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Two Peas and Their Pod: Lucious Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lucious Lemon Ricotta Cookies

We are addicted to citrus at our house. I am always looking for a new citrus recipe. I stumbled upon Giada's Lemon Ricotta cookies and knew I had to give them a whirl. Ricotta in a cookie? I was curious how the cheese would play out in these cookies.

Giada nailed this one! These cookies are so light and refreshing. They don't have the typical cookie texture, they have more of a cakey texture. The lemon glaze at the end makes these cookies irresistible! I think these are one of our new favorites! I give them a perfect 10!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis, The Food Network


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-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese

3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cookies: In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.

Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours.



Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

Oh WOW those lemon ricotta cookies look UNREAL! Gorgeous!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

I love lemon cookies :) The glaze on them looks great, I'm going to put these on my 'to make' list.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Those looks and sound wonderfully delicious. I was wondering what to do with the ricotta in the fridge!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

These look really, really good. Thanks for sharing.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Vera said...

These look delicious! Ricotta and lemon are wonderful together!

7:22 AM  
Blogger grace said...

lemon cookies are delightful. lemon cookies with glaze are stop-traffic delicious. nicely done. :)

7:23 AM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

A 10! Wow! It's the second time I'm seeing these cookies today! I'm think I should make them allready!

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giada is so cool! These look really good. I think I'd like them because I'm not a chocolate eater so I could make the guys Chocolate chippers and these all for me!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love lemon desserts. This recipe looks light, refreshing and delicious.

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love that scarf/ towel the cookies are sitting on. It's so cute!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Maria‚ô• said...

Maria these cookies not only look good but sound delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!


9:29 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, these are going on my sidebar list of yums to make. My Dad loves ricotta cheesecake which I have made for him so I am really intrigued by these now.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

What a great combo! They look lovely. I really will have to give them a go.
PS: If you're into citrus things (we are too) I once made a Lime and Marcarpone sorbet that was really yummy. The recipe is on my blog if you are interested.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

We loved these cookies! They are very light and refreshing! Give them a try.

Jan-thanks for recommendation. I will check out your blog for sure! Sounds like a great dessert!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Oh YUM. That's all I gots to say.

Going to try these at some point. I used ricotta in ice cream one time, but...not that great.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Wow they look wonderful! The flavors sound perfect, too. Great job!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Kathy Seed said...

Maria & Josh,
Another wonderful recipe! I can't wait to try these. Yummy--- i guess i need to start running or something to keep all of these yummy recipes from sticking to my hips and thighs!

12:18 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love citrus. I recently disappointed many people by admitting I am not a chocoholic - but I do have a great fondness for tart flavours like citrus and raspberry. I have all of Giada's books, I will have to look this one up!

1:10 PM  
Blogger CECIL said...

Beautiful cookies!! I really love the motifs on the plate too!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

Love ricotta and lemon. Those cookies looks delicious
Nice blog, you have here

2:30 PM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

It would be illegal how many of these I could eat in one sitting. These look fab!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I saw Giada make these on the food network. I've always wondered what the texture of these would be like.. thanks for reporting. They look great!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Maria, these look just perfect for the adults in the house! I'll bet they're melt-in-your-mouth light, too. Good one.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

I love lemon cookies..LOVE them! However, my husband and son aren't as fond so I rarely make them. These look awesome and I really would love one right now!

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luscious is right! Thos look FANTASTIC!

4:51 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

These sound like perfect cookies to have with a cup of tea!

5:59 AM  
Blogger Natalie Que said...

Oh yum, these look GREAT!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Natalie Que said...

And PS we are so on the same wavelength with the Damask Plate! I have 3 B&W plates, one of which is damask, that I've been waiting for the right recipe to use with. It is hard to find one that works so that that pattern isn't too distracting -these cookies were perfect for it. Very cute!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I have an award for you on my blog!

1:18 PM  

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