Italian Ricotta Cookies

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What’s soft and fluffy and says “eat me”. These out-of-the-world ricotta cookies of course! This recipe for Italian Ricotta Cookies is a treasure that’s been passed on from one of the Italian grandmas of the food blogger, Ashley. Ashley talks about these decadent ricotta cookies in detail on her blog Wishes and Dishes so head over to her blog if you like easy homemade cookies. Make sure you pick the full-fat ricotta for this soft sugar cookies recipe because the light ricotta cheese will not do any justice. They’re soft, buttery and delicately browned along the sides with just the right kind of texture a soft sugar cookies recipe should have. This recipe also uses just everyday ingredients from your kitchen pantry except for ricotta cheese of course so you can technically call them almost budget-friendly. The glaze on these cookies is a delicious soft and velvety vanilla flavoured liquid, so it matches the overall taste of the cookies so good. There is orange zest added to the cookie dough but if you don’t have oranges handy, just go with lemon zest.

This recipe is also great for making cookies during the holidays because it’s very versatile for adding toppings and colors. You can add new flavors and build the recipe even more by adding cinnamon, coconut flakes, cookie butter, honey, browned butter or a dash of almond extract for an amaretto aftertaste. For the garnish on top, you can add toasted almonds, pecans or cashews or even a jam of your choice. On occasions like kids’ birthday parties, you can cover these cookies in rainbow sprinkles or add marshmallow fluff covered in chocolate to make it look creative and fun. If you like the cookies to have a bit of a crunch, you may have to bake them a little longer than 12 minutes or wait until they turn dark golden brown. However, if you prefer them soft, then it is better to stick to 8 or 10 minutes. Make sure to put the dough at least 2 inches apart on the baking sheet before you transfer them to the oven since the dough tends to increase in size a tiny bit.

An important baking tip for making the best cookies is to opt for the real vanilla extract rather than a faint artificial vanilla flavor. If you can get hold of the vanilla beans or a vanilla bean paste, that would be even better. Nielsen-Massey is a good brand for the best vanilla extract because it has no additives like corn syrup or sugar. You’ll see how much of a difference a pure vanilla extract can make to these easy homemade cookies. Quality ingredients are always the key to delivering the best flavor in cookie recipes. For a simple sugar cookie recipe like this one, you will not require chilling the dough before baking. You can mix the ingredients and bake them straight away in the oven. However, if you happen to have used warm butter in this recipe, you might end up having flat cookies. To prevent this, you can just pop the dough for about 20 minutes in the fridge to add stability, and they will come out just right when you bake them.

This delicious ricotta cookies recipe will become your latest pride. Thank you to Ashley at Wishes and Dishes recipe blog for sharing this amazing Italian Ricotta Cookies recipe. Do visit Ashley’s website for more dessert recipes. This soft sugar cookies recipe loaded with ricotta is a sweet treat for everyone in the family. You will want to scream “mama mia” with joy!

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