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Italian Ricotta Cookies – Recipe

Italian ricotta cookies definitely bring back memories for many Italian-Americans. They are often enjoyed during Christmastime and are definitely one of the simplest Italian cookies to make! They are soft with a delicious vanilla flavor and the icing adds the perfect amount of sweetness. The sprinkles add the perfect touch and can be changed to any color you would like! Green and red are often used during Christmastime, but you can use red and pink for Valentine's Day, yellow for Easter, and pale pink or blue for baby showers! These cookies are perfect for just about any occasion!

Italian ricotta cookies definitely bring back memories for many Italian-Americans. They are often enjoyed during Christmastime and are definitely one of the simplest Italian cookies to make! They are soft with a delicious vanilla flavor and the icing adds the perfect amount of sweetness. The sprinkles add the perfect touch and can be changed to any color you would like! Green and red are often used during Christmastime, but you can use red and pink for Valentine’s Day, yellow for Easter, and pale pink or blue for baby showers! These cookies are perfect for just about any occasion!

Recipe yields 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • sprinkles for decorating

Directions:

  1. Cream butter; add sugar. Continue to cream. Add each egg, one by one, then add Ricotta and vanilla. Beat ingredients until smooth. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to batter.
  2. Drop about a teaspoon of dough on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 11 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies cool completely before icing.

FROSTING:

  1. Mix icing ingredients well. Using a teaspoon, lightly coat each cookie with the icing then add sprinkles!

7 comments

  1. So is there supposed to be baking soda in the cookies and if so how much? I would love to make these

  2. I have been making these for years and happen to be my grandchildren’s favorite. Yesterday I made and they came out as flat as can be. They taste great; look flat. So disgusted. My BP and BS were fresh. Any suggestions. Why were they not puffy?

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