Almond Ricotta Cheese Cookies Recipe

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Net Carbs: 1 g | % Carbs: 5.3 % | % Protein: 10.7 % | % Fat: 84 % | SmartPoints: 3

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You won’t miss the sugar or carbs in this tasty almond ricotta cheese cookies recipe! It’s the perfect gluten-free treat for holidays or just enjoying as a yummy keto snack!

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I had some left over ricotta cheese from a ricotta pie I made. So, I decided to look for some recipes to use it up.

I stumbled upon a ricotta cookie recipe and thought it sounded interesting. The recipe did need to be modified to use low-carb ingredients. I also decided to enhance the taste with almond extract.

Although these cookies are very good without the icing, I decided to frost them. Adding the sweet almond glaze on top really makes them extra special.

Unlike many almond flour cookies, these ones are soft, not crunchy. So, if you are looking for a crunchy cookie, you may want to try something like my cranberry walnut cookies instead.

Ingredients Needed For Ricotta Cheese Cookies

The main ingredients in the cookie dough are almond flour, ricotta cheese, and butter. Using keto-friendly ingredients lowers the carb count to just 1 gram of net carbs per cookie.

Almond Flour

Make sure you use blanched almond flour so the skin of the nuts doesn’t ruin the cookie taste and texture.

Butter

There’s no salt added to the cookie dough because salted butter is used. But if you only have unsalted, you can use that and add in about 1⁄4 teaspoon of salft.

Ricotta Cheese

Whole fat ricotta cheese is recommended for the best texture and flavor. But if you are watching calories, a reduced fat cheese is okay to substitute.

Flavor Extracts

Make sure you use a vanilla extract with no added sugar. The cookies are traditionally made with almond extract too, but feel free to use other flavors to change the taste.

Sweetener

You’ll need a powdered sweetener for the glaze but any granular sugar substitute if fine to use for the cookie dough.

Note: The full list of ingredients used in the recipe are in the printable recipe card at the bottom.

ingredients for ricotta cheese cookies recipe

Quick Tips

  • Use a cookie scoop. To get uniformly sized cookies, it’s best to use a cookie scoop to make sure each dough scoop is the same size.
  • Line the baking pan. Gluten-free cookies tend to be more fragile that regular wheat flour cookies. So be sure to line the baking sheet with either a silicone mat or parchment paper for easy release.
  • Freeze the dough scoops before baking. If the butter melts too quickly during baking, the cookies will end up flat. Freezing the dough scoops for 10 to 15 minutes prior to baking should prevent ending up with flat cookies.
  • Try different flavor extracts. Lemon or orange extract is a great alternative to almond extract.

How To Make Almond Ricotta Cheese Cookies

The cookies are made in three easy steps: making the dough, baking the dough, and glazing the tops. Photos are provided here to help you with making the recipe. You’ll find the full step-by-step instructions in the recipe card below.

The wet ingredients are combined first and then a mixture of the dry ingredients is blended in. So cream the butter, sweetener, eggs, ricotta cheese, and extracts in a large mixing bowl first. Then combine the almond flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a smaller mixing bowl.

The dough comes together when the almond flour mix is stirred into the ricotta cheese mixture.

prep shot for making the ricotta cheese cookies dough

Drop scoops of dough about two inches apart on a lined baking sheet. Each scoop should be about one tablespoon.

For the best results, freeze the scoops for ten to fifteen minutes. Then bake until lightly browned. Allow the cookies to cool on the lined pan.

baking the cookie dough scoops on silicone lined baking sheet

Glaze The Cookies

The glaze is optional but it dresses up the top and adds a touch of sweetness. The icing is made by combining almond milk with powdered sweetener and almond extract. The almond flavoring can be replaced with another flavor or left out if desired.

Glaze the cookies by drizzling the icing over the cookies or spreading it over the tops.

glazing the almond ricotta cheese cookies

Recipe Suggestions

You can make the dough ahead of time and freeze until needed. It’s best to freeze the dough in mounds. That way, you can just remove the exact number of cookies you want to bake. The dough mounds can be baked right from the freezer!

The baked cookies also freeze well. So if you want to make a big batch, just freeze what you can’t eat right away. You’ll just need to thaw them in the refrigerator before serving.

tall stack of ricotta cheese cookies

Frequently Asked Questions About Ricotta Cheese Cookies

If you have questions about the recipe, check here first to see if it’s already answered. If not, leave a comment.

Can the cookies be left unrefrigerated?

It’s fine to leave the cookies out for a couple days at room temperature. But you’ll want to keep them in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh longer.

Why are my cookies flat?

The primary reason for flat cookies is that the butter melts too fast in the oven. That’s why it’s best to chill the dough before baking. Adding a little more almond flour can also prevent flat cookies.

Can an extra egg be added to the dough?

Adding another egg will result in more cake-like cookies so feel free to add in another if you’d like. However, there’s no need to add another egg unless you want a more rounded cookie.

How long will butter ricotta cheese cookies stay fresh?

The cookies will last at least a couple weeks in the refrigerator. When frozen, they will stay fresh for at least 3 months.

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If you love soft baked cookies, check out some of my other low-carb cookie recipes. Here’s a few that you may like:

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Almond Ricotta Cheese Cookies

Author: Lisa MarcAurele

4.69 from 16 votes

Although these low carb ricotta almond cookies are great plain, the sugar free almond paste on top really makes them extra special. Also gluten free!

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Prep Time7 mins

Cook Time18 mins

Total Time25 mins

Course: Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: Italian

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Servings 32 cookies
Calories 76

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sweetener, eggs, ricotta cheese, and extracts.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

  • Add the dry flour mix into the creamed mixture until dough forms.

  • Drop onto Silpat lined baking sheet using a cookie dough scoop. I recommend freezing the cookie dough scoops for 10 to 15 minutes before baking to prevent them from becoming too flat.

  • Bake 15 to 18 minutes at 350 °F until lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before removing as they are fragile when warm. If needed, place cookies on racks to cool completely.

  • Store cookies in the refrigerator.

Icing

  • Stir almond milk, powdered erythritol, and almond extract until smooth.

  • Brush or drizzle over cookies to frost.

Notes

  • Use a cookie scoop. To get uniformly sized cookies, it’s best to use a cookie scoop to make sure each dough scoop is the same size.
  • Line the baking pan. Gluten-free cookies tend to be more fragile that regular wheat flour cookies. So be sure to line the baking sheet with either a silicone mat or parchment paper for easy release.
  • Freeze the dough scoops before baking. If the butter melts too quickly during baking, the cookies will end up flat. Freezing the dough scoops for 10 to 15 minutes prior to baking should prevent ending up with flat cookies.
  • Try different flavor extracts. Lemon or orange extract is a great alternative to almond extract.

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Nutrition

Serving: 18g | Calories: 76 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Net Carbs: 1 g | % Carbs: 5.3 % | % Protein: 10.7 % | % Fat: 84 % | SmartPoints: 3

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First published on December 4, 2011. Post updated on May 3, 2021, with new images and additional recipe information.