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Lemon Ricotta Cookie Recipe

Soft and cake-like and bursting with lemon flavor, these LEMON RICOTTA COOKIES are a lemon-lover’s dream!

This tried-and-true recipe is a must bake and delivers every time to delight everyone who samples these tasty gems!

This Lemon Ricotta Cookie Recipe is a keeper during the holidays or any time of the year you fancy a lemon cookie!


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Ohhhhhhh, these cookies are divine. With lemon in the cookie and the icing, these cookies are simply bursting with lemon flavor.

Classic Italian Ricotta Cookies are definitely a family favorite and these are right up there with one of our all-time faves.

I love the simplicity and how easily this recipe comes together. No fancy equipment, no rolling pin and the cleanup is minimal.

This recipe makes a nice big batch of 60 cookies. Perfect for sharing with a crowd like family, friends and neighbours.

During the holidays, I like to sprinkle the icing with gold sanding sugar. You can also use the classic colored rainbow sprinkles.

You may also enjoy ricotta or orange ricotta cookies and please drop a comment below to let me know what you thought of this amazing lemon recipe!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • So easy to make in as little as 15 minute prep time and 14 minute cook time
  • Soft cake like cookie that is bursting with flavor, is a lemon lovers and soft cookie lover dream cookie
  • Makes a large batch of 60 soft lemon cookies for a crowd
  • Customize with gold sanding sugar or your favorite sprinkles to fit your theme
  • Great for serving and gift giving of an easy lemon dessert during the holidays, like Easter, baby or bridal showers and Christmas.

Ingredients for Italian ricotta cookies

Ingredients for lemon ricotta cookies.
Optional, now shown is gold sanding sugar which is a nice touch for a holiday recipe or gift.
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Butter
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Ricotta Cheese – use full-fat ricotta cheese.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract – in the cookies and the icing.
  • Lemon juice/zest – you will need two lemons for this recipe! It is used in both the cookies and the icing.
  • Powdered sugar

Step by step instructions for these soft Italian lemon cookies

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. I like to bake these cookies one sheet at a time, in the middle rack in the oven.

Dry ingredients in mixing bowl with whisk.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

Butter and sugar in mixing bow from stand mixer with paddle attachment.

In large mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This can take anywhere from three to five minutes. The mixture should be light and pale yellow in color.

Eggs are added to the butter mixture in bowl from stand mixer.

Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each additional.

Ricotta, lemon zest and lemon juice are added to cookie dough mixture.

Add in ricotta cheese, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest. Beat on medium speed for one minute.

Flour mixture is added to cookie dough in bowl from stand mixer.

Add in flour mixture, in three additions, stirring until well-combined, but do not over mix.

Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon and drop dough, two inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Bake in 350°F oven for 13 to 15 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to wire cooling racks.

Unbaked cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Make the icing: Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice and lemon zest in small mixing bowl. You may need to add a little more lemon juice or powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency.

Turn cookies upside down and one at a time, dip them right into the icing, allowing the icing to drip for a moment. Twist the cookie and turn upright. Icing will drizzle down the sides.

Place on wire rack with plastic wrap or parchment paper underneath for easy cleanup.

If using sanding sugar or sprinkles, sprinkle the on immediately as you go when icing the cookies. If you wait too long, they will not stick to the icing.

Allow icing to dry 45 minutes to 2 hours. Enjoy!

Lemon ricotta cookies on white plate.

Top tips for making the best Italian lemon ricotta cookies

  • Best to use room temperature butter and eggs for the best results
  • Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor
  • When measuring the flour do not shake or pat down just level off the top with a knife
  • For the best lemon flavor use two lemons for use in both the cookies and icing
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent over-browning and for easy clean-up!

Storage Instructions for lemon Italian cookies

These cookies will stay nice and fresh in an airtight covered container for 3 to 5 days or in the fridge for 7 days. Separate any layers with parchment paper.

Can you freeze lemon ricotta cookies?

Yes you can! I recommend that you freeze them not iced in a freezer-safe container for 2 – 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature and ice them when your ready to serve.

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Lemon Ricotta Cookie Recipe


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 60 cookies

Description

Soft and cake-like and bursting with lemon, these LEMON RICOTTA COOKIES are a lemon-lover’s dream! This tried-and-true recipe delivers every time to delight everyone who samples these tasty gems! This Lemon Ricotta Cookie Recipe is a keeper!


Ingredients

1 cup butter, room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

3 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Zest from one lemon

1 container ricotta cheese, 15 oz.

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar (more if needed)

3 to 5 tablespoons lemon juice (more if needed)

Zest from one lemon

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add in ricotta cheese, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
  7. Add in flour mixture, in three additions stirring until well-combined, but do not over mix.
  8. Use a small cookie scoop, or tablespoon and drop dough two inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake in 350°F oven for 13 to 15 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer baked cookies to wire cooling racks.
  10.  Make the icing: Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice and lemon zest in small mixing bowl. You may need to add a little more lemon juice or powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency. Stir in 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract to taste.
  11. Turn the cookies upside down, one at a time, and dip them right into the icing. Allow the icing to drip for a moment, then twist and turn the cookie upright.
  12. Place on wire rack with plastic wrap underneath for easy cleanup.
  13. Sprinkle immediately with sanding sugar or sprinkles (if using). If you wait too long, the sprinkles will not cling to the icing as it dries pretty fast.
  14. The icing will take about 45 minutes to an hour to dry completely.

Notes

Storage: These cookies will stay nice and fresh in an airtight covered container for 3 to 5 days or in the fridge for 7 days. Separate any layers with parchment paper.

Freezing: I recommend that you freeze them not iced in a freezer-safe container for 2 – 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature and ice them when your ready to serve.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 10.7 g
  • Sodium: 27.8 mg
  • Fat: 3.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 16.4 mg

8 Comments

  1. I have made these cookies so many times. There so much in demand at my house. We never never get tired of these lemon cookies.






  2. I frosted the cookies then placed them in a plastic airtight container in a cool location. A couple of days later the frosting has partially melted into the cookies making them wet. Why did this happen?

  3. Do you drain your ricotta before using it?
    Do you chill your dough before baking and do you ever have trouble with the cookies flattening and loosing their shape?

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