Yesterday morning before I left for the cruise.

I stress ran 8 miles.

Stress bought five jars of peanut butter to take with me (the Carnival Glory may cap the amount of alcohol you can take aboard at 1 bottle but they have not a single policy on peanut butter! They obviously don’t know who they’re dealing with.).

Stress made myself seasick (nausea, lightheadedness, orthostatic hypotension…I had it all).


Stress called my parents.

Both of them.

Separately.  (That’s how you know it was bad.)


And stress wished that I hadn’t left the remains of this pie at their house this past weekend because, wouldn’t you know, it would have made the perfect thing to stress eat!

(This was all while I should have been stress packing, mind you. You can see I have my priorities straight.)


So then I decided to spend an ordinate amount of time stress daydreaming about it’s creamy lemony cheesecake insides and it’s melt-in-your-mouth blueberry topping.  You should do the same.

Or really, you should stress make it.  Because at least one of us should be stressing out in an efficient way.


Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie
Makes 1 deep dish 9-inch pie, adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

For the Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4-7 tbsp ice water

For the Pie 

  • 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • pinch or two of salt
  • 3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (don’t thaw if using frozen)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp heavy cream or milk


  1. Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse to combine.  Add in the in the butter and pulse until butter chunks are the size of peas and mixture looks like coarse sand.  Add in the ice water, 1 tbsp at a time, pulsing in-between each, until dough just comes together.  Gather it into a ball, divide it into two equal parts, flatten each into a disc, cover each with saran wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.  On a floured surface, roll one of the pie crust discs into a 12-inch circle.  Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and cut off the overhanging edges.
  3. Lightly prick the bottom of the pie crust with a fork all over.  Place a piece of parchment paper over the crust and fill with baking beans or pie weights.  Bake 12 minutes.  Remove pie weights and bake an additional five minutes.
  4. While pie is cooking and cooling, work on the braid around the edge.  Check out Martha Stewart’s site for this tutorial that makes it easier than I ever could!
  5. Lower oven to 350.  In a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add in the sour cream, sugar, one of the eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest and salt.  Mix until combined.  Spread evenly over the bottom of the pie crust.
  6. In a large bowl, toss together the blueberries, cornstarch, 1/4 cup sugar, and lemon juice until well combined.  Drop the berry mix over the top of the cream cheese mixture as evenly as possible.
  7. Whisk the remaining egg with 1 tsp heavy cream or milk.  Brush over the top of the braided pie crust.  Bake 40-50 minutes until top is set.  Remove to wire rack to cool about 2 hours.  Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving.


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75 Responses to Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

  1. I love the way you’ve made this delicious looking pie a bit lighter! Enjoy the cruise. And the peanut butter.

  2. Simply Life says:

    this looks wonderful! hope you’re enjoying the cruise as much as you can!

  3. Um, where do you parents live? I’ll be heading over to their place to hunt for a slice of this pie!

    Good luck this weekend, thank gd for peanut butter!!

  4. Blueberries, cream cheese, and lemon are a perfect dessert combination! Love them together. Have a fun cruise!

  5. Debbie says:

    A definite winner….this looks so delicious Joanne. Hope you are enjoying your cruise!

  6. How do you ever find the time to make all these incredible dishes?! I will forever be amazed by you. This. Looks. Awesome.

  7. Amy says:

    Oh be still my ever lovin’ pie heart!!

  8. Danielle says:

    ooh – I really need this in my house amazing!!

  9. That pie looks and sounds amazing Joanne.

  10. bellini says:

    Blueberries are my favourite Joanne, although they may have been replaced by blackberries, maybe not. I know you are not looking forward to the curie, but create your own fun.

  11. Gloria says:

    Ugh stress killing me and feel phisically bad so bad is amazing.
    Hope yiu feel better.
    This blueberry pie is amazing im thinking in make I love this and bluberries are amazing take care:)

  12. this looks beautiful, and would be great to stress eat as i write my thesis & apply for jobs. hope you’re doing better!

  13. That Girl says:

    Hopefully you took care of all the stressing and now you can just enjoy the trip!

  14. Stress always leads me to work out a lot and bake!

  15. What a delicious way to relieve stress! I love the lemon flavor in this blueberry pie. It looks so delicious too!

    Hope you have a great trip!

  16. I’m about to take a trip to a cabin up North and I am very excited to cook a lot. I want to bake, as I am no baker, so a bit of a transformation will happen hopefully! I can try this one!

  17. Lynn says:

    I am so intimidated by pie crust – this one looks as if it might be good in one of those graham cracker crusts, too.

  18. This looks incredible. You should totally bring it with you on the cruise to make yourself feel better!!

  19. What a gorgeous pie, Joanne! This looks so refreshing. I love a good pie crust!

  20. Pierce says:

    Luckily, blueberries are on sale now. This must be a weekend plan.

  21. I will totally stress make this! Work has been an absolute pain so I’ll eat an extra slice for you.

    The things I do for you, right?

    Have a safe trip back!

  22. Nicole, RD says:

    Yum. I love cream cheese in just about everything, why not pie? Mmm!

  23. What a great pie and I love the beautiful braided crust. Hope you are enjoying your cruise.

  24. You are soooo right. Stress eating this pie sounds like an awesome idea…I love all that cream cheese and blueberry business. Awesome.

  25. Beth says:

    Your pie looks amazing. Sorry you’re feeling so stressed, but I’m sure the peanut butter will help. (Carnival may regret their “limitless peanut butter” policy!)

  26. I hope the cruise took a turn for the better Joanne! This pie is awesome.

  27. This looks so good! That filling sounds delicious… Kind of like a blueberry cheesecake, but a pie? Awesome!

  28. Yummmm the lovechild of cheesecake and pie. I would like to eat a giant slice of this, stressed or not!

  29. teresa says:

    i can’t think of a better way to deal with stress than a pie like this. delicious!

