Blueberries and Boulettes Recipe

Blueberries and Boulettes in dish

Some desserts which were eaten a hundred years ago are seldom seen today. One of those desserts is Blueberries and Boulettes. Boulettes are homemade drop dumplings that are made by dropping heaping teaspoons of dough into rapidly boiling water. Warm boulettes are topped with a little butter, and smothered with blueberries, and a generous sprinkling of sugar.

The Boulettes were fun and easy to make. They only take a few minutes to cook, rising to the top of the water when done. When served with sweetened blueberries, they made a nice old-fashioned summer dessert.

Here’s the original recipe:

Recipe for Blueberries and Boulettes
Source: American Cookery (August/September, 1921)

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:


  • Servings: 6 - 8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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2 tablespoons butter, melted

3 tablespoons sour cream

3 eggs

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour




Combine melted butter and sour cream in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating each in. Stir in salt, then gradually add and stir in the flour.

In the meantime bring 3-4 quarts of water to a bowl in a large pan. When the water is rapidly boiling, drop heaping teaspoons of the dough into the water, and let it remain until it rises to the top; then remove with a slotted spoon. Serve warm.

To serve, put boulettes in serving dish(es), top with dabs of butter, blueberries, and sugar.

22 thoughts on “Blueberries and Boulettes Recipe

  1. I don’t see sour cream in your ingredient list, but it’s in the instructions. How much sour cream’s needed? The same 3 tablespoons?

    I’ve never heard the name ‘boulette,’ but we used to make these when I was a kid.

    1. In some ways it’s similar, but the boulettes don’t contain any sugar or spices – though the old recipe says to “heap” blueberries and sugar on top of the boulettes, so it is a sweet dessert.

  2. I have never heard about boulettes until now. As Suzassippis says, like cobbler only easier. Grateful how we can have blueberries year round, although fresh right now. Yum! Thanks for sharing, Sheryl.

  3. Sounds really good. When I first glanced at it, I wondered if there was anything sweet in it.
    I wanted to mention that once or twice a year, I drive through the area where your grandmother grew up. I always think about her stories as I pass through. I had ancestors in that part of the state and I wonder if their paths ever crossed.

    1. It’s wonderful to hear that you still remember the years when I posted my grandmother’s diary on this blog. It would be interesting to know if our ancestors paths ever crossed. I had so much fun posting Grandma’s diary entries. I often wish that she’d kept her diary for more years. It would be nice if there was a diary that provided a window into what she was thinking after she married and had a family.

      1. I do genealogy and I usually can only find the facts about someone’s life. Your grandmother’s diary really made me think about documenting my own life to be passed down. It is the ordinary lives we do not hear much about. In a hundred years, like your grandmother, it will be interesting, but not so much right now in the present.

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