Maria’s Italian Ricotta Cookies

 Maria is my very good friend who runs the cooking school where I teach.  She is super talented, super friendly, and one of the best cooks I have ever met.  She makes soooo many great Italian dishes…all using traditional family recipes.  She makes a killer lasagna and these cookies are one of my kids’ favourites.
It’s a great way to use up ricotta cheese thatyou have in the fridge and the dough can be scooped out and frozen on a cookie sheet, then transferred to a ziploc bag to be baked later.  They are the best straight out of the oven, but when they cool, they are reminiscent of tiny scones (perfect for dipping into coffee or tea!).  It makes a big batch so freeze some and use the rest later!


When they’re baked up, they taste like mini-scones…and they pair so well with strawberry!!

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Maria's Italian Ricotta Cookies
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Serves: 4-5 dozen
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 carton (15 oz) ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in ricotta and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto a greased (or parchment or Silpat lined) baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes

  • Danielle Guida
    February 5, 2017

    Made these super easy cookies – they are light and fluffy and a perfect bite of not too sweet ! Thank you Suzie for sharing – have popped the cooled cookies in the freezer for use Monday evening – I am sure they will be very popular with coffee/tea!

    • Suzie Durigon
      February 6, 2017

      You are the sweetest Danielle…I am thrilled that you tried them and, better yet, that you liked them!! Next time, try freezing the dough balls before they’re cooked. Then you can pop some on a cookie sheet and bake them as you need them – hot out of the oven is the best!!!!

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