Italian ricotta lemon cookies with lemon icing are made with just a few simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, butter, lemon zest and ricotta cheese, then baked until lightly golden. A very light and soft texture, almost a cake-like cookie.
Since this weekend is Easter Sunday, my girls wanted to bake some cookies today. With a little food coloring added to the icing, they created these beautiful pastel color cookies, just in time for the Easter Holiday!
But be careful – they can be addicting! My girls made a batch this morning, and they were gone in just a few hours. It’s definitely a fun way to spend time with the kids, and getting them involved for the Holiday! Enjoy!
Here’s a Tip: Try using Vanilla Extract in place of the lemon and zest, and you have Vanilla cookies instead of lemon. Add other colors to the icing and have fun making these for all Holidays!
Italian Ricotta Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter – softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. lemon extract
- 8 -10 ounce Ricotta Cheese ( Polly O, or Sorrento )
- 2 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- cooking spray
- Food Colors ( I used Betty Crocker Gel Food Colors)
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Spray baking sheets with cooking spray oil.
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs.
Stir in ricotta cheese, and vanilla. Then combine with flour, salt and baking soda, adding to the mixture and stirring until well combined. The dough should be soft and sticky.
Drop by teaspoons onto baking sheets, leaving 2 inches apart.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until edges are golden only.
Do not over bake. Cool completely.
Lemon ICING for the cookies:
2 Tbsp. butter- softened
1/4 tsp. lemon extract
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp. Milk
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
Beat all together in a small bowl.
Divide the Icing into 4 small bowls.
Add one drop of food color into each bowl to create pastel colors. Mix well.
Frost each cookie. Add some jelly beans around the cookies to decorate for Easter! …..Enjoy!
Yields 3 dozen.