Recipe for Lemon Ricotta Biscuits

By Maria Lichty

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The other day we were flipping channels and stopped on the Food Network. Giada was making her grandmother’s lemon ricotta biscuits. We recently made Giada’s lemon ricotta cookies and fell in love, so we knew we had to try these!!

The biscuit dough was easy to make and unlike other biscuits, you bake these in muffin tins! They have the nice shape of a muffin, but the texture is similar to a biscuit. The biscuits are dense, but not crumbly. The ricotta cheese keeps these babies moist and the lemon juice and zest adds a fresh lemon flavor.

I also loved the addition of almond extract. A little goes a long way so be careful when using this stuff. You are supposed to top the biscuits with almonds, but I only added them to a few since Josh is allergic. I loved the added crunch! I didn’t want the other biscuits to feel left out so I whipped up a lemon glaze to drizzle on top. I am glad I added this! It was the perfect finish!


Lemon Ricotta Biscuits

Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar or more as needed for sprinkling
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon almond extract
⅓ cup thinly sliced almonds (I only put these on a few muffins, since Josh is allergic)

Powdered Sugar
Lemon Zest
Lemon Juice

Whisk together in a bowl. Just eye ball the ingredients. If it is too thick add more juice!


Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to blend.

Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar, butter, and lemon zest in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the ricotta. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, and almond extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended (the batter will be thick and fluffy).

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the almonds and then the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar over the muffins.

Bake until the muffins just become pale golden on top, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly and glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. These look wonderful! I would also omit the almond extract/almonds, but I bet I could make up for it with some toasted coconut!

  2. These look wonderful! I love adding vanilla to lemon baked goods. I think I’ll make these for the bake sale I’m doing next week!

  3. I just made these today and they were wonderful! I forgot to add the almonds before baking, so I just sprinkled them on top after the glaze. I think my glaze was a little too runny though, so next time I’ll add more powdered sugar. I love anything with lemon! I’ll definitely make these again and again.