Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Remember my post about the sour cream? It being one of those ingredients that you can’t let sit in the refrigerator forever, and my family doesn’t use it often. Well, the same is true of Ricotta cheese. I made some lasagna with most of it a while ago, and the remaining cheese has been spending the past couple weeks in my fridge. I discovered a cookie recipe that used it on Food Network, and let me tell you: they turned out delightful! The lemony zing is absolutely delish! You have to try these! I cut down on the fat content by substituting applesauce for butter and using part skim ricotta. You can do the same, and I swear they’ll taste just as good.




  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.


In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Spoon the dough (about 1 tablespoon for each cookie) onto baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on cookie racks for 20 minutes.


Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours. Pack the cookies into a decorative container.


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One response to “Lemon Ricotta Cookies

  1. I love hearing about your new recipes! If only I had the ability to just sit down and make them on my own. But I cant–so therefore–you must come over soon and we can bake again together! And cook 🙂

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