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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

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Servings: 8-10 dozen
I make these cookies several times a year, using Meyer lemons which taste the best, but any lemon will work just great. My 2 year old grandaughter just loves these. She cannot get enough of them when she visits.

1 cup (2 sticks/8 oz./226g) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/4 cup lemon juice
Zest of 3-4 lemons, approximately 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter for 5 minutes, then add sugar. Cream the butter and sugar for an additional 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in ricotta cheese, mix well, add vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice and zest and mix well. Combine flour, salt and baking soda: gradually add to the creamed mixture.

2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F/180 degrees C for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

3. If desired, take 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice, add same amount of sugar and cook on stove top until dissolved and brush on warm cookies.

Makes 8 – 10 dozen cookies depending on size, the smaller the cookie the better they test.

Source: Cheryl Ortega
Submitted By: Cheryl Ortega
Date: January 26, 2010


Reviewer: Mike Capoccia
These are my favorite cookies including the ones I make. Cheryl is my partner and I am biased, but my daughter Angie makes these also. These come out like a fine structured delicate madeliene. The Meyer Lemon is a nice change from the Eureka lemon or spice varients. Trust the lemon quantity above. It makes all the difference in the world. Cheryl's granddaughter Natelie, adores these, she does not like to share them though. These are Natelies favorite cookies and should be named as such. And my son Mike looks forward to these in his care packages while he is on missonary work.

Reviewer: aussieingrid
My two boys, aged 11 and 7 thought they were good, and my husband did not like them at all. I thought they were very good. As always, each to their own!


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