Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 dozens
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 12 mins

Any fresh lemon works great in these tangy, soft cookies.

Meyer lemons are available mid-November through early spring in specialty food stores. You will need 2 to 3 medium-sized lemons. Regular lemons can be substituted.

Ingredients

Cookies:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
15 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Glaze:
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
Decorating sugar, silver dragees (small silver balls), optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2.  Combine butter and sugar in bowl; beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, ricotta, lemon extract, zest and juice; blend well.
  3.  Add 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt; blend to combine. Add remaining flour in two parts, blending to combine, until a dough forms.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until very light golden. Let cookies rest on baking sheet for a few minutes and transfer to wire cooling rack.
  5.  While cookies cool, prepare glaze by creaming together butter and sugar. Continue to mix, gradually adding juice until desired consistency. Decorate cooled cookies adding dragees or decorating sugar, if desired, before icing sets.

—Recipe courtesy of the American Dairy Farmers

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