Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies

We enjoyed a really great Thanksgiving weekend with lots of family and fun. I hope you all did too! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m turning my thoughts to Holiday baking. I can’t believe Christmas is now in less than a month. This year, I wanted to work on a cookie that tastes more like a tea cookie rather than something too sweet like my usual fare. Since lemon and poppy seed is one of my favorite combinations, I decided they would be perfect in cookie form. These lemon ricotta poppy seed cookies came together quickly and easily and had my beloved Italian flare.

The dough for the lemon ricotta poppy seed cookies had really simple ingredients, which allowed them all to shine. My beloved stand mixer did the work for me in minutes!
The dough was really sticky, so there was no way for me to handle it. I used my trusty cookie scoop to just scoop perfect mounds of the dough right onto my lined baking sheets. This recipe yielded 55 cookies total, which was perfect for high volume Holiday baking.
When the lemon ricotta poppy seed cookies came out of the oven, they were perfection. They were slightly golden around the edges but still a bit pale. The faint smell of lemon filled the kitchen too, which I loved.

After the cookies cooled for a few minutes on the trays, I put them on my cooling racks to finish cooling. Oh my goodness, they were just what I wanted in a cookie. They were so soft and not overly sweet. I also loved how simple they were. These babies will be a fantastic addition to my cookie tins by adding a little sunshine, and I hope you all love them too! xoxo

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies
Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies
Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies
Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies


4.34 from 3 votes
Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies
Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

These lemon ricotta poppy seed cookies are simple to make and such a joy to eat! They're not overly sweet, pillowy soft and so fantastic with tea.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies
Servings: 55 cookies
Calories: 235 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 container whole milk ricotta cheese 15 ounce size
  • 1 whole lemon zested
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice from the zested lemon
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and line two sheet trays with silicone mats or parchment paper. Then combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk them together to aerate them. Set the bowl aside. Get out a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and combine the sugar, butter, ricotta and lemon zest in its bowl. Beat them together thoroughly until pale and fluffy. Then add in the lemon juice, followed by the eggs. Finally, turn the speed to low and slowly add in the dry ingredients until you have a soft dough. Turn off the mixer and switch to a spatula to fold in the poppy seeds.
  2. Use a 1.5 inch cookie scoop to scoop perfect mounds of the dough right onto the prepared cookie sheets. I fit 15 on each of my two sheets for the first batch. Bake them for 15-20 minutes, until set and slightly golden around the edges. Let them cool for 5 minutes or so, then transfer them to a rack to finish cooling. Let the trays cool for another 10 minutes or so, then fill them up again for the second batch. This recipe yielded 55 cookies total using that cookie scoop, so the second batch had 15 on one sheet and 10 on the other. Once the second batch bakes and cools, seal them in containers and serve them as needed! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cookies
Amount Per Serving (3 cookies)
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.9g12%
Saturated Fat 4.6g29%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 37.3g12%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 22.5g25%
Protein 5.3g11%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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