Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I needed to use up some extra ricotta cheese I had and didn’t want another heavy meal out of it. After some searching I found these cookies on Food Network from Giada. The dough is nice and light and the glaze adds just the right touch of lemon. They were quick to make and perfect with a cup of tea!



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
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.

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.

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.


5 Comments on “Lemon Ricotta Cookies”

  1. Donna says:

    These cookies look so delicious and they sound loaded with flavor! I have some leftover ricotta in the fridge, I’ll have to try.

  2. Debbie says:

    I have seen these before and they look delicious. I keep wanting to make them!

  3. scatterbrainliz says:

    They look delicious! I’ll have to try to make them soon.

  4. Laure says:

    These look so refreshing and tasty!

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