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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies are soft and fluffy, loaded with irresistible lemon flavor! The cake-like texture is downright dreamy, and the vibrant lemon flavor is irresistible! Tart and sweet, each bite of our lemon ricotta cookie is melt-in-your-mouth good and will transport you to a quaint, Italian cafè.

A partially eaten lemon ricotta cookie on a stack of cookies.

If you’re a fellow lemon lover, we know these cookies are for you (also, you might be interested in these Triple Lemon Cheesecake Bars and our crispy lemon cookies 😉 ). This recipe for lemon ricotta cookies is topped with a sweet lemon icing and sprinkled with fresh lemon zest for extra pucker.

And what can we say about lemon with ricotta other than it is a dream combination that just works. The vibrant lemon flavor pairs beautifully with the light, richness of ricotta cheese.

We love the combo so much in fact, that this ricotta cookie recipe isn’t the first lemon-ricotta recipe on the site. Try our Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Tart, or our soft and tender Lemon Ricotta Cake. Give me lemon ricotta anything and I’m happy.

Why this Recipe Works

If you’ve ever had Nordstrom lemon ricotta cookies, these are similar in flavor and texture. The recipe is simple to follow and it makes about five dozen cookies, which means there’s plenty to share!

Our lemon ricotta cookies are:

  • soft and fluffy with a deliciously cake-like mouthfeel
  • lemon-y in every bite, from the tender cookie to the sweet glaze and lemon zest topping
  • easy to prepare (you can make the dough up to three days in advance!)
  • perfect for any occasion
Iced ricotta cookies with lemon zest on top of the icing.

The Ingredient List

To make these lemon ricotta cookies, you’ll need your standard cookie items, like flour, sugar, butter, etc. The fresh items are lemon, ricotta, and eggs.

Here’s the full ingredient list:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter, softened
  • Eggs
  • Lemon zest and juice (zest for the cookies and lemon juice for the lemon icing)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon oil
  • Powdered sugar

Lemon oil will give the cookies a cleaner, more vibrant flavor than lemon extract. Choose a lemon oil made for culinary use. You can also use lemon emulsion which also gives a vibrant lemon flavor.

How to make Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Our dreamy lemon ricotta cookie recipe is quite simple to follow and worth every effort!

Here’s how to make them (for the full recipe and ingredient amounts, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and read the printable recipe card):

  1. Combine dry ingredients: We like to sift or whisk them together to get rid of any lumps.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar, and add the remaining ingredients: You can use a stand mixer or a hand held electric mixer.
  3. Chill the dough, then bake: Cover the mixing bowl and chill the dough for 2-3 hours. Drop 1 tablespoon dollops of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake.
  4. Cool: Remove the cookies from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes. Transfer them to a cooling rack.
  5. Make the icing: Dip the tops of the cookies in the lemon icing and place them on a cooling rack to dry.
Dipping a cookie in lemon icing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you store ricotta cookies?

These cookies will keep well for up to seven days chilled or at room temperature. The finished cookies freeze well and will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Can I make these cookies in advance?

Yes, you can. You can prep the lemon ricotta cookies up to three days in advance and coat them with icing later. You can also make the dough 2 days in advance and keep it covered in the fridge until you bake the cookies.

Lemon icing drying on top of ricotta cookies.

These lemon-loaded cookies are sweet and sunny and will brighten up your day! Happy baking, friends!

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A partially eaten lemon ricotta cookie.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These lemon ricotta cookies have a soft, fluffy, cake-like texture and a vibrant lemon flavor. You can make the dough up to three days in advance and the finished cookies freeze well.

This recipe makes five dozen cookies....plenty for sharing 😉

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-3/4 cups ricotta cheese (15 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil

Lemon Icing

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 to 8 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl (the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Whisk or sift to remove any lumps. 
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time until well blended. 
  3. Add the lemon zest, ricotta cheese, vanilla extract, and lemon oil. Beat until well combined. 
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients. Cover the mixing bowl and chill the dough for 2 to 3 hours. 
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  6. Drop 1 tablespoon dollops of dough on a baking sheet. Space them about 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. 
  7. Bake 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 1 to 2 minutes then use a spatula to transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. 
  8. Add the powdered sugar to a medium sized bowl. Stir in 5 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Gradually add more lemon juice until you get a consistency that lightly coats a spoon.
  9. Dip the tops of the cookies in the lemon icing and place them on a cooling rack unit the icing dries. 

Notes

  • Lemon oil will give the cookies a ‘cleaner’ more vibrant lemon flavor than lemon extract. Make sure you use culinary-grade lemon oil and not the kind of lemon oil that gets used for aromatherapy. 
  • You can substitute the lemon oil for lemon extract but if you can get your hands on culinary lemon oil, the cookies will have a more vibrant lemon flavor. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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angiesrecipes

Friday 18th of February 2022

My mouth is watering! Love that icing and the lemon flavour.

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 19th of February 2022

Thanks Angie.

John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Lemon alone is enough to entice me (love the stuff!), but ricotta too? Swoon! These look wonderful -- definitely my kind of stuff. Thanks!

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Definitely swoon-worthy ;)

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