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Zucchini Ricotta Cookies

Zucchini Ricotta Cookies are super soft, cake-like cookies with a light lemony flavor and a big burst of blueberry!

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The ingredient list:

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  • shredded zucchini
  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • whole milk ricotta cheese
  • pure vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • lemon zest
  • kosher salt
  • fresh blueberries
  • confectioners sugar (for buttercream drizzle, or sugar dusting)
  • butter (for buttercream drizzle)
  • lemon juice (for buttercream drizzle)

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How to store these cookies, and for how long:

Store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can the blueberries be omitted from these zucchini ricotta cookies?

Yep.

If you’re not a fan, or maybe don’t have them available, please feel free to omit them.

The texture of the cookie will not change too much if omitting the blueberries.

Can these cookies be frozen after baking?

Yes, but I’m guessing the texture of these zucchini ricotta cookies will be even softer once they’re thawed than they were without freezing.

However, I’ve not tried freezing them so I can’t 100% guarantee the texture will change. I’m just guessing.

How to remove excess water from shredded zucchini?

What about the lemon buttercream drizzle? Can that be omitted?

Sure thing!

I happened to be making a lemon buttercream icing for another sweet zucchini recipe (a Zucchini Gingerbread Bundt Cake, recipe coming soon). I had some leftovers so I decided to use it for these cookies to spruce the end product up a bit.

While it’s certainly not necessary to drizzle these cookies with lemon buttercream icing, it’s certainly not a bad thing either. LOL

Should you choose not to use the buttercream drizzle, but want to give your cookies a more finished appearance, once they’re out of the oven (and totally cool) why not dust them liberally with confectioners sugar?

Yum and Yum!!

The step-by-step photo instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together 8 tablespoons of butter along with 1 cup of granulated sugar.
  • Add 2 large eggs, and 1½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Blend until creamy.
  • Add 1 cup ricotta cheese to the mixture and blend to combine.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour baking powder, and salt.
  • Add half the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and blend.
  • Add the remaining flour mixture to the batter and blend until combined.
  • Add the lemon zest, shredded (dried) zucchini, and blueberries to the batter and stir gently with a spatula to combine.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop or two tablespoons to drop the cookie batter onto parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving plenty of space between the cookies. I did 8 cookies per baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for a total of 22-24 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through the baking process.
  • Remove to cooling racks to cool completely before frosting or dusting with confectioners sugar.
A directly overhead photo of a wooden tray filled with Zucchini Ricotta Cookies with a lemon buttercream icing drizzle.

Additional sweet and/or savory zucchini recipes:

*Eggplant Zucchini Bread (shown below and featured in the video)

Yep, you read that right… Eggplant Zucchini Bread. It’s so moist and flavorful, AND it’s a great way to bump up the nutrition level of your next zucchini quick bread without anyone being the wiser.

A loaf of sliced eggplant zucchini bread on a white rectangular plate with a eggplant and zucchini in the background.

*Zucchini and Sweet Corn Souffle (not shown)

When you’re looking for an unusual vegetable dish that pales all others in comparison, then this Zucchini and Sweet Corn Soufflé is just the recipe you need.

*Italian Layered Zucchini Parmesan (shown below)

Layered Zucchini Parmesan has all the flavors you love about pizza or lasagna but without all those annoying carbs to weigh you down.

Layered zucchini parmesan on a white scalloped plate with a skillet in the background and an orange napkin.

*Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with Peanut Butter (not shown)

Three great tastes that go great together. These Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with Peanut Butter are a delicious twist on a sweet zucchini muffin that I’ll bet you didn’t see coming!

*Zucchini Ricotta Cookies with Lemon and Blueberry (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s sweet zucchini cookies.

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Zucchini Ricotta Cookies with Lemon and Blueberries

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Zucchini Ricotta Cookies are super soft, cake-like cookies with a light lemony flavor and a big burst of blueberry!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course cookies, Dessert – Cookies
Cuisine Dessert, Italian
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 105 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the cookies:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened (I use salted butter)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • cups shredded zucchini, well dried
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest from approximately 2 large lemons
  • teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups blueberries

For the drizzle topping:

  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar plus additional (if needed) for desired consistency
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice plus additional (if needed) for desired consistency

Instructions
 

  • To make the cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together 8 tablespoons of butter along with 1 cup of granulated sugar.
  • Add 2 large eggs and 1½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Blend until creamy.
  • Add 1 cup ricotta cheese to the mixture and blend to combine.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour baking powder, and salt.
  • Add half the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and blend.
  • Add the remaining flour mixture to the batter and blend until combined.
  • Add the lemon zest, shredded (dried) zucchini, and blueberries to the batter and stir gently with a spatula to combine.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop or two tablespoons to drop the cookie batter onto parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving plenty of space between the cookies. I did 8 cookies per baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for a total of 22-24 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through the baking process.
  • Remove to cooling racks to cool completely before frosting, or dusting with confectioners sugar.
  • To make the lemon buttercream drizzle:
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and blend with a hand mixer until you reach your desired drizzle consistency.
  • Add more liquid for a thinner drizzle, and add more confectioners sugar for a thicker drizzle.
  • Drizzle over cookies by using a piping bag, or spoon a light drizzle over the cooled cookies.

Notes

If desired sprinkle cooled cookies with confectioners sugar instead of the lemon buttercream drizzle.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Lemon ricotta cookies, ricotta cookies, zucchini ricotta cookies, zucchini ricotta cookies with lemon and blueberries
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Recipe Rating




Diana

Monday 2nd of August 2021

These cookies sound heavenly. I'm going to making some and sharing them at work this week.

Ashley

Monday 2nd of August 2021

These are so delicious! I love the combo of flavors.