Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lemon Ricotta Cookies & Baskets of Love

I got the following recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod who got it from Giada. Maria & her husband were recently married & together they really enjoy cooking, including homemade pastas & baked goods. They're inspiring! I made this recipe particularly because I shy away from baked goods with citrus in it, not sure why. But I wanted to venture outside my norm in case I was missing anything & sure enough, I would have missed out big time.

These were absolutely amazing. I included them in a basket to our friends who had a baby & also brought some to my parents as well as my in laws. I got an email from Terry's parents raving about them and my mom called me at 7:50am yesterday to let me know how much they loved them. These cookies are so light & refreshing, with a unique texture thanks to the ricotta cheese. I can't wait to make 'em again!!


Cookies:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 (15-oz) container whole milk ricotta cheese
3 tblsp lemon juice
1 lemon, zested (see here for lemon zesting)

Glaze:

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

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside. In a large bowl combine the butter & sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter & sugar until light & fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice & lemon zest. Beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven & let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.

Glaze: Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice & lemon zest in a small bowl & stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon onto each cookie & use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours. Makes about 36 cookies (needed 3 baking sheets).

My Thoughts:

I added a bit of milk to the glaze which thinned it out & allowed the glaze to drip down the sides of the cookie which I liked. I wouldn't have wanted them more lemony so I will probably do the same next time as well. Just taste it & judge for yourself.

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I also wanted to show you the basket I brought to our friends. It was a dark basket, only one I could find, so I put some ribbon & a bow on it. I included a Real Simple magazine, blue M&M's, some washclothes, cookies, Asian Slaw, Hot Cocoa & the tray of Swiss Mushroom Chicken Bake.



28 comments:

sassy stephanie said...

Man I love cookies. I made a batch Friday of oatmeal and they were gone by Sunday. oops

So, you realize if I ever come that way, I WILL be expecting a huge event in my honor with all of your goodies??!!

Maria said...

I am so glad you gave lemon a try!! These cookies are the best! Glad you and your friends/fam enjoyed them! Your basket is so cute too! You are a sweetheart!

The Nice One said...

That looks like a great new recipe I must try!!!!

scargosun said...

ooo! I wanna try!

Rebeckah said...

These sound so great! I am THRILLED that today is my grocery store day : ). Hopefully I will have enough time to make them tonight before bed! Now I have something to look forward to all day! Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

These cookies look fantastic. I really love lemon desserts so this is my kind of cookie.

What a sweet gesture to make a basket of goodies for your friends - I am sure they appreciated it.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

those look so yummy - I make that glaze for everything!! so delicious!

That basket - so sweet!!!!!!

Jen said...

those are one of my favorite cookie recipes. I love how light they are. You can almost eat 12 not feel guilty. Almost.

Katie said...

Thanks for visiting. 9/21 one of the best day of our lives, wasn't it? I need some help cooking that is for sure! I will have to read your blog for tip.
In Christ,
Katie

KDLOST said...

Oh you've done it again! That looks AWESOME. I do believe I will have to make another grocery trip for ingredients. My little lady loves lemon cookies! Hehe, and so do I!

1215656559s20768 said...

Excellent cookie recipe and the gift basket is a great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

The Blonde Duck said...

Aww! I love to see recipes shared!

Kiera said...

Those cookies sound so good. I love lemony baked goods!

I'm so impressed with you. I know I say that a lot but you never cease amaze me. Taking a basket full of goodies to friends? How thoughtful!!!

gingela5 said...

I'm not a big citrus dessert person either. But I trust you since you're like me in that area! They do look REALLY delicious!

Katie said...

I think I need to take a cooking class soon! :)

Kelly said...

I think I need to make this recipe!
I love the baskets..so cute!

Ace C said...

Way to do somthing nice for someone. I'm sure it made their day.

Joan said...

Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by my page. I am honored. I hope to keep up with creative blogs like yours! I love the cookies and the gift basket! Those are the best gifts. I think those cookies and a great bottle of wine would be a great gift everyone would love.
Joan

Octamom said...

Sounds like a fab cookie recipe--that Giada--if she wasn't such a good cook, I'd be really upset about that tiny perfect body of hers....

Your basket for your friends looks AMAZING!!! How awesome! All the food looks great--but the presentation is just spectacular!!!

Blessings!

Kacey Randolph said...

Check you out being all crafty fabulous! What a great presentation for all of your lovely and YUMMY gifts. Great job!

Life On The Tail Of A Comet said...

I'm not avoiding you- I just feel guilty about not posting pictures of stuff I know you'll love!

Melissa Lester said...

Yum, yum. I am so hungry right now viewing this post, but I'm trying to diet. I'm glad I can't smell those cookies because I'm sure I couldn't resist. They do look so good, though, and what a sweet presentation.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I need some sugar right now, and have no sweets in the house--thanks for the reminder, ha

Tam said...

LOVE THE TRAY! Thanks for sharing this idea and HMMM I too shy away from LEMON all together...LOL but this is worth a try because YOU said SO!!!!

Kiera said...

Another question...am I supposed to drip the glaze on the cooled cookie and then let it sit for 2 hours or am I supposed to make the glaze ahead of time so it can set for two hours and then drip on the cookie? Are you trying to tell me that after I have slaved away on these cookies for hours I'm supposed to just let them sit for 2 more hours looking all delicious and NOT EAT THEM?? What kind of torturous recipe is this??

Deanna said...

Those cookies sound really good. I am a sucker for anything lemon.

What a cute, cute gift. I should start looking for some trays/baskets. We have a ton of babies arriving in the next few months.

Jessica said...

I will definitely be making these..I love love cookies. They sound delish!!!!

Angela said...

Yum! And your basket is lovely!! Great job!