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12 Day of Christmas Cookies

These easy cookie recipes are perfect for the holiday season, whether you swap them with friends, serve cookies at holiday parties, leave them out for Santa, or give them as gifts!

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Ricotta Almond Cookies

4.75 (8 Votes)
MAKES
4 dozen
COOK TIME
11 Min
READY IN
11 Min

After finding this handwritten recipe from her mother, Rosemary, from Schenectady, New York gave it a shot and her family and friends have since enjoyed these cookies which she won first place for in our first annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest!

What You'll Need:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 stick butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds for garnish
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together eggs, sugar, ricotta cheese, shortening, and 1 teaspoon almond extract, until smooth. Alternately add flour mixture and chopped almonds to ricotta mixture, and beat until well blended. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, remaining almond extract, and water; mix well until smooth. Drizzle cooled cookies with frosting and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
Notes

For more great Christmas cookie recipes, be sure to check out our collection of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies II: More Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes You'll Love.

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