Lemon Ricotta Cookies

It’s summertime and lemon could not taste more refreshing right now.
Especially in these sugary sweet sunshines.

My step mom gave me this recipe, which she actually entered in a ‘best cookie’ competition and won! She told me all about how she experimented with different cookie recipes and as soon as she tasted this one, she knew it was gonna be a winner. And she was obviously right.

Fluffy, yet chewy. Slightly tart, with the right balance of sweetness. Everything you could want in a summery cookie.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies:
Original recipe from Giada De Laurentiis
Ingredients: (makes about 44 cookies)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 (15oz) container of whole milk ricotta
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

For the glaze-
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

*Note: you will need 2 whole lemons for this recipe.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one by one beating to combine. Add ricotta, lemon juice and zest and beat until incorporated. Stir in dry ingredients. Line two baking sheets with non-stick tin foil and spoon the dough into about 2 tablespoon balls. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden. Let rest on a baking sweet for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by combining powdered sugar, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl and stirring until smooth. Spoon about 1/2 a teaspoon of the glaze onto each cookie.

Not only did I make them because they won a cookie tasting competition, but because my grandmas down this week and I’m gonna go surprise her today with these deliciously bright cookies.

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19 Comments

  1. Oh. My. Gosh. I love anything lemon so these sound amazing! Have fun with your grandma :)

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  2. Oh man, I could imagine how tasty these would be.

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  3. Yum! I’ve made Giada’s verison of these and I absolutely loved them. I think I need to make them again using your step-mom’s winning recipe!

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    • Funny thing- I just looked up Giada’s recipe and it’s the exact same one. I wasn’t sure if my step mom created the recipe herself or she just used someone else’s since she had it written down in her recipe book. Thanks for letting me know though, wouldn’t wanna take credit for someone else’s recipe on my blog! :)

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  4. These look delicious – and I’ve been wanting to make ricotta again, so this would be a cool way to use it!

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  5. I’ve been wanting to make something lemony lately since it’s the perfect summer flavor. Lemon cookies sound amazing!

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    • They are! For some reason I’ve been obsessed with lemon lately and these cookies really hit the spot :)

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  6. Athena Noal

     /  June 2, 2012

    Chole, your blog is wonderful! I know Daphen and your Dad are so proud of you. I will have to try your Lemon cookies! They look wonderful!
    Athena Noal (Daphens good friend in Kentucky)

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  7. oh that giada and her ricotta. can’t go wrong!

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  8. Oh these look absolutely delicious! You keep outdoing yourself Chloe, both with your recipes and your cookies :-)

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  9. I can see why they would win a competition! Lemon anything is a good idea to me, and these look great Chloe

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