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Blueberry Fool Recipe

Light and refreshing, this spring/summer dessert is a delightful combination of homemade vanilla whipped cream with blueberry sauce. Blueberry Fool is the perfect no-bake dessert.

Blueberry Fool in adorable jars

I don’t know what it is about the humble berry, but it has inspired some curiously named desserts: blueberry buckle, blueberry grunt, blueberry boy bait, and — no foolin’ — the berry fool. (Not certain where the name came from — the all-knowing Googles is vague about its origin.)

(Whenever I hear blueberry grunt, I want to let out a football player [guuuh!] and slap something with my spatula.)

Whipped Cream on a whisk for Blueberry Fool dessert

Nothing foolish about the blueberry fool, no sir. Freshly whipped cream, lightly sweetened and vanilla scented, is streaked — and topped — with a Grand Marnier-spiked blueberry sauce. A light and airy treat for the dog days of summer.

Back in late spring, I miraculously remembered to freeze several quarts of fresh, local blueberries in the midst of a mad-pitched blueberry frenzy (as always occurs — berry season is short but ever so sweet — it’s every girl for herself at the farm stand (the elbowing was accidental, I swear)).

Blueberry Fool - the perfect light, no-bake dessert for summer!

A mere few minutes of washing, sorting, and packing means weird-named blueberry desserts any time I want. Yay, blueberry fool! Yay, for food preserving!

Karen xo

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Blueberry Fool

A delightfully, lightly sweet dessert featuring vanilla whipped cream and orange-scented blueberries.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blueberry fool
Servings: 6
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Karen Gibson


for the blueberry sauce:

  • 1 1/2 heaping cups blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional
  • 1 teaspoon candied ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

for the whipped cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Prepare the blueberry sauce:
  • Place all sauce ingredients in a small pot and heat over medium until lightly simmering and bubbly (about 6-8 minutes). Remove from heat, transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate for an hour, if you have the time (recommended).

Prepare the whipped cream:

  • In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream with an electric mixer on medium until the cream begins to thicken (if preparing the whipped cream a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment). Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating the cream until soft peaks form when you lift the beaters (or whisk) from the whipped cream.*


  • Gently fold 1/2 cup of the cooled sauce into the whipped cream a few turns. Add another 1/2 cup and continue folding until the whipped cream is streaked to your liking with the blueberry sauce.
  • Spoon into parfait glasses. Divide the remaining blueberry sauce as a topping on the whipped cream. Serve immediately or refrigerate for use later the same day.


*Note: this is my quirky preference entirely, but I actually continue whipping the cream until it's juuuust on the edge of moving into butter territory (for whipped cream experts, this is when the cream becomes spoonably thick, almost spongy - just before it starts breaking down into the globs and crags that lead to butter, but still bright white). When refrigerated, the result is almost soft serve ice cream, only lighter and airier. Irresistible.


Calories: 190kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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Caralyn @

Thursday 30th of August 2012

that is just GORGEOUS! i love the serving little cups you used too! so pretty:)


Tuesday 28th of August 2012

I guess this dates me a bit, but whenever I see a recipe for a "fool", I think of Mr. T from the "A-Team" ("I pity the fool").

But this fool does not need any pity - it is absolutely lovely!


Tuesday 28th of August 2012

Re: the serving glasses - they're actually Weck canning jars. Adorable, and not terribly expensive when purchased directly from the mfr: (some retail sites sell them at twice the price).


Tuesday 28th of August 2012

I love the glasses that you have displayed in the photo - where did you get them from? Thanks!


Tuesday 28th of August 2012

Looks delicious! Also: love the parfait glasses; where did you get them?