These Cookies Have Holiday Written All Over Them

Ricotta Cheese Cookies

The name says cookies, but to me these eat more like soul satisfying little cakes. Thanks so much to Frances for this amazing recipe so we can keep this holiday tradition going for generations to come.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 188 kcal


  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups confectionary sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer, beat butter and sugar on low speed until blended.
  • Increase speed to medium and add eggs and vanilla. When the mixture is light and fluffy, add the ricotta and beat until well combined.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt and continue to beat until a dough forms. Note: if ricotta is too dry, use 1/4 cup less flour.
  • Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Prepare the icing by mixing the powdered sugar with the milk. Drizzle over the cookies with a fork or spread with a knife.

Note: Pictured here are cookies with a cardamom icing made by mixing powdered sugar with a cardamom simple syrup that I had from another recipe. Also pictured are cookies with a chocolate ganache made from melting semisweet chocolate chips in a double boiler with a little half and half. Sorry no measurements, was just kind of winging it.

    Keyword Cookies, Ricotta Cheese
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