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Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Cheesecake Dip
We need to talk about Scattergories and Dessert Dip.
First off, Scattergories. I invited some friends over for a board game brunch to try out party food ideas with the bajillion (roughly) new Town House cracker varieties and we played Scattergories, one of my favorite games. You roll a letter and then have to come up with words that start with that letter for each prompt on your list. The prompts are things like sports teams or things you put in the refrigerator. I’m usually great at it, but have you ever rolled an I? I thought J was the hardest letter, but I gave it a run for its money. About a minute into the round, someone paused and announced, “There are no words that start with I.” Perhaps that’s a touch hyperbolic, but at that moment, I was tempted to agree.
Also, don’t think for one second that you’re the only clever cookie writing down ascot for things you wear that start with “A.” Because every single person wrote down ascot. How does that happen? How is ascot still part of our vernacular?
For state names that start with “S,” I seriously could NOT think of one. NOT ONE. Finally, with seconds to spare, I came up with South Dakota.
At this juncture, I should confess that I live in North Carolina. You know, right above SOUTH CAROLINA. I am amazing. Two other people also put South Dakota, but they were being strategic, since they thought everyone would immediately think of South Carolina. Right. That’s why I did it, too. Ahem.
The Board Game Brunch taught me how terrible I am at geography, but it also taught me about DESSERT DIPS, so I forgive it. I knew my friend Alyssa of Desseratholics Bakery was bringing over her delicious Spinach Artichoke dip, so I wanted to do something really different. I thought of a ton of savory possibilities before eyeing the bag of thawed blueberries in my fridge. Eureka!
I knew the buttery Town House Original crackers would be delicious dipped in something sweet, so I went for a lemony, cloudlike dip with blueberries mixed in. I also crumbled homemade shortbread over top. Lots of savory dips have a cheesy breadcrumb topping, so why shouldn’t dessert dips have their own version? And oh wow, it was delicious. Our savory and sweet dips (plus a big pitcher of mimosas and lots and lots of Town House Parmesan Herb Pretzel Thins, which I cannot stop eating) made the perfect little board game brunch “meal.”
Have you ever tried a dessert dip? Friends on the Willow Bird Facebook page have mentioned a key lime “cheesecake ball” (instead of cheese ball, get it?) and a yogurt and chocolate chip dip. What others have you tried? I have a feeling this is the beginning of a deep dessert dip love affair.
One year ago: Bailey’s Mint Oreo Icebox Cake
Two years ago: Bailey’s Hazelnut Chocolate Tiramisu
Three years ago: Tres Leches Coconut Cake Trifle
Four years ago: Soft Pretzel Dogs
Five years ago: Best Blueberry Pie with Foolproof Pie Dough
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- zest of one lemon, divided
- yellow food coloring as desired (I used maybe 5 drops?)
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, thawed but still cold (plus more for topping)
- Town House Original Crackers for serving
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with a foil sling. Process the flour, powdered sugar, and salt together for a few seconds before adding in the chunks of cold butter. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with about 6-8 pulses or until it looks like small peas. Press the mixture into the baking dish with the flat bottom of a glass or small dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until very lightly browning. Let cool completely on a wire rack. I remove my shortbread (using the sling) from the pan after about 30 minutes to let it cool the rest of the way. When the shortbread is completely cool, you can crumble it.
- In a chilled large bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, lemon extract, lemon zest (save a little for topping), and food coloring (if desired) together to stiff peaks. In a separate large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and light. Stir in about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese to lighten it up a little more. Then fold in the rest of the whipped cream very gently until the dip is well combined. Gently stir in the blueberries, letting them marbleize your gorgeous dip. Pile the mixture into a serving dish and top with lots of shortbread crumbles (I used a cute bowl in photos above, but next time I'll use a wider, shallower dish so that the shortbread crumbles top more dip surface area). Serve with Town House Original Crackers.
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