Frosted Lemon-Ricotta Cookies Recipe

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I work for a Special Education school and our students run their own catering business. Every time they make this for a catering event, they get raves. The students chose the Lemon Ricotta Cookies to submit as their favorite cookie recipe. They say they are the "yummiest and chewiest cookies ever!"—Renee Phillips, Owosso, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 138 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 97 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs, cheese, lemon juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well.
  2. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients. Spread over cookies. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Lemon-Ricotta Cookies in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2011, p85

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"great recipe"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I made it just like directions and the first pan was too thin. So I then added more flour to stiffen up the dough. I like cookies that are either crispy or chewy and these were neither. I will not be making these again."

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