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Italian Ricotta Cookies – Full Recipe and Video Tutorial

If you are looking for a tender, cake-like cookie that is not too sweet, but has a delightful lemon flavor that makes it perfect to pair with coffee or tea, this Italian Ricotta Cookie recipe will be one you want to try. These cookies are always a hit at our house. I even made 2 batches during Christmas in order to have some for my daughter to take back with her.

They are such a festive looking cookie to bake during Christmas and New Year’s, but you can make them any time of year. If you want, you can tint the icing with food coloring.  Some people like to tint it red or green for Christmas. You could tint it pink or blue for baby showers or gender reveal parties as well. I prefer white and just change the colors of the nonpareils or sugar sprinkles I use if I want to make them a bit different.

 

 

It is very important to use whole milk ricotta when baking these cookies, part skim does not taste the same. Also, be sure to cool the cookies on cooling racks before icing them. Never frost a hot or warm cookie. The recipe says to chill the dough, but if you are pressed for time, I have made them without chilling the dough and they came out fine.

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Ingredients

  • Ingredients For Dough
  • I cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups (15 oz) of whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2-1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp of sea salt
  • Ingredients For Icing
  • 1 tbs of melted butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk (use as needed to think icing to correct consistency)

Instructions

  1. Cream the 2 sticks of butter with sugar until fluffy with electric mixer. Add ricotta, lemon zest, vanilla extract and mix well. Add in eggs, one at a time. Scrape sides of bowl and then begin to slowly mix in flour, one cup at a time. Add baking soda and salt and mix until blended. If you want you can chill dough for several hours or overnight. You can also bake immediately.
  2. Scoop with a cookie scoop and place about 2" apart onto a non-stick baking sheet liner or parchment paper. Bake cookies at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Remove cookies and let cool on wire rack.
  3. To make icing, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and whisk into the confectioners sugar with lemon juice, add enough milk to make a spreadable icing. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread icing onto top of cookies and sprinkle with sprinkles, nonpareils, decorative sugar or other decors. Let cookies set until icing is hard.
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Watch my complete baking tutorial video for these cookies below.

 

Please let me know if you try them and what you think.

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Baking Up #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate Party Treats-Easy Tutorial

We were chosen to show our #DisneySide in the hosting of a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate Party. When the big box arrived, the kids were really excited to see what was inside! You can see our unboxing post and video HERE.

Next it was time to plan the snacks. We made Mickey Mouse Dipped OREO cookies and Devils Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow frosting that were decorated to look like Mickey.
#DisneyKidsMickey inspired cookies are a festive and fast to make. Just dip OREO Cookies in melted red candy wafers and then put white chocolate chips on them with the points cut off so they are a flat as possible. This is fast, easy and delicious.

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Bake cupcakes and frost, top with 2 mini OREO cookies to look like ears and then decorate with colored sugar, decors or sprinkles for a festive touch.

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They were a huge hit!!!

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We received a party package for our participation in hosting this event.

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Sweet Gift For Kids This Valentine’s Day That’s Not Bad For Their Teeth!

Would you like to get your kids a sweet gift this Valentine’s Day that won’t hurt their teeth. How about one that won’t have them bouncing off the ceiling from a sugar high? Well, I have a great suggestion. The new Sweet Scented Pillow Pets are an awesome choice that will thrill your kids with their softness, adorable looks and sweet, yummy smell.

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There are 3 New Sweet Pets available:

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GummiPup’s fruity scent of the favorite colorful gummy candy is enhanced with a fun, playful pattern of gummy bears dotting the colorful and soft belly.  This pup is a treat for all of the senses!

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Pupcake has a scent just like fresh baked cupcakes hot from the oven.

 

CookiePup

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CookiePup  smells like a yummy delicious chocolate chip cookie! Yummy puppy!

We recently had the chance to see for ourselves just what these sweet, cuddly cuties are like. CookiePup arrived at our house and was instantly showered with cuddles. He smells so good and of course, just as all the pillow pets, is cuddly soft and the perfect place for my little guy to rest his head. He could not wait to test him out. We love pillow pets in this house and my boys have several that have remained favorite sleepy time buddies. This sweet pup is so cute and so yummy smelling! He fits right in like he has always been one of our Pillow Pet family members.

