Gluten-free Lemon Ricotta Cookies #glutenfree

Gluten-Free Lemon Ricotta Cookies

These gluten-free lemon ricotta cookies are made with Kite Hill Almond Milk Ricotta Cheese and a blend of gluten free flours.  They are light and fluffy with a little sweet, lemony tang from the glaze.  It was my first swing at this recipe and I’m super excited about how they turned out.

I originally bought the ricotta to use in a baked ziti dish but changed the recipe at the last minute and used a cheesy béchamel sauce instead.  So I had a container of this almond based ricotta cheese and didn’t want it to go to waste.  So I thought why not make cookies.  I used the fabulous Giada’s recipe for lemon ricotta cookies with lemon glaze as a starting point.

The Kite Hill Ricotta comes in an 8 ounce container instead of the typical 15 ounce ricotta containers so I just cut her recipe in half.  Then I had to decide which gluten free flours to use.  Because I wanted the cookies to be lighter, I choose sweet white rice flour, tapioca and potato starch.

And we’ve also started using organic cane sugar from Wholesome in our baking.  It is a finer crystal than the raw cane turbinado sugar that I particularly like for sprinkle on top of cookies and muffins.

I used an ice cream scoop to transfer the cookie dough onto parchment paper placed onto a cookie sheet.  When I baked the first batch, I noticed that they did not change shape.  So I flattened the cookies in the second batch.  But the ball form cookies actually had a slightly nicer texture.  The batter made 28 cookies using a 1 1/2-inch scooper.

At first I wasn’t going to add the lemon glaze, but they aren’t very sweet so I went ahead and added a few squeezes of lemon juice to a few tablespoons of powered sugar to make a kind of a glaze and spooned just a little bit onto each cookie.  It absorbed into the cookie instead of creating a hard shell.  They were really delicious, light and fluffy!  Yay.

Gluten-free Lemon Ricotta Cookies #glutenfree
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  • 3/4 cup sweet white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • 1/2 aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup ghee, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz Kite Hill Almond Milk Ricotta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Raw cane turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)
  • For the glaze
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the flours, guar gum, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand alone mixer or large bowl, beat together the softened ghee and organic cane sugar. Once that is nice and creamy - add the egg, then the ricotta cheese and lastly the lemon juice and zest. Mix until well combined.
  4. Now add the dry ingredients and beat until everything is well-combined.
  5. Use an ice cream scooper or spoon to transfer the cookie dough to the baking sheets. If you would like, sprinkle with a little raw cane turbinado sugar. Then bake for about 15 minutes (I prefer to cook only one baking sheet at a time). Transfer the cookies and parchment paper to a cooling rack. Let cool completely.
  6. Mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Spoon a little over each of the cookies and let absorb into the cookie.

Deana Larkin Evans

Hi! I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I also create weekly menus to save time and money while reducing stress and food waste. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010 and dairy/casein-free (except for the occasional Parmesan or goat cheese) in 2014. I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course.

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