Maria’s Italian Ricotta Cookies

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 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 Maria’s Italian Ricotta Cookies are one of my kids’ favourites.
It’s a great way to use up ricotta cheese that you 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!

Maria's Italian Ricotta Cookies

You can also freeze Maria’s Italian Ricotta Cookies – because they are the most epic when they come out of the oven piping hot!!!! All the instructions on how to freeze cookies is in this post!!

Maria's Italian Ricotta Cookies
Maria's Italian Ricotta Cookies

You can see how versatile these are!! Here is a quick TikTok video I did to show you yet another variation of Maria’s Italian Ricotta Cookies:


Didn’t eat enough cookies over Christmas? If you have some leftover ricotta, make a batch of these cookies, and you won’t be sorry! #DoTheSmartThings #holiday #cookies #kitchentips #hacks #kitchenhacks #freezerstash

♬ Real Love – Mary J Blige
Maria's Italian Ricotta Cookies Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Durigon

Maria’s Italian Ricotta Cookies


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 carton 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in ricotta and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto a greased (or parchment or Silpat lined) baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes


This makes a lot of cookies!!
You can bake a few off at a time and freeze the rest (as mentions above). They freeze beautifully and are best eaten hot out of the oven!!!