If you are looking for a sweet gift that will be around long after Valentine’s Day, take a look at the Sweet Scented Pets. They are adorably delicious folding plush with subtle scent patches that remind you of childhood favorite treats!  Huggable and definitely lovable, these stuffed animals are perfect as a gift, room décor, travel buddy or overnight friend. Perfect for playtime, sleep time, or anytime, Sweet Scented Pillow Pets are surface washable and feature subtle, long-lasting scent patches

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Enjoy Cocoa, Cookies & Christmas Carols As You Cruise Through The City The Never Sleeps!

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If you are looking for a fun way to take in the sites of New York City and celebrate the holidays, you have to hear this! How does a warm and cozy cruise tailored for friends and family sound? Step inside Manhattan’s toasty solarium which is decked out in holiday decor for a 90 minute cruise to see the lights of New York City! Of course delicious hot cocoa, cookies and treats for all guests are included. Then join in on 20 to 30 minutes of live holiday carols or enjoy 2 live Jazz Trio Sets!

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Aboard the 1920’s style yacht, you can relax on the heated back deck salon to enjoy the gorgeous view of the island. Take in picturesque views from the glassed-in observatory.

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Along the way you will see:

The Yacht Manhattan in Full Holiday Decor!
Cocoa, Cookies & some sing-along Holiday Carols or live Holiday Jazz!
Battery Park, South Street Seaport & the Financial District
Governor’s Island, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Parts of Brooklyn & Queens & the NYC skyline
The Williamsburg, Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges of the East River

A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase. For more information to see cruise schedule please click HERE!  Receive 15% off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code 15COCOA – Valid for any Cocoa & Carols Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan II!

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Baking Up #BigGameTreats With SNICKERS® & Skittles®!!!

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The older I get, the more I can’t stand winter and in New York we are experiencing extreme, frigid temperatures.  The kind of dangerously low, temperatures causing our schools to close for!  We went into NYC this past Saturday and after going to the circus, I so badly wanted to walk with my husband and little ones on the streets of Manhattan, pick up some Italian pastries and show them the sites of the city that never sleeps.

However, literally a couple of blocks and we felt like we had frostbite so we ducked into a restaurant, had a late dinner and hailed a taxi to go back home.  Very disappointing.  It’s times like now I love when I see stores putting up spring displays and anything that makes January and the winter go faster.  Which is why when I went to Walmart to pick up some candy I needed for baking, I soaked in the spring merchandise on the shelves.

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I am focusing on the next big event, we will be entertaining friends and family for the “Big Game” in a few weeks.  I love to bake and so I tried out some recipes this past weekend.  Who doesn’t love chocolate, caramel and peanuts?  Not any one I know, so I was excited to mix it up in the kitchen with SNICKERS®.  I first made some decadent, SNICKERS® Cupcakes.

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Don’t they look fabulous? See the ooey, gooey filling!  SNICKERS® Minis  on top is so much better than a cherry.

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Would you like to make these?  I knew you would.  First thing is to bake up some chocolate cupcakes.  I used just a boxed Devil’s Food cake mix and prepared and baked according to the package directions.

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When the cupcakes are cool you make the filling by mixing milk, butter, soft caramels, chopped peanuts and marshmallow fluff.  You add milk, butter and caramels to a saucepan and melt on the stovetop over medium heat until melted stirring constantly.

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Then add peanuts and marshmallow fluff to the melted confection and stir until everything is combined well.  Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool and thicken for approximately 30-35 minutes.

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When you are ready to fill the cooled cupcakes, you cut out a hole in the middle of the top of the cupcake where the filling with go.  Then you can fill with a pastry bag and decorator tip all the cupcakes with the filling.

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For the cupcake frosting I made a peanut Butter Buttercream by mixing butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, peanut butter and milk.  Put the frosting in a pastry bag and top all the cupcakes with the frosting.

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Last I make a chocolate glaze by mixing confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder and milk and drizzle the glaze over the cupcakes.  Top each cupcake with a half of a SNICKERS® Minis. Yum, these made the final cut and it was a unanimous decision that they will be found on our game day buffet.   If you want to try the list of ingredients is below.

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Chocolate Cake Mix of Your Choice ( Prepare and Bake Cupcakes According To Package Directions)

 Cupcake Filling:

  • 3 Tbsp of Milk
  • 6 Tbsp of Butter
  • 8 Oz. Caramels
  • 1/4 Cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Peanuts

Peanut Butter Icing

  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 4 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp Milk
Chocolate Glaze and Topping
  • 1/2 + 1/8 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of Milk
  • 18 SNICKERS® Minis

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SNICKERS® Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies were the next treat on my baking agenda.  These are an easy peanut butter cookie that is stuffed with a SNICKERS® Mini.

