Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe

Jamie Lothridge | My Baking Addiction

Lemon ricotta cookies are sunshine-y little bites of win. They're also completely addicting, so consider yourself warned.

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The weather has been all kinds of crazy here in Ohio. One day it feels as though fall is knocking at our door and the next it’s 85 with a gazillion percent humidity. It’s bad for my sugar cravings and my hair.

If I’m being honest, I’m ready for fall weather – sweaters and boots – they’re my jam.  And there’s nothing better than a crackling fire and cozying up the couch with a warm mug of cocoa.

One day, the weather has me craving pumpkin bread and the next I’m all about recipes full of fresh, summer flavors like these no bake lemon Oreo cheesecakes.

Last weekend, I was in lemon kind of mood and happened to have a large bag of them on hand. I remembered a recipe for lemon ricotta cookies that I bookmarked ages ago. I quickly scanned the recipe and had the dough whipped up about 10 minutes later.

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Lemon ricotta cookies are loaded with fresh lemon zest, creamy ricotta cheese and then they’re dipped in a sweet and citrusy lemon glaze that puts them over-the-top in the most delicious of ways. Yep, I totally just busted a rhyme there.

I’m a lemon lover through and through, but my boyfriend, Eric, is not. When I make lemon desserts, he’ll take a bite here, and a nibble there, and then question where the chocolate is. However, I could not keep him away from these little bites of sunshine.

He popped them into his mouth one after another. According to him, the glaze makes these cookies and I have to agree – it’s fantastic.  Their soft cake-like texture is another selling point; they literally melt in your mouth.

I could go on and on about these lemon ricotta cookies, but I think you should whip up a batch and taste them for yourself!

Did I put you in a lemon kind of mood? Be sure to check out these lemon ricotta muffins and creamy lemon chicken pasta

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe

    40 Servings


  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Lemons, zested
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 15 ounces Ricotta Cheese, whole milk (1 container)
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice, fresh
For the Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Lemon, zested


For the Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Mix with your fingertips until the sugar is fragrant. Set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the large bowl combine the butter and lemon sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing until they are fully incorporated.
  6. Add the ricotta cheese and lemon juice and mix until incorporated.
  7. Stir in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  8. Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges.
  10. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 20 minutes.
  11. Once all the cookies are cool, prepare the lemon glaze.

For the Glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest and whisk until smooth.
  2. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze.
  3. Place cookies on a wire baking rack or wax paper and allow the glaze to harden before serving.


Source: Slightly adapted from The Food Network.
Slightly adapted from The Food Network.
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Author: Jamie Lothridge
Source: Slightly adapted from The Food Network.
Recipe Yields: about 40 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie
Servings Per Recipe 40

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 26
Calories 127

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 73mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 14g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jamie Lothridge

About Jamie

Jamie has an addiction to all things baking, as you'd guess from her blog, My Baking Addiction. She creates all things cookies just for us Food Fanatics, though.

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