Ricotta Cookies

Ricotta cookies are soft, tender cookies made with ricotta cheese, flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and flavorings like vanilla or lemon zest. They have a cake-like texture and are often glazed with a simple icing made from powdered sugar and lemon juice or milk. These cookies are popular for their delicate flavor and moist consistency, making them a delightful treat for any occasion.

Ricotta cheese can be a game-changer when it comes to baking cookies. Here’s how it can elevate your cookie game:

Texture:

  1. Ricotta cheese adds moisture and tenderness to cookie dough, resulting in cookies that are soft, cake-like, and incredibly satisfying to bite into. The creamy texture of ricotta creates a melt-in-your-mouth experience that sets these cookies apart from traditional ones.

Flavor:

  1. While ricotta cheese itself has a mild flavor, it adds a subtle richness and depth to cookies. Its creamy notes complement other ingredients such as vanilla, lemon zest, or chocolate, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the cookies.

Versatility:

  1. Ricotta cookies are incredibly versatile and can be customized with various mix-ins and flavors. Whether you prefer classic vanilla, zesty lemon, or indulgent chocolate, ricotta cookies can accommodate a wide range of flavor combinations to suit your taste preferences.

Moisture Retention:

  1. The moisture-retaining properties of ricotta cheese ensure that your cookies stay fresh and delicious for longer periods. This makes them perfect for baking ahead of time or gifting to friends and family.

Healthier Option:

  1. Compared to traditional cookie recipes that rely heavily on butter or oil, ricotta cookies can be a lighter, healthier alternative. By using ricotta cheese as a primary ingredient, you can reduce the amount of fat in the recipe while still achieving a moist and flavorful end result.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This step ensures that your cookies bake evenly and prevents sticking.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This process incorporates air into the mixture, resulting in a softer texture for your cookies.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. This ensures that the eggs are fully incorporated into the batter, creating a smooth consistency.
  4. Stir in the ricotta cheese and vanilla extract until well combined. The ricotta cheese adds moisture and richness to the cookies, while the vanilla extract enhances their flavor.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. This step ensures that the dry ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the batter, resulting in uniform cookies.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a smooth dough forms. Be careful not to overmix the dough, as this can result in tough cookies.
  7. Using floured hands, roll tablespoon-sized portions of dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. This allows the cookies room to spread as they bake.
  1. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown around the edges. Keep a close eye on them to prevent over-baking.
  1. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This allows them to set and firm up slightly.
  2. While the cookies cool, prepare the icing by mixing powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cookies or dip them for a delicious finishing touch.

Ricotta Cookies

Rose Gebran
Ricotta cookies are soft, tender cookies made with ricotta cheese, flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and flavorings like vanilla or lemon zest. They have a cake-like texture and are often glazed with a simple icing made from powdered sugar and lemon juice or milk. These cookies are popular for their delicate flavor and moist consistency, making them a delightful treat for any occasion.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 24 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 15 oz. Ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the ricotta and vanilla extract, mixing on low speed to avoid overworking the dough.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add this mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until well combined.
  • With floured hands, roll tablespoon-sized portions of dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • While the cookies cool, prepare the icing by mixing powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cookies or dip them for a delicious finishing touch.
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Lori Aulbach
    February 22, 2024 at 10:21 pm

    5 stars
    These are so delicious, light and just the right amount of sweetness.

    • Reply
      Rose Gebran
      March 5, 2024 at 10:53 am

      Thank you Lori!! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Finding the right amount of balance is sweetness is key and I appreciate you sharing that! Xoxo Rose

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