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First step is to make your cookie dough so cream butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with your electric mixer.  Add egg, vanilla, milk, salt and baking soda and mix until completely combined.  Slowly add your flour a little at a time and mix until the dough comes together.  Chill your dough for at least 30 minutes.

Take your chilled dough and scoop out two tbsp. size  balls of dough, flatten slightly with the palm of your hand  and place a SNICKERS® Mini in the center of one of the flattened dough balls.

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Top with the other slightly fattened dough balls and seal the edges and form into a ball.   Continue this process placing the cookies on a cookie sheet approximately 2″ apart.

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Bake at  350 degrees F for 13-16 minutes or until they just begin to brown.

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Cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store the cookies in an airtight container or freeze them between layers of paper towels for up to 1 month.

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So what did my family think?  Was this cookie a game day winner?  You betcha and it will have its special place on our big game day buffet extravaganza!  Want to try them?  The recipe is below.

SNICKERS® Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Salted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1-1/2 Cups Flour
  • SNICKERS® Minis (about 20-24)

Okay one more but we are going to appeal to those who are looking for something less chocolatey and more tangy.  For those guests I  tried a Skittles®  Drop Sugar Cookie.  Big thick, soft and chewy sugar cookies with a colorful mix of Skittles® are easy to make and oh so good.  The cookie even has a lemony, citrus flavor from the candy.  It was quite remarkable when I tasted that because I was surprised they would flavor the cookie itself but it was a delicious surprise.

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I first made a drop sugar cookie batter.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy then beat in one egg plus one egg yolk.  Add vanilla and mix well.  Then incorporate the flour, baking soda and cornstarch (first combine the dry ingredients ) and mix until well blended.

I used a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough onto a cookie sheet and then pressed in the Skittles® candies on top.  If you had a favorite team that was yellow and red, purple and yellow etc, you could use just those 2 colors to show your support for your team!

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Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for about 12-14 minutes or until edges look set and just beginning to brown.  Remove and let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes and then remove them to cool completely on a cooling rack.  This recipe makes about 24 large cookies.  See full list of recipe ingredients below.

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Skittles® Drop Sugar Cookies

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Salted Butter
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg plus 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1-1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Skittles® Candy

From January 21-31, enter to win by purchasing 1 qualifying MARS Chocolate product and 1 qualifying Wrigley product at Walmart. All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt to show proof of purchase and text or email to biggame@drvsusa.com. 14 winners will be drawn randomly at the end of the contest period (1 for each day of the contest), and will receive a $250 Walmart gift card! For more information on the contest, visit drvsusa.com/biggame.

I would love you to share with me your results if you make any of these recipes and also share what you are planning on whipping up for the “Big Game!”

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Lékué 12×16″ Silicone, Clear Baking Mat Review & Giveaway!!!

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I love to bake and I have stone counters which are great for rolling out dough but it can be messy and require flour which causes most of the mess.  With the Lékué 12×16″ Silicone, Clear Baking Mat, I can roll my dough without the need for flour and then just wipe it and put it away.  The mat is also able to be used for kneading and can be placed on a baking sheet as well for even baking.  Whether using it for a work area or cookie sheet liner it eliminates the need for greasing or adding flour.  This cuts calories and time.  I made some of my favorite cut out soft sugar cookies and it performed beautifully.  It is a nice large sheet that has plenty of room for rolling and kneading cookies, breads or other like prep.Lékué 12×16″ Silicone, Clear Baking Mat

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My hands are wet, did not want you to think I was sweating, lol.

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Adorable Mickey Mouse Theme Cookies & Cupcakes!!!

Having a Disney party?  Maybe a Mickey Mouse theme?  If so you may want to try these easy to make adorable party cookies and cupcakes.  You will need Oreos, red chocolate melts and white chocolate chips for the cookies and cupcakes, frosting, Oreo Minis, and colorful nonpareils  and sprinkles for the cupcakes.

For the cookies follow along with the pictures for the simple steps:

Your ingredients to make the cookies.

Your ingredients to make the cookies.

 

Melt the chocolate per the instructions on the package.

Melt the chocolate per the instructions on the package.

 

Dip half the oreo in the melted chocolate, and place on a silicone lined baking tray or parchment paper to harden.

Dip half the oreo in the melted chocolate, and place on a silicone lined baking tray or parchment paper to harden.

Put 2 white chocolate chips to look like buttons on the red chocolate while still wet.

Put 2 white chocolate chips to look like buttons on the red chocolate while still wet.

