Glazed Lemon Cookies – Recipe for the “12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies”





My how time flies! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was making those pumpkin cookies for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies challenge. Wow, those cookies were good. But, I’m proud to say that this week’s cookie certainly doesn’t disappoint either. When I found out I was going to do this challenge I planned out my entire list of cookies. I tried to find unique recipes that were still simple and could be made for the holidays.

I came across this recipe from Giada at Food Network for Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze. I have to be honest, I was really freaked out about putting ricotta in my cookies. I just could not get past the fact that it’s CHEESE! But, let me tell you, it is what makes these cookies as soft as cake. Do not let the fact that there is ricotta in these cookies stop you from baking them. Also, I’m not a huge fan of lemon. Actually, I love lemon in baked goods, but not in my tea or my water. I really hate it when people automatically put a lemon wedge in my water. YUCK! I can understand putting it in my tea, but I always ask for it without. Lemon is one of those things that I have really grown to love in my cooking and baking. It is a really nice flavor that adds so much to other ingredients.

These cookies, as with most cookies, were really easy to prepare. I know a lot of people have trouble with their cookies being too hard. This is a tip for you – Do NOT overmix your cookies. Overmixing will cause the dough to by hard and crumbly. When a recipe tells you to mix just until the flour is incorporated, do it. Do not continue to mix. It took about 10-15 seconds for all of my flour to be incorporated into my dough. That’s all you need. Also, if the recipe states to leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for a specific length of time – DO IT! These directions are there for a reason.

If you make these cookies, the lemon flavor in the icing is very pronounced when you eat them right away. Once I refridgerated them overnight, the tartness in the lemon settled down quite a bit. I hope you will add this to your Christmas cookie list. They will require refrigeration. They can’t be kept in the Christmas cookie bucket on the counter for a week! But, they can be served as a dessert for your holiday meals. I hope you enjoy them!

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.



In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine.



Mix in the dry ingredients just until combined.



Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. The cookies do not spread, so you can flatten them slightly before baking if you would like a flatter, rounder cookie.



Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.



Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours. Store in the refrigerator overnight before serving.



Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Recipe from: Giada – Food Network

Ingredients

Cookies:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

Glaze:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cookies:

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine. Mix in the dry ingredients just until combined.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. The cookies do not spread, so you can flatten them slightly before baking if you would like a flatter, rounder cookie. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.

Glaze:

Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours. Store in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mealplanningmagic
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:45:23

    I love anything with lemon so will definitely need to give these a try! They look easy too–an extra bonus!

    Reply

  2. BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced}
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 16:05:18

    I love lemons and especially lemon desserts. These cookies look fabulous. Ricotta is an interesting ingredient, but I’m excited to give them a try. I will definitely be adding them to my holiday cookie list.

    Reply

  3. Bam's Kitchen
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 18:01:32

    These look so chewy and moist. When I was a little girl, my favorite cake was a lemony lemon cake, however I have misplaced the recipe. Have you heard of this kind of cake? Do you know how to make it? Take Care

    Reply

  4. kita
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 20:23:07

    My step mom loves lemon flavored baked goods! I will have to make her a batch of these this season.

    Reply

  5. Trisha
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 23:17:47

    I love lemony goodies. Recently I made Lemon bars for the first time. I can’t wait to try this!

    Reply

  6. Sportsgirl
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 04:57:43

    Looks lovely!

    Reply

  7. Tracy
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 15:10:58

    Mmm, lemon cookies. Yum!

    Reply

  8. JackieToo
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 11:08:13

    Thank you! I love my lemon. šŸ˜€

    Reply

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