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Decadent Lemon and Ricotta Cookies

December 8, 2016


Every year at Christmas my aunt makes the most incredible orange zest cookies. Unfortunately, she refuses to give the recipe to anyone because it is just so secret to her. So I decided to come up with my own copy cat recipe so I can enjoy these cookies all year around, because they are just so delicious!! Also who doesn’t love lemon cookies, right? I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do.



  • 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 oz container of whole milk ricotta cheese

  • 3 tablespoons of lemon

  • 1 whole lemon, zest


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons lemon

  • 1 lemon, zested 

Steps (Cookies)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside

  3. In a large bowl (I used a stand mixer), mix together butter and sugar until fluffy – about 3 minutes

  4. Incorporate one egg in at a time

  5. Then add lemon juice, zest, and ricotta cheese and mix until smooth

  6. Stir in dry ingredients, I did it in 3 parts

  7. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and scoop cookies (use an ice cream scooper for perfect cookies)

  8. Bake for 15 minutes until you see light browning on the edge of the cookies

  9. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 min

Steps (Glaze)

  • In a small bowl mix together powdered sugar, lemon juice, and zest until smooth

  • Scoop and spread out gently onto center of cookies

  • Let the glazed cookies harden in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours

  • Enjoy!


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