Gluten Free Italian Ricotta Cookies
Holidays at our house would not be the same without Italian ricotta cookies set out for guests to enjoy. Fragrant lemon zest adds a delightfully bright, yet subtle flavor that tastes irresistible. We actually have to hide an extra batch in the freezer to save some for visitors as our children LOVE them. They enjoy these delicately sweet and pillowy mini-cakes with or without glaze. Ricotta cookies do not last long around here – especially now that we make them gluten free.
Sweet & Fragrant Mini-Cakes
Biting into Italian ricotta cookies is like indulging in the taste of delicately sweet and fragrant mini-cakes. The divine texture begs for a return trip to the cookie plate. Seriously! The beauty of this recipe is that you may add other extracts to suit your taste. For example, I like to add anise extract, (my personal fav,) and a friend of mine likes to add almond. If you prefer to keep the cookies simple in flavor, add different extracts to the glaze for a bit of variety.
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Photos by DuPree Productions; Recipe adapted from NY Times CookingPrint
Indulge your sweet tooth with Italian Ricotta Cookies. They are delicately sweet and fragrant mini-cakes of cookie goodness!
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- 240g (8.5 oz) Flour Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend (2 C + 3 T)
- 1 tsp Baking Soda (4.5g)
- 1/4 tsp Extra Fine Pink Himalayan Salt (1.5g – use 1/2 tsp if butter is unsalted)
- 113g (4 oz) Butter, softened (1/2 C or 1 stick)
- 150g (5.3 oz) Cane Sugar (3/4 C)
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Lemon Zest, chopped (large pinch)
- 198g (7 oz) Fresh Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese (scant 1 C)
- 1/2 T Pure Vanilla Extract (7.5 ml)
- 1/8 tsp Pure Lemon Extract (about 2 drops)
- 1 Large Pasture Raised Egg (50g)
- 1/2 T Butter (7g), melted (add a tiny pinch of salt if using unsalted butter)
- 230g (8 oz) Powdered Sugar (scant 2 C)
- 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (2.5 ml)
- Extract of Choice to taste – start with 1/8 tsp (anise, almond, lemon, or liquor)
- 3 T Milk (add by 1/4 tsp to thin if necessary)
- Candy Sprinkles (optional)
Equipment: Digital scale (preferred), Cookie/baking sheets, Unbleached parchment, Electric mixer or Stand-up mixer with paddle attachment, Measuring cups and spoons, Mixing bowls, Spatula, Small scoop such as a melon ball scoop
Before You Dive In – Prep:
- Bring egg and butter to room temperature
- Move oven rack to center
- Line baking sheets with parchment
Step 1: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.
Step 2: In a large bowl, or the bowl that attaches to the stand mixer, add the butter, sugar and zest. Beat on medium until pale and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and beat for a few more seconds. Turn mixer off.
Step 3: Add the ricotta, extracts and egg to the creamed mix. Beat on medium-low until blended. Slowly add the whisked dry ingredients to the wet as you beat on low. This can also be done in batches. Mix until flour is completely incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and blend on low again until mixed. Cover the bowl to prevent drying out and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours (or up to 2 days if making ahead.)
Step 4: Preheat oven to 350F/177C.
Step 5: While oven is preheating, scoop chilled dough out onto parchment lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart using a melon ball scoop. These cookies are not spreaders, but you want to give them enough space to cook evenly. Alternatively, roll the dough into balls and slightly flatten tops (the dough may be sticky) or scoop and drop using a teaspoon. Note: if you have dark, non-stick baking pans, the bottoms of these cookies will be darker than usual.
Step 6: Bake in the center of a preheated oven for 12-14 minutes. Cookies will appear golden on top and a darker golden-brown on the bottom. Cool on the baking sheet for several minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool completely before storing or glazing.
To make the glaze: whisk together all ingredients, except the sprinkles, until smooth. Now is the time to taste and correct to achieve the best flavor while balancing the consistency of the glaze. We prefer it to coat the back of the spoon with an opaque layer. Add milk in very small 1/4 -1/2 tsp increments if needed. Coat each cooled cookie by dipping in glaze. Immediately sprinkle toppings if using, and then allow to set on a cooling rack.
To store: keep cookies in a single layer, covered, for up to three days. Freeze unglazed cookies for up to a month. Glaze after thawing.
The nutrition information provided below is for the recipe as written using lightly salted, organic butter. Glaze is not included. Each cookie weighs about 14g or 1/2 oz.
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 50
- Sugar: 3g
- Sodium: 55mg
- Fat: 2.5g
- Saturated Fat: 1.5
- Unsaturated Fat: 1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 6g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 10mg
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