Fiori di Sicilia Cookies

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Pillowy ricotta cookies are scented with Fiori di Sicilia, a fragrant blend of citrus extracts.

Note: Fiori di Sicilia is a mixed citrus extract often used to flavor panettone. It's available online at King Arthur Flour.

About the author: Carrie Vasios Mullins is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

Fiori di Sicilia Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 2 dozen cookies
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
Special equipment:stand mixer, baking sheets, parchment paper
This recipe appears in: Cookie Monster: Fiori di Sicilia Cookies


  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 7 ounces full fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fiori di sicilia (see note)


  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. 2

    In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  3. 3

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in egg and egg yolk. Beat in ricotta and fiori di sicilia until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat until just combined.

  4. 4

    Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets and bake until lightly browned on the bottom, about 18 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.


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