Prepare time: 10 min
Cook: 2 hours and 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours and 40 min

These Italian Ricotta Cookies are great for the Christmas desserts or snacks since it is very handy to enjoy. Also, it tastes so flavorful and creamy as well.

How to make Italian Ricotta Cookies

If you want to serve this later or in another day, you may place the Italian Ricotta Cookies in an airtight container. Also, make sure you make it into one layer and enjoy these yummy and sweet cookies anytime you want with family and friends.


  • 495 gr flour (all purpose)
  • Two teaspoons of baking soda
  • Salt
  • A cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 370 gr granulated sugar
  • A teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 400 gr ricotta
  • 350 ml fresh milk
  • A tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • Two large beaten eggs

For the glaze:

  • A tablespoon of melted butter
  • 460 gr powdered sugar
  • 30 ml lemon juice or you may use almond extract or milk
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 60-90 ml fresh milk


1First, you need to prepare a mixing bowl to whisk some ingredients like the baking soda, flour, and salt for around 20 seconds until they are well combined. Then, set this aside for a while and prepare an electric stand mixture equipped with the paddle attachment to stir other ingredients.

2Combine the lemon zest and granulated sugar until they turn fluffy. After that, add the ricotta along with the vanilla extract and the eggs. Lower the speed and put the flour mixture occasionally to combine with lemon mixture. Here, make sure that all ingredients are well combined.

3Next, use a plastic wrap to cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator to chill for around 2 hours. After that, take the dough out of the refrigerator and scoop a tablespoon of the dough to form into several balls. Then, place them on top of the baking sheet that has been lined with a parchment paper.

4To continue, bake the cookie balls in the oven over 350 Fahrenheit-degree or 180 celsius-degree for around 12 to 14 minutes until they turn golden. After that, allow them to cool for some minutes before you transfer them into a wire rack. While waiting to cool, you may use the time to make the glaze.

5Simply prepare a mixing bowl and combine some ingredients like powdered sugar, lemon juice, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Mix them until well combined. After that, your glaze is ready to use and combine to the cookies.

After the cookies get cool enough, you can give the decorations to the cookies. Here, you need to dip the cool cookies into the glaze. Then, immediately drizzle some sprinkles on top of the glaze. Before serving, you need to allow the cookies and the glaze along with the sprinkles to set for several minutes at room temperature.