Recipe: Limoncello Ricotta Cookies

These cookies are light and moist thanks to the addition of ricotta cheese. Topped with a limoncello glaze, it's the perfect Italian cookie for every occassion.

By: Angela Allison, This Delicious House 

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Chill Time: 2 hours

Servings: 3 dozen


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature (one stick)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from about half a lemon)
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon limoncello liqueur

Limoncello Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon limoncello liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from about half a lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from about half a lemon)


  • Line a baking pan with a baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium/high to cream together the sugar, butter, and lemon zest, until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the ricotta, egg, and limoncello, and mix until combined. Add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Cover the cookie dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove cookie dough from refigerator and use a cookie scoop to measure out about a tablespoon of batter and roll into a ball. Place on prepared baking sheets leaving about 2 inches between cookie balls.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie starts to brown slightly. Note that the cookies will not change color much. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, in a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, limoncello, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Hold the cooled cookie upside down and dip the top of the cookie in the glaze. Return to the wire rack to dry completely.


These Limoncello Ricotta Cookies can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.

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