Homemade ricotta cookies are an Easter tradition in my family. This is a light, healthy dessert recipe with a delicious flavor.
I married into a family with many food traditions. They often revolve around cookies, so it’s a great fit for me.
These ricotta cookies are always on the table at Easter. There’s a serious rivalry going on between the coconut fans and the non-coconut fans. These cookies are generally served with a buttercream frosting, but I actually prefer them without the frosting. And as you’ll see in the recipe, I’m on Team Coconut.
This month’s Recipe Redux theme is “cooking once, eating twice.” I like to make my own ricotta, and I try to make a big batch so I can use the extras for something else. For example, I may use some in a pasta dish, and then the leftovers go into pancakes or cookies. And for the record, don’t be impressed that I make homemade ricotta. It’s SO easy to make, and it costs a fraction of what you’d pay for the packaged version.
I tweaked the family ricotta cookie recipe here by cutting back on the sugar a little and using maple syrup instead of white sugar. This recipe uses gluten-free flour, but you can substitute white whole wheat flour if you prefer. And feel free to frost them with your favorite buttercream or lemon frosting. These cake-like ricotta cookies are a delicious, not-too-sweet dessert that disappears quickly in my house.
$1.47 per serving
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 2 tbs shredded unsweetened coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter. Add the maple syrup, ricotta, egg, and vanilla extract, and mix until well-combined.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix until all the flour is incorporated.
Drop by heaping tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies are set and the bottoms are lightly browned.
Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, brush the cookies with a thin coat of maple syrup. Then sprinkle the cookies with shredded coconut. (Yield: 40 cookies)
Ricotta Cookies Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $6.21 to make, or $.31 per serving (2 cookies). These homemade ricotta cookies are a delicious, healthy treat to celebrate any occasion.