Lemon and Ricotta Sandwich Cookies

Ricotta in biscuits? Are you sure? I am not very good at mixing savoury and sweet thing together, think chocolate pretzels....seems a weird thing to coat a savoury snack in. Too me, ricotta is that soft cheese you get in ravioli not something you mix with lemon to make a biscuit. However the new Hummingbird Bakery Book - Home Sweet Home thought different with these Lemon and Ricotta cookies.

 I changed it up a bit and decided to sandwich two of the cookies together with the filling. The reason? Just to be greedy; two cookies instead of one!

  • For the cookies:
    • 350g plain flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 110g unsalted butter, softened
    • 400g granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 (425g) container whole milk ricotta cheese
    • 3 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 lemon, zested

    • For the filling:
    • 300g icing sugar
    • 3 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 lemon, zested

  • ♥ Using an electric mixer, cream 2 sticks butter with sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add ricotta, lemon zest and 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and beat well. 

    ♥ Beat in the eggs one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula, then beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours and up to a week.

    ♥ Heat oven to 180 degrees and line several cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick liners. Shape tablespoons of dough into balls. 

    ♥ Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake until pale golden on the bottom, about 15 minutes. Let cool on wire racks

    ♥ Melt remaining tablespoon butter. Whisk icing sugar to break up any large lumps, then whisk in melted butter, lemon juice, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and enough milk to make a spreadable icing. 

    ♥ Spread icing on cooled cookies, sandwich together, then let set for at least 20 minutes before serving to avoid mess!

Any excuse to eat extra cookies!


  1. These look beautiful! My mum-n-law would go mad for these. She loves lemon. Thanks for a lovely recipe.

    1. Thank you, they will be perfect if she loves lemon! I do aswell, that why I drizzled more lemon of the lemon filling over the top. Yum.

      Bella x

  2. These look gorgeous. They remind me of Jammy Dodgers but look posher and nicer.

    1. Thank you - never thought of that! I love Jammy Dodgers so these are a good fruity alternative. Although I think jam and cream will always be one of the best biscuits combinations out there!