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These lemon ricotta cookies are delicate and light and topped with a sweet lemon glaze.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Photo Updated February 2014

Originally published November 21, 2008 – I came across some Meyer lemons at the grocery store, and I couldn’t turn them down. But then I got home, and had a whole bunch of lemons, and needed to figure out what to do with them. Luckily, these cookies are great with regular lemons or Meyer lemons!! These are sweet and tart and delicate and addictively delicious. Try them out next time you have an abundance of lemons!

Before I started really wanting to try out new ingredients or recipes, I probably would have told you that ricotta only goes in lasagna. Now I am learning that it is good in so much more!! One of my favorite things I’ve made were the Ricotta Doughnuts I made back in June, and now I’m adding a ricotta cookie to my favorites list!!

If you’ve ever watched Giada’s tv show, you’ll know that she claims to have a huge sweet tooth. I think this is actually the first dessert of hers that I’ve tried, though!! I was going to make the Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti that I saw Maria make, but after having a surplus of lemons that I didn’t want to go to waste, I decided on these Lemon Ricotta Cookies. And I’m so glad I did!

These are definitely more of a cake like cookie, but they are so delicious and full of lemon flavor. Don’t skip out on making the lemon glaze, because it is really what makes these cookies. Without it, they are nothing spectacular, but that little bit of glaze gives them a very sweet/tart flavor. Luckily I’m giving most of them away – otherwise I could probably eat the whole batch myself!!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
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Light lemon cookies are made with ricotta and topped with a sweet lemon glaze.
Serves: 48 cookies
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese*
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
For the cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 1 tablespoon for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.
For the glaze:
  1. Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about ½-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours.
*I used part skim ricotta, and it worked just fine!

slightly adapted from Giada's Kitchen

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47 Responses to Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. kat says:

    ohhh I have a bunch of ricotta in the fridge…

  2. Fearless Kitchen says:

    Why can I not visualize Giada consuming ANYTHING with whole-milk ricotta in it? This cookie looks delicious. My husband is especially fond of lemons and would be delighted if I made this for him.

  3. Maria says:

    I have made these and they are SO good! I love the soft cookie with the lemon glaze…YUM! I wish I had a plate now:) I do have ricotta so maybe I can whip some up this weekend. Glad you tried them!! Try the hazelnut ones next…they are good too:)

  4. Jacque says:

    MMmmm, those do look tasty. I’m glad you liked/loved them.

    Funny how a little sweetness on top makes such a difference.

  5. Paula says:

    Oh man, I need to be your taste tester. I love all things citrus, and grew up eating Italian cookies very, very similar to these. That cookie recipe has been lost, and now I’ll be able to use yours to satisfy my cookie fix! YUM!

  6. Happy cook says:

    These cookies look delicious, would love to have with a cup of tea. I made once a cake with ricotta and they were yumm and was really surprised about it.

  7. Chocolate Shavings says:

    I love ricotta in sweet dishes. Those cookies sounds great Deborah!

  8. sunita says:

    Deb, those cookies look fantastic…I love ricotta in bakes.

  9. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Those looks really good! I can appreciate a cake-y cookie! 🙂

  10. Esi says:

    I love this recipe! Soo good and the the glaze is really delicious.

  11. Carla says:

    I’m glad you posted this, I have some ricotta leftover from another recipe and was wondering what I would do with it. I wonder how much it would throw the recipe off if I were a couple ounces shy? Maybe I could substitute yogurt or something. Bet I could…hmmm…. Yeah, I need these. I’m having a bad day, lol.

  12. Ingrid says:

    I love ricotta cheese! I can eat it just like that. At home I usually put a big scoop of it on the side of any tomato based pasta dish I am eating. I love how it cuts the acidity of the tomatoes.

    I’d love me a dozen of those cookies. Yum, lemon AND ricotta AND a glaze!

  13. Sarah says:

    just printed off this recipe…i can’t resist a lemon cookie! they look awesome and i am sure will end up on my blog soon…thanks! 🙂

  14. Abby says:

    I didn’t know about the joys of ricotta beyond savory until I met food blogs!

    These are so cute!

  15. Maria says:

    Oh wow, these look so delicious!! I’m definitely book-marking these to make.


  16. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Oh, those are delightful little cookies! Really delicious!



  17. Emily says:

    Oh these sound so good. I’ve never tried ricotta in a cookie before.

    I’m sorry, I meant, r-eee-caaahhhta.
    That was supposed to sound like Giada. I don’t know if I pulled it off.

  18. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    What a great recipe I would have never thought to add ricotta to a cookie recipe – Thanks for this one as lemon is a big hit in this house so I know this cookie will be a winner!!

  19. Katie says:

    I’m a recent finder of ricotta and love it. Would never have thought you could put it in cookies though – they look fab!

  20. Kim says:

    I am a fan of ricotta, often making a bowl of it with a little flavoring and sugar-eating it as a dessert. These are cute cookies, that look like they would go great with a cup of tea. Thanks for the recipe.

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  22. RecipeGirl says:

    Hi Deborah, These look great. I made something similar as a Christmas cookie last year… I think it had a Meyer Lemon icing.

    Oh yeah, and it’s your lucky day! You’ve won the Gourmet Giveaway on my blog… come see for details, and send your address along to me via the contact form on my site. Congrats!!

  23. Melissa says:

    Wow! These look soo yummy!

  24. Dawn says:

    I’ve made these too and that icing is so tart, but so addictive, you know?
    Glad you like these. I love how ricotta is becoming more and more versatile.

  25. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    They look very delicate. Very nice!

  26. Mary says:

    I love lemon anything. I’ll have to try these soon.

  27. Grace says:

    my ricotta usage has been limited to lasagna and pancakes, but you’d better believe cookies will now be added to that list. 🙂

  28. Aimée says:

    You would be very welcome at my cookies swap next week if you brought a few dozen of these!

  29. Cynthia says:

    To use a favourite Giada phrase: these look elegant. 😀

  30. Sandy says:

    i love lemon, it’s my all-time favorite! ♥

  31. glamah16 says:

    Perfect cookies. Love the addition of Ricotta.

  32. Half Baked says:

    Yumm looks delicious!

  33. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    Ooh, I love these little morsels of love. Lemon-ricotta: YES!

  34. Peabody says:

    Ricotta in cookies…never had but seems like a fabulous idea.

  35. Mary says:

    little lemon cakes? Yummy!
    I’ve been putting my ricotta on pasta.

  36. Rosie says:

    Ooooooh what delights to the eye your cookies are Debs!! Lemon flavours running through my mouth is watering.

    Rosie x

  37. Kevin says:

    Ricotta cookies sound good and lemon ricotta cookies sound great!

  38. Nama says:

    I made these, and they were so delicious and moist! This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  39. These cookies look sooooo melt-in-your-mouth!! Lovely!!

  40. tanya says:

    I love, love, love Ricotta cookies. This lemon version is beautiful.

  41. I’m making these today!! I love lemon ricotta pancakes…so I know I’ll love these cookies!!

  42. I’m obsessed with Meyer lemons, these cookies are so pretty!

  43. These look heavenly. Isn’t it amazing what ricotta can do for baked goods? I am completely craving these cookies!

  44. dina says:

    they look heavenly!

  45. Chels R. says:

    So bright and cheerful! I need to go buy some lemons now 😉

  46. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh god, I bet these taste like heaven 🙂 I love these cookies!!

  47. Vickie says:

    These cookies are yummie I made them from a mix I got from target. Sad to say they don’t have it anymore so I have to make them from scratch. I find another recipe that is almost the same but not lemon it also is yummie everyone loves them

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