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Lucious Lemon Ricotta Cookies

We are addicted to citrus at our house. I am always looking for a new citrus recipe. I stumbled upon Giada’s Lemon Ricotta cookies and knew I had to give them a whirl. Ricotta in a cookie? I was curious how the cheese would play out in these cookies.

Giada nailed this one! These cookies are so light and refreshing. They don’t have the typical cookie texture, they have more of a cakey texture. The lemon glaze at the end makes these cookies irresistible! I think these are one of our new favorites! I give them a perfect 10!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis, The Food Network

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 whole milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

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

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cookies: 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. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.

Glaze: 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.

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38 Responses to “Lucious Lemon Ricotta Cookies”

  1. Teanna — September 11, 2008 @ 6:09 am

    Oh WOW those lemon ricotta cookies look UNREAL! Gorgeous!

  2. Adam — September 11, 2008 @ 6:52 am

    I love lemon cookies :) The glaze on them looks great, I’m going to put these on my ‘to make’ list.

  3. Mary Ann — September 11, 2008 @ 7:01 am

    Those looks and sound wonderfully delicious. I was wondering what to do with the ricotta in the fridge!

  4. Mary — September 11, 2008 @ 7:20 am

    These look really, really good. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Vera — September 11, 2008 @ 7:22 am

    These look delicious! Ricotta and lemon are wonderful together!

  6. Grace — September 11, 2008 @ 7:23 am

    lemon cookies are delightful. lemon cookies with glaze are stop-traffic delicious. nicely done. :)

  7. Clumbsy Cookie — September 11, 2008 @ 8:10 am

    A 10! Wow! It’s the second time I’m seeing these cookies today! I’m think I should make them allready!

  8. Candy — September 11, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    Giada is so cool! These look really good. I think I’d like them because I’m not a chocolate eater so I could make the guys Chocolate chippers and these all for me!

  9. Pam — September 11, 2008 @ 9:02 am

    I love lemon desserts. This recipe looks light, refreshing and delicious.

  10. The Blonde Duck — September 11, 2008 @ 9:12 am

    I love that scarf/ towel the cookies are sitting on. It’s so cute!

  11. Maria — September 11, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    Maria these cookies not only look good but sound delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!


  12. Live.Love.Eat — September 11, 2008 @ 9:38 am

    Wow, these are going on my sidebar list of yums to make. My Dad loves ricotta cheesecake which I have made for him so I am really intrigued by these now.

  13. Jan — September 11, 2008 @ 11:00 am

    What a great combo! They look lovely. I really will have to give them a go.
    PS: If you’re into citrus things (we are too) I once made a Lime and Marcarpone sorbet that was really yummy. The recipe is on my blog if you are interested.

  14. Maria — September 11, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    We loved these cookies! They are very light and refreshing! Give them a try.

    Jan-thanks for recommendation. I will check out your blog for sure! Sounds like a great dessert!

  15. Emiline — September 11, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

    Oh YUM. That’s all I gots to say.

    Going to try these at some point. I used ricotta in ice cream one time, but…not that great.

  16. Anne — September 11, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

    Wow they look wonderful! The flavors sound perfect, too. Great job!

  17. Kathy Seed — September 11, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Maria & Josh,
    Another wonderful recipe! I can't wait to try these. Yummy— i guess i need to start running or something to keep all of these yummy recipes from sticking to my hips and thighs!

  18. Natashya — September 11, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

    I love citrus. I recently disappointed many people by admitting I am not a chocoholic – but I do have a great fondness for tart flavours like citrus and raspberry. I have all of Giada’s books, I will have to look this one up!

  19. CECIL — September 11, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    Beautiful cookies!! I really love the motifs on the plate too!

  20. Sylvia — September 11, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

    Love ricotta and lemon. Those cookies looks delicious
    Nice blog, you have here

  21. Dawn — September 11, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    It would be illegal how many of these I could eat in one sitting. These look fab!

  22. Steph — September 11, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

    I saw Giada make these on the food network. I’ve always wondered what the texture of these would be like.. thanks for reporting. They look great!

  23. Dee — September 11, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    Maria, these look just perfect for the adults in the house! I’ll bet they’re melt-in-your-mouth light, too. Good one.

  24. Tanya — September 11, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

    I love lemon cookies..LOVE them! However, my husband and son aren’t as fond so I rarely make them. These look awesome and I really would love one right now!

  25. Katie — September 12, 2008 @ 4:51 am

    Luscious is right! Thos look FANTASTIC!

  26. Veronica — September 12, 2008 @ 5:59 am

    These sound like perfect cookies to have with a cup of tea!

  27. hot garlic — September 12, 2008 @ 8:26 am

    Oh yum, these look GREAT!

  28. hot garlic — September 12, 2008 @ 8:31 am

    And PS we are so on the same wavelength with the Damask Plate! I have 3 B&W plates, one of which is damask, that I've been waiting for the right recipe to use with. It is hard to find one that works so that that pattern isn't too distracting -these cookies were perfect for it. Very cute!

  29. Lisa — September 13, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

    I have an award for you on my blog!

  30. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — January 21, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Fabulous!! Now that I am a ricotta junkie I would love to have at it with these Lemon Ricotta cookies. It is amazing the texture Ricotta gives to all types of recipes. The lemon glaze is an excellent addition. Must try! xo

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  32. Bonnie — June 25, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    I make these for my family and for people I work with. Everyone loves them. I get requests to make them all the time

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  36. Francesca — January 30, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Hello. After reading your post I thought I would give these cookies a try – I’ve never baked with ricotta before. My cookies a definitely cakey like in texture, but are rather flat and large – like whoopie pies almost… have they spread? Should I chilled the dough first? Any ideas? I’d welcome your thoughts/advice. Thank you.

  37. marianne bianco — December 17, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    look great how many does this reciepe make?

  38. kelly w — January 11, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Tried these. So good. Definitely going to make them again. I added blueberries. yum.

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