Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Day 2 of lemon week reveals my most favorite cookie ever. I’ve made these cookies probably a dozen times or more. The first time was last summer when I brought them to my annual family reunion. Everybody raved about them so I knew I was on to something.

If you like the fresh flavor of lemon then these are right up your alley. The cookie itself is incredibly moist because of the ricotta cheese; and the glaze, made of pure sugar and lemon, is sweet and lemony. Both the cookie and the glaze have lemon zest, which boosts the lemon flavor up a notch. I usually bake cookies only around Christmas time, but these are an exception. I make these for several occasions throughout the year.

Note: Giada’s original recipe says to scoop 2-tablespoon size balls, but I always go smaller. If you go with 1-tablespoon size balls you’ll get approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Here's what you'll need

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Start by measuring your flour

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Add 1 teaspoon baking powder

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

And 1 teaspoon salt

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Whisk this all together; set aside

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Now cream together your butter and sugar

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Dump in the ricotta cheese

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

You'll need the zest of 1 lemon

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Throw that in

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Also squeeze 3 tablespoons or so of lemon juice.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Pour that in

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Now slowly stir in your dry ingredients

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

I scoop them pretty small

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

You want to bake them until they're just barely golden around the edges

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Now for the glaze. Add zest to 3 cups confectioners' sugar

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Add some lemon juice. I don't measure-I just add till I reach the consistency I want

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Mix this all together. Yum!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Dip each cookie in and let the excess glaze drip off

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe pictures

Best. Cookies. Ever.

Comments

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Mary! While these cookies don’t really taste like ricotta cheese, the ricotta does give them a light and moist consistency. They’re my all time favorite cookie, I bake them all the time. You must try them! I’m glad you’ve found our blog. :-)

  1. Lisa says

    I usually avoid making cookies because I find them to be a lot of work, but tried these out because I really love lemon. These were super easy to make and I loved the light fluffy consistency. They were a surprisingly different but very addicting cookie. I dressed them up for the holiday with a little gold glitter and they turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!!

  2. Cara says

    These cookies are amazing, and have probably made them a dozen times since I found your recipe. I have noticed though that mine always bake extremely flat. While they still taste delicious, it makes it harder to glaze them. Any suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong?

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