Two things happened the other day, I found myself facing needing to use up some ricotta cheese that was in our fridge and I my friend Claudia from What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine posted one of her most requested cookie recipes, that uses ricotta (view Claudia's recipe here). I know baking with sour cream or ricotta means a soft, moist end product that is sure to "Wow!" folks. I decided to make her cookies which is actually a recipe from her Mom, even better as I love true 'family recipes.' These cookies are moist, cake-like, airy and fluffy with the wonderful flavor of lemon shining through. This is a wonderful Traditional Italian cookie, and can be made into so many other wonderful flavors, I can't wait to make more!! ~Enjoy! Diane
"Mom's Lemon Ricotta Cookies"
(recipe can be doubled)
recipe by: What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
drops of hot water to make a thin frosting
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
assorted candy sprinkles, for the tops of cookies
Mix the water a little at a time until the frosting runs a small stream, add in peel.
Dip cookies into the frosting and sprinkle with colored candies.
Makes Approx: 3 1/2 dozen