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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.
Ricotta Cookie Tips
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.
- 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.