Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lemon Ricotta Gems

You may remember when I shared these wonderful cookies over at Mariel's Or So She Says' Blog Hop back in May, (check it out...there's a bunch a great ideas with lemon for the theme!) but for those of you who didn't...here's another chance at these! 
 
I love lemon!  Case in point...Lemon Cheesecake bars, Lemon Strata Pie, Lemon Brownies, Crack Cookies (aka Lemon Drop Cookies), Perfectly Lemon Cupcakes, and a bunch others.  One thing I just love about lemon desserts is that they belong in any season!  There are some types of desserts that are practical for different seasons, like pumpkin in the fall & peppermint in the winter, but lemon is great for fall, winter, spring & summer!  Yes! 
 
Lemon Ricotta Gems

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 container (15 oz.) whole milk ricotta cheese
zest and juice of one medium lemon
Glaze:
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
zest and juice of 2 medium lemons
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
In an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat to incorporate between each egg. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice and zest and beat until combined. Mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
 
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. Using a 2 tablespoon size (medium) scoop, place cookies on baking sheets. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges just start to get golden brown. Let cookies sit on baking sheets for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
 
Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, juice and zest. If too runny, add a little more powdered sugar and if too solid add some more lemon juice until it reaches the desired consistency. Spoon or drizzle glaze over cookies. The glaze will harder after an hour or so and then they can be stacked in a container for delivery…or a late night snack!
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