If you've never tried a delicious ricotta cookies recipe before you don't know what you've been missing out on. This easy recipe is one of those that will have people begging for the recipe over and over again. While shaped like a cookie, this drop cookie is actually almost like little miniature cakes! Slightly crisp on the bottom with tender cakelike insides, the little sprinkles add color and the flavor is absolutely perfect.
Ricotta Cookies Recipe
A little bit of nutmeg and honey combine with just enough lemon to make these taste bright, refreshing, and almost "light". You won't feel any guilt with this recipe when you can so easily enjoy 4 cookies for under 200 calories! They are the perfect choice for cookie exchanges, parties, or to tuck into a lunch box for the kids. With the extra protein from the ricotta, they are even a good little protein snack!
What Do Ricotta Cookies Taste Like?
Traditionally, a ricotta cookie will taste a little on the lemony side. Not bright lemon, but just a hint to give it flavor. This recipe has lemon, but also a little nutmeg in the background so I find it is somewhere between a spiced cookie and a lemon cookie, but neither flavor is overpowering.
Can I Use Full Fat Versions of The Cheese?
Here I tend to go for the lower calorie versions of items as often as possible. So, I list fat-free versions in the ingredients. If you do not need a lighter calorie or lower fat option, feel free to use the full-fat versions of the ricotta and cream cheese in this recipe for equally delicious results.
What Mix-In's Can I Put Into Ricotta Cookies?
Traditionally ricotta cookies do not have mix-in's, but if you are inclined, you can change the flavor a little with some additions. Below are things I would swap out if I was going to change up the flavor in this recipe.
- Substitute equal amounts of cinnamon, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice in place of the nutmeg.
- Use coconut extract, vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract, or lime extract in place of the lemon.
- Mix in ¼ cup finely chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, or peanuts.
- Fold in mini chocolate chips just before placing on the baking sheet.
How Many myWW Points are In a Serving?
The points below are for a serving of 4 cookies. This batch makes around 60 cookies, so it is a total of 15 servings per batch. If you make the cookies larger, these points will change. So, be aware of this as you prepare the cookies that the points are for 1/15th of the entire batch.
- myWW Blue: 5
- myWW Green: 5
- myWW Purple: 5
- Points Plus: 4
What Goes in Ricotta Cookies?
- Whole wheat flour
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Unsalted butter
- Fat free ricotta cheese
- Fat free cream cheese
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon extract
How to Make This Ricotta Cookies Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt then set aside.
Using a separate bowl, beat together the butter, ricotta, cream cheese, sugar, and honey until blended and smooth.
Beat in the egg and lemon extract.
Fold the sifted flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just blended.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet.
Sprinkle the top with sprinkles if desired.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.
Let cool on the pan for 5-minutes before transferring to wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Points listed below are calculated for 1/15th of the batch. This batch makes approximately 60 cookies with 4 cookies per serving. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g
Points listed below are calculated for 1/15th of the batch. This batch makes approximately 60 cookies with 4 cookies per serving.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.