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Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies recipe

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies.

The Meyer lemon is a smaller, sweeter versionof lemon that originated in China and is thought to be a crossbetween a lemon and a Mandarin orange. These tender, citrus-flavoredcookies, festively dressed in silver dragees, make a delightfuladdition to your holiday cookie platter.

Recipe: Meyer Lemon RicottaCookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 (15 ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract or 1 teaspoon lemon and/or tangerinebaking oil
3 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest, freshly grated*
1 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon saltGlaze:
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
Decorating sugar, silver dragees (small silver balls), optional

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine butter and sugar in bowl; creamtogether until light and fluffy. Add eggs, Ricotta, lemon extract(or baking oil), zest and juice; blend well.
  • Add 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt;blend to combine. Add remaining flour in two parts, blendingto combine between each, until a dough forms.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apartonto baking sheets. Bake until cookie edges are very light golden,about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cookies rest on baking sheet fora few minutes and transfer to wire cooling rack.
  • While cookies cool, prepare glaze by creamingtogether butter and sugar. Continue to mix, gradually addingjuice until desired consistency. Decorate cooled cookies addingdragees or decorating sugar, if desired, before icing sets.

    Makes about 3 1/2 to 4 dozen.

    *Meyer lemons are available mid-Novemberthrough early spring in specialty food stores. You will need2 to 3 medium-sized lemons. Regular lemons can be substituted.

    Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

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    I have a Meyer lemon tree in my yard and these light cookies are a departure from all the other things people do. My friends ask for them by name! How did others rate this recipe?

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