Creamy Ricotta Pie


This is a creamy pie, not a dense cheesecake. For crust-challenged individuals (like myself), this is for you. The crust is cookie-like. Whenever I am invited to visit friends and ask if I can bring something, they always request this pie.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
1 9-inch pie


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar (Optional)

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 (16 ounce) containers ricotta cheese

  • ¾ cup white sugar (Optional)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, for garnish (Optional)

  • 1 pinch white sugar, for sprinkling (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, shortening, 2 eggs, baking powder, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until dough comes together.

  3. Press dough into a 9-inch pie dish, reserving about 1 tablespoon of dough for topping.

  4. Beat ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth; pour cheese filling into prepared pie dish.

  5. Divide reserved dough into 3 balls. Flatten balls and arrange atop pie filling.

  6. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of sugar over pie, if desired.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is golden brown and filling begins to firm, about 75 minutes.

  8. Chill pie in refrigerator until fully firm, about 3 hours.

Cook's Note:

The pie is not firm when removed from oven but will firm up after chilling for a few hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

549 Calories
25g Fat
62g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 549
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 560mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 19g
Calcium 385mg 30%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 216mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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