I read yet another article yesterday, this one in the New York Times, about how eating raw cookie dough is bad for you.
Well, sure. Raw eggs can contain E. coli and other bacteria. But get this--the article was about how raw flour can be tainted.
Oh great, another thing to worry about while I continue to eat raw cookie dough. I can't help it, and let's face it, neither can you. Are any of you not susceptible to eating it? I'm looking around and I don't see any hands. OK, that's because I'm working late and there's no one else here. But still.
I am particulary partial to sweets that aren't that sweet. Contradiction? Not really. Give me tangy hard candy, tart gelato or a lightly sweet pastry and I'm happy. Sickly sweet sweets need not apply to be my dessert.
When David and I hosted the Inspecting Carol cast and crew dinner a couple of weeks ago, we were too crazed making the main course for me to spend a lot of time making dessert. I finally settled on these cookies.
The dough was irresistible, but the cookies were phenomenal. Cakey, slightly crumbly and just the right degree of sweet to follow a big meal. Definitely a keeper, with or without the sugar glaze on top.
|These are glazed, but the glaze is so light-colored that it doesn't show up in the photos.|
Lemon Ricotta Cookies
Adapted from Lidia's Italy in America by Lidia Bastianich
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
8 ounces part-skim ricotta, drained if necessary
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 tsp. lemon zest
For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup lemon juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
Prehear the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets by either spraying them with nonstick baking spray or covering them in parchment paper.
Whisk together the sifted flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a hand mixture on medium speed until the butter is light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one until thoroughly combined.
Add the ricotta, almond extract and lemon zest all at once and beat until the mixture is smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat very briefly on low speed.
Drop small lumps of the dough, about a tablespoon each, onto the prepared baking sheets. Don't worry if the lumps are not precisely even--that's part of the charm of these cookies.
Bake for 22 to 24 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden and fluffy. Transfer the cookies to wire racks and cool completely.
Makes approximately 36 cookies.