Italian Cheese Cookies

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These delightfully decadent cookies are the perfect sweet treat to finish a zesty main course.

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sweet Vanilla Icing:
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 T. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Optional: red food coloring


  1. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to blend sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and ricotta cheese. Gradually stir in flour; mix in baking soda. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 13 minutes. Cool on wire racks. To prepare Sweet Vanilla Icing: mix all icing ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed. Spread Sweet Vanilla Icing over cookies.
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