueberries, sugar, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir to combine.
Cook the blueberry mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick and jammy. This takes about 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure not to let it burn.
Frozen blueberries release a lot of liquid, and as you cook them some of it evaporates. This makes them jammy with an intense blueberry flavor.
2. Make the blueberry icing
Carefully pour the blueberry mixture into a blender and blend for a few seconds. Stop the blender and add ½ cup of powdered sugar. Blend again. Repeat this process until all the powdered sugar is gone.
Adjust the consistency to your liking. The glaze will thicken as it sits. If you want it slightly thinner, you can add a teaspoon of water, lime juice, or heavy cream until it reaches the consistency you like.
3. Drizzle on baked goods
Use the glaze for all of your favorite treats. Anything that tastes good with a vanilla glaze tastes even better with a blueberry one!
Try drizzling it onto sugar cookies, scones, lemon blueberry bread, teacakes, or donuts.
- Adjust the consistency as needed. The glaze will thicken a bit as it sits. If it's too thick for what you want, add a teaspoon of water at a time to thin it out. If you want it thicker, add a tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until thickened.
- If you use fresh blueberries, you may need to adjust the recipe a bit. Frozen blueberries release a lot more liquid than fresh blueberries. You may not need as much powdered sugar with fresh blueberries.
- Store the leftover glaze in the refrigerator in a sealed jar or airtight container. It will last for up to 4 days.
- The blueberry glaze will thicken in the refrigerator. Let it come to room temperature before you try to drizzle it.
- I haven't tried freezing this glaze, but it's so quick and easy to make, it seems unnecessary.
A great way to enhance blueberry's sweet flavor is to add citrus! Lime or lemon juice brightens them up and enhances their natural sweetness. This is why lemon blueberry is such a common pairing.
Besides this delicious glaze, you can throw them on salads and yogurt. You can add them to muffins, cakes, or cupcakes. Or you can use them as a base for crisps, crumbles, and cobblers!
No, a blueberry glaze is an icing made with powdered sugar and blueberries that can be drizzled onto desserts. It then sets up and the outside hardens slightly. Blueberry sauce is much thinner and made with blueberries and regular sugar. It is used for ice cream, pancakes, or French toast.
- Measuring cups & spoons
- 1 ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- In a small saucepan, combine the frozen blueberries, lime juice, and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thicker and jammy - about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Carefully pour the blueberry mixture into a blender and blend for a few seconds, then add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, blending after each addition.
- Pour the blueberry glaze into a container and drizzle on all your favorite treats!