Lemon-Ricotta Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


3 dozen

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
I work for a special education school and our students run their own catering business. Every time they make these lemon-ricotta cookies for a catering event, they get raves. They are the yummiest and chewiest cookies ever! —Renee Phillips, Owosso, Michigan
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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 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 zest


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, cheese, lemon juice and zest. 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 until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients. Spread over cookies.

Lemon Ricotta Cookie Tips

How do you store lemon ricotta cookies?

These lemon-ricotta cookies last for 3-4 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze this unfrosted cookie recipe for up to 3 months. Just store in an airtight container layered between wax paper.

What do ricotta cookies taste like?

Ricotta cookies don't actually taste like cheese. They're a light and lemony cookie—perfect for seconds!

What other lemon ricotta desserts can I try?

We absolutely love lemon ricotta desserts. Two of our favorites are lemon ricotta cake and lemon ricotta fritters.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor, and Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 139 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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