  30. Reeni Pisano says:

    Thanks for making the pie Joanne! You’re the best. I hope things are going better than you expected!

  31. Cathleen says:

    I would both stress make and stress eat this. Just for you 🙂
    This looks too good!!

  32. Hotly Spiced says:

    Oh dear. It sounds like the trip from hell. I hope you find one, just one, good thing about it. Perhaps the weather? What size spoon did you pack to scoop out the peanut butter? I’m imagining, the higher the stress the bigger the spoon? xx

  33. Kari says:

    I’d quite like this minus the stress, but given I already have the stress, stress eating it would be rather good. Much better than stress eating cereal, which tends to be my default.

  34. Johanna GGG says:

    yep the blueberry cream cheese pie sounds an ideal place to bury yourself rather than go on a work cruise

  35. Barbara says:

    Fabulous pie, Joanne!
    But I hope your stress disappears quickly! Cruises are supposed to relieve stress!

  36. Mo 'Betta says:

    I think stress calls for at least 1 jar of cookie butter in your peanut butter stash. Just thinking about a cruise makes me feel slightly nauseous…I hope you have more fun than you think you will!

  37. OH! Cut a slice…and then slide me the rest ;P Yum, this looks amazing!

  38. ^I’m with Heather! You’re going to have to make an extra pie and do the same for me, Joanne! This looks A-mazing! Scrummy-licious! 😀
    Hope you have been having a wonderful summer!!


  39. Jenn Kendall says:

    love this pie! looks so summery and delicious!

  40. Guru Uru says:

    This ppie is utter perfection my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  41. Astra Libris says:

    You are an angel – how do you always read my mind? 🙂 How did you know I have both blueberries and cream cheese in my fridge?! 🙂
    Have a wonderful time on the cruise!! I too take peanut butter on all trips – I once nearly got arrested in the Baton Rouge airport for attempting to carry a jar of peanut butter onto a plane, not realizing that the air transport authority considers peanut butter a liquid… Sigh.

  42. Hannah says:

    Enjoy your cruise to the fullest, Joanne! I hope that you’ve gotten all of that stressing out of your system, so now you can just relax and have fun the entire time. Sure hope we’ll get to hear about it, but now I’m expecting only good things from the experience, so don’t let me down. 😉

  43. Candace says:

    Have a wonderful time! I can’t think of anything better than blueberries and cream cheese.

  44. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    If you are to stressed I will take your cruise for you…. 😉 Also, this pie looks slammin’

  45. Lori says:

    I can think of no other thing I’d rather eat in a stress emergency. This looks amazing! Enjoy the cruise (and the peanut butter)!

  46. Oh girl, I’m sorry it was all so stressful for you!!! I hope you have a fantastic time, wherever you are right now. 🙂 This pie looks AMAZING!!! Growing up, blueberry pie was my favoritest ever. This is even more incredible. 🙂

  47. Aw, I hope the cruise got better and that you’re having fun now! This pie sounds seriously amazing…

  48. Mary says:

    This looks amazing. It might be the best looking blueberry dessert I’ve ever seen. Hope the cruise turns out fabulously for you!

  49. I hope you’re making it through the weekend!! If this is waiting for you when you get back, it shouldn’t be toooo hard 🙂


  50. Raina says:

    Gorgeous pie and oh so scrumptious looking! Have a great time on your cruise:)

  51. Chris says:

    This comment contains 0% of the USDA recommended amount of stress.

  52. Pam says:

    You have no idea how much I want that entire pie right now. It looks fantastic!!!! I hope the cruise is fun and that you are no longer STRESSED!

  53. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I never want blueberry season to end!

  54. Cara says:

    I would have NO problem stress-eating this 😉

  55. Faith says:

    Haha, I totally need to stress make this! It’s really a work of art. 🙂

  56. Aw I hope the cruise isn’t turning out as bad as you’d expected! It can’t be that bad with that much peanut butter with you (although it would have been better yet if you could have brought along that pie)!

  57. Kerstin says:

    Mmmm, this would be such a hit at any party! Hope the cruise isn’t too stressful!

  58. Oh wow this looks amazing and has made me want to go get blueberries tomorrow!!

  59. kyleen says:

    I love how it’s cheesecake in a pie crust, my two favourite parts of two different desserts. This is definitely the kind of food made for stress eating.

  60. Why are you stressing before a cruise??!! I hope you enjoy it, and your peanut butter (lol). This pie sounds amazing.

  61. grace says:

    blueberries are a glorious pie-making ingredient. i like the cream aspect of this–you don’t have to worry about juices flowing every which way!

  62. daphne says:

    oh how you r feeling better now and your stress has reduced!
    and that pie would have made anyone feel better!!

  63. Cream cheese pie sounds like the perfect way to alleviate pre cruise stress!

  64. Carolyn Jung says:

    I don’t know how anyone can stress after having a big slice of this. It may be blue, but blueberry cream cheese pie will chase away the blues any ol’ day.

  65. Roz says:

    I’d scream for your blueberry cream cheese pie when under extreme stress too! What a great mental tip and what a great pie for treatment!

  66. Shannon says:

    oh boy, what a pie… blueberries and lemony cream cheese?? heaven 🙂

  67. Elizabeth says:

    This looks delicious… I have to admit you had me at “cream cheese.”

  68. vianney says:

    yummy~ I would love a huge slice right now, I have been stressed ALL summer, LOL!! have fun!

  69. Renee says:

    This was so easy and soooo yummy! I’m going to try one with peaches, and one with blueberries, and one with coconut, and one with…..

  70. I made this for Christmas dessert and it was delicious! I’ll definitely be making it again.

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