Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies are the light and flavorful answer to your craving for a sweet treat.  The ricotta gives them a moist and soft result, while the brightness of lemon keeps them from feeling too heavy.  One bite is never enough with this favorite cookie recipe. 

Love the flavor of ricotta? Be sure to try this Ricotta Toast with Pears!

A little stack of the finished cookies on a cupcake stand, so beautiful and ready to eat.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

If you’ve never tried a ricotta cookie recipe, then this is definitely the one to begin your soon to be love of ricotta cookies.  The addition of lemon, and a light glaze on top, make these feel “fancy” without being time consuming or difficult to make. 

My Italian ricotta cookies are soft and chewy and always a big hit for cookie exchanges. This new recipe with a hint of lemon flavor is also a good choice for a cookie swap or dessert for a party any time of year. 

If lemon is your favorite flavor, you’ll love my lemon thumbprint cookies as another sweet treat idea!

A wider view which shows some of the ricotta cookies finished and on a plate and others on a cooling rack.

Ricotta cheese is one of the mildest options in the dairy family.  That alone makes it ideal for baking or adding into other recipes. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, so it will take on the flavors around it instead.  

The moisture in the ricotta will help keep your cookie dough moist while cooking.  It is also a great binder that can, in some recipes, replace the egg if needed. For this recipe, it’s all about adding a thickness and moisture to the cookie dough. 

Do I Have To Use Fresh Lemon Juice?

There is a time and a place when using processed juice works, this recipe is not that time or place.  For the best flavor, you really need that real fresh lime juice and zest. Without it, the cookies will have a different lemon flavor that isn’t nearly as appealing. 

Have extra lemons and want to use them up?  You can make these cut out cookies and add a bit of juice in them for a brighter flavor. Another favorite you can add a bit of lemon to are the Mexican wedding cookies

Do I Need A Glaze On This Ricotta Cookies Recipe?

While I prefer to add a simple lemon and powdered sugar glaze to these cookies, you don’t have to add that.  They are absolutely delicious without the glaze. It just adds a little extra lemon flavor. 

If you do decide to use my glaze recipe for the cookies, you won’t be disappointed.  I do recommend you put the glaze on the cookies and let it dry just a bit before stacking them onto a tray or in a carrier to share.  Otherwise, the cookies will stick to each other and be a bit messy. 

All of the delicious lemon ricotta cookies are lined up, iced, and ready to be eaten.

Can Lemon Ricotta Cookies Be Frozen?

Yes!  This recipe makes a large batch, and that sometimes means they won’t be eaten before they get stale. In my house, that wouldn’t be a problem as they disappear almost as fast as they are baked!

If you know you can’t eat them all, you can definitely freeze the dough or the baked cookie.  I prefer freezing the dough and then baking when I am ready for more cookies. 

To freeze the dough, make your cookie balls, and flash freeze them on a baking sheet for about 1 hour.  Then, you can remove them from the baking sheet and drop them into a freezer storage bag you have labeled and dated.  This keeps them from sticking to each other, and makes it very easy to grab just a few at a time to bake for a treat. 

If you want to freeze already baked cookies, just put them into a labeled and dated freezer storage bag and lay flat in your freezer so they don’t get broken. 

A horizontal view of the finished ricotta cookies recipe.


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A little stack of the finished cookies on a cupcake stand, so beautiful and ready to eat.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Similar to Italian ricotta cookies, but with a lightly sweetened with a hint of citrus. These lemon ricotta cookies are perfect treat for the whole year.
4.77 from 13 votes
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, cookies, lemon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 40 -46 cookies
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 container 15 ounce ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zested – about 1 tablespoon
  • Glaze:
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zested – about 1 tablespoon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each until well combined
  • Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice and zest, beat to combine
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth and well combined
  • Drop cookies evenly onto cookie sheet using a tablespoon or cookie dough scoop
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden and firm on the edges
  • Remove and transfer to cooling rack
  • Cool completely


  • In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest and until smooth
  • Spread over cooled cookies
  • Let glaze harden before storing cooking in an airtight container
  • Store at room temperature or in refrigerator 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 89mg | Sugar: 12g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

These Italian ricotta cookies are easy to make. Lemon ricotta cookies are a glazed lemon cookie that the whole family will love! #cookies #lemon #ricotta #bake #sweets
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  1. I made these over the weekend, and I cannot get over how delicious they are! I will be making these for my cookie exchange this year!