Lemon Ricotta Cookies

These light and airy ricotta cookies would be the perfect addition to any cookie box this holiday season. It’s nice to be able to offer your guests a variety of sweets with different textures and flavours. These lemon ricotta cookies are almost cake-like in texture.

I have made this recipe with both ricotta and mascarpone cheese. The mascarpone variation is a little richer and denser, but both varieties are tender and moist. I will let you decide which one you like better. The lemon flavour compliments the sweet and creamy cookie very well.


Lemon Ricotta Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, dessert, Ricotta cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon (zest)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (or mascarpone)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl or in the mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the vanilla, the egg and the ricotta. Mix until well incorporated.

  4. In another bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until incorporated. Don't over-mix the batter. 

  5. Form the cookies with a small ice cream scoop. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave a couple of inches between the cookies. 

  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown.

  1. Whisk together 1 cup of icing sugar with 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice. Allow the glaze to set for a couple of minutes before pouring onto the cookies. Test one cookie and adjust the glaze by adding more icing sugar or lemon juice to achieve your desired texture.

  2. Top with sprinkles before the glaze dries.

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