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Ricotta Cookie Recipe

How to make ricotta cookies. Delicate, delicious, and slightly sweet with a light and airy cake-like texture.

The holiday season is fast approaching. It never ceases to amaze me how, as soon as September arrives and school starts, Thanksgiving seems to be just around the corner. I enjoy baking Christmas cookies, but am well aware of the holiday rush. That's why I like to bake a few Christmas cookies for Thanksgiving, because why not? It allows us to savor the seasonal flavors for a bit longer and reduces the pressure of baking all the Christmas cookies within a short time frame. After all, who would object to having Christmas-themed desserts on Thanksgiving? Ricotta cookies take the top spot because they are simple, delicate, and undeniably delicious.

You might be wondering, What exactly is a ricotta cookie?

Ricotta cookies are a type of soft, cake-like cookie that contains ricotta cheese as one of its key ingredients. They are known for their tender and slightly crumbly texture, and subtle sweetness. The addition of ricotta cheese gives these cookies a moist and creamy quality. Despite ricotta being a type of cheese, its gentle, milky flavor is ideal for baking.

Ricotta cookies offer a delightful range of flavors, including vanilla extract, almond extract, and zesty lemon. The choice is yours. These cookies are baked until their edges turn a delicate golden brown. Afterward, they are coated in a glaze created from milk and confectioners sugar, and finished with colorful rainbow nonpareil sprinkles. These delightful cookies are a cherished presence at special gatherings and festive holidays.

Can ricotta cookie dough be made in advance?

Yes, you have the option to make the cookie dough two days ahead and keep it chilled until you're prepared to use it. As for baked ricotta cookies, they'll stay fresh in an airtight container for three days, or you can refrigerate them for up to a week.

Do ricotta cookies taste like cheese?

No need to be concerned, these cookies don't taste cheesy! Despite ricotta being a type of cheese, its gentle, milky flavor is ideal for baking, resulting in incredibly soft and delectable cookies. While you can use any type of ricotta, I've found that whole milk ricotta yields the best results.

Important Tips

Be sure to refrigerate the dough for a minimum of two hours before baking, as this will prevent your cookies from spreading too much, resulting in a flat cookie.

Be sure to leave approximately two inches of space between each cookie to prevent them from sticking together as they will spread while baking.

After adding the glaze to the cookies place the cookie on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath. This step makes clean-up easier.

Ingredients & instructions

For the Cookies

3/4 cup butter at room temperature

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

15 ounces ricotta cheese

1 tbsp vanilla extract

¾ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

3 cups flour

2 tsp lemon zest or 1 teaspoon lemon juice, lemon extract, or almond extract

For the Glaze

3-4 tablespoons of milk

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract, lemon extract, or almond extract

▢ sprinkles optional

How To Make Ricotta Cookies

1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set it aside.

2. In another bowl, blend the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until creamy.

3. Add the eggs to the butter mixture one at a time, followed by the vanilla and ricotta.

4. Scrape the bowl and gradually add the flour, mixing until well combined. Refrigerate the dough for two hours.

5. Using a parchment-lined baking sheet, scoop out tablespoon-sized portions of dough. Bake for 11 minutes or until the bottoms turn lightly golden, then cool on a rack.

6. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the glaze ingredients.

  • 3-4 tablespoons of milk

  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, lemon extract, or almond extract

7. Once the cookies are completely cool dip the cookies into the glaze, allowing the excess to drain off. The best way to do this is to place parchment paper under the cooling rack. Optionally, top with sprinkles.

You may also enjoy these easy cake mix Italian Cookies. Let a box of cake mix help you out this holiday season.

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