Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze


These glazed lemon ricotta cookies are a pillowy mouthful of lemony goodness with a hint of almond. One any Italian nonna would be proud of!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
36 cookies

These lemon ricotta cookies, with their melt-in-your-mouth texture and subtly tangy flavor, will earn a permanent place in your recipe box.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies Ingredients

You'll need the following ingredients to make this lemon ricotta cookie recipe:

· Sugar: This sweet treat starts with one cup of plain white sugar. Powdered sugar, meanwhile, goes into the glaze.
· Butter: Cream the sugar with a stick of softened, unsalted butter.
· Ricotta: Softened ricotta cheese is the key to these cookies' irresistible flavor and texture.
· Lemon: You'll need lemon zest and juice for the cookies, plus some more juice for the glaze.
· Almond extract: Almond extract gives a hint of nutty flavor. If you like, you can substitute vanilla.
· Egg: A large egg adds moisture and acts as a binder.
· Flour: All-purpose flour creates structure and helps hold the dough together.
· Baking powder: Baking powder acts as a leavener, which means it helps the fluffy cookies rise.
· Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the other flavors.

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How to Make Lemon Ricotta Cookies

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these decadent lemon ricotta cookies:

1. Beat the butter and white sugar until fluffy. Beat in the remaining wet ingredients.
2. Slowly add the dry ingredients.
3. Use a scoop to drop the dough onto a baking sheet.
4. Bake until the cookies are soft and lightly golden.
5. Mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together. Drizzle it over the cooled cookies.

How to Store Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Allow the glaze to harden, then transfer the lemon ricotta cookies to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Can You Freeze Lemon Ricotta Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze lemon ricotta cookies! Place them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Freeze for up to three months.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Absolutely delicious," raves nursediaz08. "The blend of flavors is perfect and the cookies came out very soft. I will be making them again soon."

"I made these this afternoon and they were wonderful," says Paula M. "I've never had them before, but they are almost like a little teacake."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon almond extract

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 large egg, room temperature

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Lemon Icing:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until blended. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in ricotta cheese, lemon juice, almond extract, lemon zest, and egg on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; beat slowly until a dough forms.

  3. Drop dough about 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet using a cookie scoop.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are very lightly golden but still soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely before icing, about 30 minutes.

  5. Stir powdered sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl to make a smooth icing. Drizzle icing onto the cookies. Set cookies aside to allow lemon glaze to dry completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

80 Calories
3g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 12mg 0%

* 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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