Then let the whole confection harden.

Then let the whole confection harden.

 

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When they have hardened, they are ready to serve to your Mouseketeers!!!

When they have hardened, they are ready to serve to your Mouseketeers!!!

 

Bake your favorite flavor cupcakes and use your favorite white frosting.  I make my own buttercream but you could use canned frosting if you want.  Frost your cupcakes and then add colorful nonpareils or sprinkles and two Mini Oreos for ears.  Super easy and super cute for all the clubhouse guests.

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Hope you enjoyed this and share with me if you try it!  I have more Mickey treats coming up.

 

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Donsuemor Bakery Review & Giveaway!!!

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Starting with an original French recipe, Don and Susie Morris (Don-Sue-Mor) introduced madeleines to their Berkeley, California “gourmet ghetto” community in 1976. Together, the creative entrepreneur and the passionate baker created a treat unlike any other—a moist little cake with a fresh, unforgettable taste. Donsuemor continues their tradition of baking delicious bakery treats that bring delight to everyday life.

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I was recently sent a box of delicious assorted cookies from Donsuemor to review. Filled with delectable, soft, moist Madeleines,  nutty, sweet French Almond Cakes and assorted Biscotti, they were so good I did not want to share!  These cookies are perfect to serve with coffee or tea and make a lovely presentation for guests.  They’re also a great choice to bring when visiting as a hostess gift or to send to someone special.  Donsuemor Madeleines are now available at select Costco stores!

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BrightSpring Silicone Baking Mat Review & Giveaway!!!

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I love baking, so I was thrilled to review BrightSpring Silicone Baking Mats.  These flexible, silicone baking mats let you bake without greasing your cookie sheets with butter or oil.  They also help your cookies and other baked goods to cook evenly without burning.  Best of all, you will be able to get your baked goods off the mat when baked with ease because the silicone is non-stick.  After you are finished the mats clean right up with soap and water until the next time.  You can also use them to knead or roll dough without anything getting stuck.  I was sent 2 mats for review and want to get a third for that purpose.  No better time too because they are having a 1/2 price January Sale!!!  The mats are available on Amazon.com.

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  • HALF-PRICE JANUARY SALE!
  • Completely non-stick silicone baking mat
  • Even heat distribution giving you a perfect bake every time
  • Multi-purpose: you can use it for kneading, freezing, microwaving and baking
  • Safe for temperatures from -40°F to 480°F (-40°C to 248°C)
  • Food grade silicone, FDA approved
  • Easy clean so no more scrubbing burnt-on grease for you!

 

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The BrightSpring Silicone Baking Mat is a silicone coated, fiberglass mat that does the job parchment paper and grease are supposed to do but with perfect results EVERY TIME!  Using that mat will save you money and is a very green move in the kitchen since you will cut down on your use of parchment paper.  Using the mat can cut down on calories as well which is healthier, especially if you are trying to eat healthier.

I made some sugar cookies to test the mats out and they worked great!  The cookies cooked evenly and were easy to remove when baked.  Even though I decorated on the sheet before putting them in the oven and there was some spilling of the decorating sugars and nonpareils  onto the mat, the cleanup was a breeze with soap and water.

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Tons of Free Cookbooks For Kindle–Gluten Free, Slow Cooker, Baking, Vegetarian, Vegan, Low Fat, Sugar Free & More!!!

If you are just starting to recover from the Arctic Blast much of the country has been affected by, you may find it a good time to stay warm indoors and do some cooking or baking.  Amazon has a ton of great free Kindle Edition cookbooks available.  Freezer Meals, Slow Cooker, Gluten Free, Healthy, Juicing and more like the ones found below.  Take a look and scoop them up because prices change fast with Amazon!  Click directly on the books below or see the whole selection of free cookbooks starting HERE!

Freezer Meals

Quinoa

Light Easy Recipes

Icebox Cookies

Inspiring Lettuce Free Salads

Gluten Free Living

Coconut Oil Handbook

Gluten Free Almond Flour

Many, Many More Like These Below:

Gluten-free Flour Book Package: The Coconut Flour Cookbook & The Almond Flour Cookbook

Top 30 Easy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Women: Set It and Forget It (First Vegetarian Recipes Cookbook for Busy Women)

Vegan Slow Cooker: 99 Super Easy, Incredibly Delicious Vegan One-Pot Slow Cooker Recipes You Can Set and Forget

The Modern Slow Cooker Cookbook

I Love Brownies: The World’s Best Brownies

See The Full List Here!!!

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