Ricotta Cheese Cookies

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    These frosted ricotta cheese cookies are easy to make, delicious and will definitely impress your guests! They are similar to a sugar cookie, (huge, puffy and soft) but have a hint of tartness.

    My absolute favorite thing to bake are cookies. I love to make all types, like these Italian ricotta cookies, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter blossoms and chocolate crinkle cookies.

    frosted ricotta cookies on a cooling rack

    If you’ve never have ricotta cheese cookies before (also known as Italian cookies), you are really missing out! My cousin shared this recipe with me a few years ago and I’ve made them every year since!

    Believe it or not, ricotta cheese is great to add in baked goods (especially cookies or pancakes). It makes them super soft, with a hint of tartness. And the delicious almond extract frosting balances out the tart flavor with the perfect amount of sweetness.

    We love these Italian ricotta cookies for big family dinners…they are big enough that one is the perfect serving size! So if you’re looking for an easy and delicious cookie recipe to whip up, definitely give this one a try!

    dropping ricotta cookie dough onto a baking sheet using a cookie scoop

    How to make ricotta cheese cookies

    Mix ingredients together

    Start by mixing the wet ingredients – butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and ricotta cheese. Next in a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda and salt). Then slowly mix into the wet ingredients.

    Drop dough onto baking sheet

    After you’ve mixed up this simple dough, take a large spoon (or cookie scoop) and drop the dough onto a greased cookie sheet. It’s a little sticky, so I actually push the dough off with my finger. I did pretty large drops of dough because I wanted them to be big.

    Bake in oven 

    Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, or until the bottoms get lightly golden brown. It will seem a little doughy in the middle at first, but they will set up after cooling on the pan for a few minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack.

    Make sure to wait until they are completely cool before adding the frosting. And don’t taste the cookie first without the frosting! They are a bit bland on their own, but the frosting changes everything! It’s basically a vehicle for awesome frosting.

    ricotta cheese cookies on a cooling rack

    Frosting

    The frosting adds the absolute perfect touch to these ricotta cookies! The sweetness compliments the flavor of the cookies so well. You could also use a powdered sugar glaze on top, but I prefer the frosting. Below are instructions for both options!

    Frosting

    • 4 ounces cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1-2 cups powdered sugar

    Instructions: Whip together the softened cream cheese, softened butter, almond extract and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Then spread with a knife over the cooled cookies.

    Glaze

    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
    • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

    Instructions: Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth. Then drizzle or spoon on top of cookies.

    frosted Italian ricotta cookies

    Storage tips

    How long do they last? They will keep for up to 3 days at room temperature if stored in an airtight container.

    Can you freeze them? Sure! However I’d recommend freezing the cookies without the frosting or glaze. Simply store in an airtight container or bag and place in freezer. Thaw in fridge overnight, then add frosting on top once they have thawed.

    Italian Christmas cookies

    This recipe is also great for Christmas baking! They are the perfect Christmas cookies to make for a cookie exchange. I added these adorable holly berries on top for an extra festive top. You could also add Christmas sprinkles.

    A close up of a frosted ricotta cookie with holly berry sprinkles

    More cookie recipes:

    A close up of a frosted ricotta cookie with holly berry sprinkles

    Ricotta Cookies

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: ricotta cookies
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 24
    Calories: 318
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    These frosted ricotta cheese cookies are easy to make, delicious and will definitely impress your guests! They are similar to a sugar cookie, (huge, puffy and soft) but have a hint of tartness.

    Ingredients

    Ricotta Cookies:

    • 1 cup butter , softened
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
    • 15 ounce container Ricotta cheese
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    Frosting:

    • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
    • 1/2 cup butter , softened
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1-2 cups powdered sugar

    Instructions

    Cookies:

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Then mix in the eggs, vanilla and ricotta cheese.
    • In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt). Then add to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Chill dough at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.
    • Using a large spoon or cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the greased cookie sheet. Use another spoon or your finger to help the dough onto the pan.
    • Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the bottoms get lightly golden brown. Allow to sit on the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

    Frosting:

    • Whip together the softened cream cheese, softened butter, almond extract and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Then spread over the cookies once they have cooled.

    Notes

    Add sprinkles or chopped nuts to the tops if desired. 
    To make a glaze instead of frosting:
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
    • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
    Instructions: Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth. Then drizzle or spoon on top of cookies.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
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