Monday, October 1, 2012

Ricotta Cookies

In chapter five, entitled "Remember the Bonsai," Cosmo bakes ricotta cookies and he and Silvia enjoy them with some Earl Grey tea.  Of course, they are wonderful because every thing that Cosmo endevors to do, he does great.  He tells Silvia that he was inspired to make them from tasting a cookie that she had given him during a previous visit.  It was a cookie with no dairy, sugar, wheat, etc. and Cosmo claimed that it tasted like tree bark.  Ricotta cookies will taste nothing like Silvia's heatlh food cookies.  They are absolutely heavenly!  See recipe below from





Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.


In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the large bowl combine the butter and the sugar. Using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon juice, and 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 and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.


Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours. Pack the cookies into a decorative container.

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