This recipe for Ricotta cookies or Biscotti di Ricotta is adapted from Lidia's favourite recipes cookbook. I halved the original recipe to make about 18 cookies, if you make the full recipe with the quantities below it will make about 3 1/2 dozen. I didn't add vanilla extract as I used vanilla flavoured sugar. I also didn't coat the cookies with the suggested 2 cups of icing sugar mixed with 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice because it was sweet enough for us without the confectioner's sugar.
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup fresh ricotta drained
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one lemon (I think this is optional)
Mix the flour, salt and baking powder and leave aside.
Beat the sugar with the butter until fluffy and light, then add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Add the ricotta and lemon zest if using and beat only until it combines. Add the flour mixture and beat in low speed only till it incorporates, do not over mix.
In a cookie sheet pan with a baking sheet place a tbsp on dough about an inch apart and bake at 325F for 20 to 22 minutes until the cookies are puffed and golden. Halfway through the 20 minutes of baking rotate the pan ones.
After it bakes cool the cookies on a wire rack. When the cookies are completely cool enjoy. I found the cookies soft and delicious.Lidia's favourite recipes cookbook has 100 fool proof Italian dishes that has got many ravings, which she has revised and updated to make it more concise and clear with information such as affordability, seasonality and nutritional value. Looking through the book, I found the recipes easy to follow. The book has lovely pictures for some recipes, although I would have liked a picture for all the recipes.
The content is separated into appetizers, salads/soups, sandwiches/pizzas, primi, sauces, vegetable sides, seafood, mean/chicken and desserts. I wish the author included substitutions for alcoholic ingredients :) because there were a lot of recipes that use alcohol, which prevents me from trying the recipes.
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