Cake-like cookies made with fresh lemon and ricotta then topped with a tart lemon glaze make these Lemon Ricotta Cookies an irresistible holiday treat!
I can’t take credit for this recipe. In fact, I had never heard of Lemon Ricotta Cookies before I made them this holiday season. When preparing for this series, I asked several of my friends what their favorite family Christmas cookies were and these were the only ones I’d never heard of before!
The recipe comes from my friend Sarah. Miss Sarah as my daughter calls her. Our husband’s work together and are both deployed to Afghanistan with 2nd Cavalry Regiment right now. It’s comforting to have a friend whose husband is doing the exact same thing mine is… it’s like having someone who can understand exactly what you’re feeling about a subject that very few people know anything about. That’s a quality to find in a friend when you’re the spouse of a soldier.
This picture was taken shortly after our husband’s left for Afghanistan. Sarah and I got together with a couple other ladies to put together a big football themed care package for our husbands and the rest of their platoon. Usually when Sarah and I get together it’s for coffee and for our kids to play… she’s got two little ladies who like to come over and play with my little Matty. Kids get to play, Mommies get to relax and chat. Win win.
If I can recall what Sarah told me… the recipe for these Lemon Ricotta Cookies came from her Grandmother. Sarah let me borrow the recipe card with the hand written ingredients and directions and I took great pride in keeping her family heirloom safe and sound while I made these cookies.
These cookies are very soft and almost like little pillows of cake. Pillows of cake covered in sweet yet tart lemon icing. They are packed full of fresh lemon flavor and the ricotta really adds a richness that compliments the cookie perfectly.
For such a simple looking cookie, this recipe really packs a punch when it comes to flavor. Out of all the cookies I made this season, these lemon ricotta cookies I think are going to be one I make every year. A real winner.
Thanks to Sarah for sharing this recipe with me! I’m really honored to be able to share this recipe with my readers!
Want more cookies?
Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted tomorrow!