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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cookie Carnival: Lemon Ricotta Cookies

This is my first post for the Cookie Carnival, hosted every month by Kate over at The Clean Plate Club. This month we were allowed to vote for which cookies we wanted to make. The winning recipe was Lemon Ricotta Cookies. I didn't vote for these, but when I found out they were the winner I knew Josh would be excited. He's crazy about lemon desserts. This particular recipe comes from FoodNetwork.com. Reading the reviews, I noticed everyone said these were a cake-like cookie. I'm not a fan of cake-like cookies........ UNLESS!! Unless they're smashed together with fluffy, creamy frosting in the middle... You see where I'm going with this?? Whoopie pies, people, WHOOPIE PIES!!?! My dad is crazy about whoopie pies. He's always asking me to make them. So this week for wing night, I made a dessert that satisfies the two most important men in my life!
These lemon ricotta cookies whoopie pies are fabulous! The cookie is definitely cake-like. It's moist and the lemon flavor is excellent. The frosting in the middle is a cooked flour frosting (my 2nd favorite frosting after SMBC). It's creamy and fluffy and lemony and PERFECT! These whoopie pies will satisfy any lemon lover!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies w/ Lemon Glaze (I omitted the glaze and sandwiched the cookies with Cooked Lemon Frosting, recipe below)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested


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

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.

Cooked Lemon Frosting
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, soft but cool
Zest of 1 large lemon
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Whisk together sugar, flour, milk, and cream in a saucepan. Boil over medium heat until mixture becomes extremely thick like glue, about 15-20 minutes. Whisk frequently to prevent burning.

When mixture has thickened, pour it into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium-high speed until mixture cools to room temperature, about 15 minutes (test it by touching it with the back of your hand or wrist). Add the soft but cool butter a few tablespoons at a time. When all the butter has been added, increase speed to high. The frosting will look too soft at first, but it will thicken after about 3-5 minutes on high speed. Stir in lemon zest and lemon juice.


thereddeer said...

Dang they sound and look good! Yummy!

sliceofsueshe said...

What a good idea. I'm a fan of whoopie pies myself. I haven't had a chance to make these yet this month. I may try this instead of the glaze.

Steph said...

I'm not a fan of cakelike cookies either. I love your little change up!

kamailesfood said...

I just posted about the lemon ricotta cookies too. They were cakey, but I don't mind cakey cookies. I love the whoopie pie idea. I was going to make a cream cheese filling for mine, but the cookies were gone by the time I decided to actually do it.

ilovemesomecupcakes said...

these look awesome. you always have the best recipes, everytime you make something, i'm like i totally have to make this.

sarahe said...

those look wonderful! i will have to try them!

Amanda said...

The chocolate whoopie pies are too sweet for me, but a lemon version might be just right... Mmm...

Ingrid said...

Gotta love arecipe that makes both your guys happy!

June Freaking Cleaver said...

I think I need a new husband who likes lemon...lol

I want to make these anyway.

veggievixen said...

we are the same bc i love lemon desserts too! so obsessed. these look delish.

Eliana said...

YUM-O. These look super yummy. Your dad is my kinda guy cuz I luuuuv whoppie pies.

Noreen said...

These cookies look so good! I can't wait to try them! I just have to say, it's so nice how you speak so sweet about your Dad... :)

Adam said...

Hey... welcome to the cookie party. I'm glad you decided to show up, we can never have too many cool cats :)

I second your whoopie pie love. It's like "Have a whoopie..." and all is right in the world.

I figure a lemon flavor is great. I voted for the s'mores one I think, but I'll have to do these up anyways.

Stacy said...

I love lemon, so you had me at lemon! As for the ricotta, I have never used it in baking so I am anxious to give it a try! Thanks for sharing this totally delish recipe! You rock!

Lauren said...

Yep this is on the recipe list of summer cookies/treats I need to make! Thanks :)

Linders said...

Yeah Cassie! Welcome to the CC. Your posting got me motivated to work on mine tonight. :)

comfycook said...

This is a winner. Who doesn't like whoopie Pies?

CookiePie said...

Ooooooooh - lemon whoopie pies - DROOL!!!!

ARLENE said...

Me, too, on not being a huge fan of cake-like cookies. I am, however, a huge fan of lemon. I will definitely try these sometime soon.

larie said...

I'm not a huge fan of lemon desserts, but I'm hosting a dinner this weekend and these sound perfect. The menu's got some chowder and hearty foods on it, so this should be just the light and tangy ticket for dessert! And the boy loves lemon desserts (is this a male thing? jeez).

Hassled House Wife said...

I'm sooo making those this weekend! I just need to convert ounces into grams and I'll be right ;)

Lemon and ricotta = YUM. I don't know if you can get it there, but in Australia we can buy the ricotta fresh from the deli. It's so much creamier than the container ricotta and you can get it in low fat which tastes just the same as the regular stuff. Worth having a look for.

Gala said...

Wow these look and sound soooo tasty! I sent an email to the clean plate club and hopefully will join soon! So thanx for writing about it!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh my goodness those cookies look sooooo good!! I adore lemon flavours and these cookies are a huge hit!!

Christina said...

SCORE. I was looking for this kind of frosting recipe.

I agree about cake-like cookies, it confuses me. But in this form I can definitely get into it, and anything lemon is perfect for the summer.

jenny holiday said...

Ooooh just kill me now!!!!!! haha...these look fantasssstic!!!!! Thanks bunches!!!!!
Happy Summer!!
xoxo Jenny

Amanda said...

I really like your scanning idea for the giveaway. Too many giveaway trolls out there! ;)

And, I love to see how different people put things together. Giant photoposts are the best. I'm in!!

The Food Librarian said...

These look delicious! :)

Hannah said...

man, these look so delicious!

Marta said...

Lemon ricotta cookies, what a perfect treat! Very summery and with a slight Sicilian accent. I LOVE it!

anissa ferguson said...

great idea!! I will have to try it your way next time.

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