I made fresh homemade ricotta recently and will never look back. It takes less than 30 minutes and is so incredibly delicious and smooth and creamy. With that ricotta, I made these little bites of heaven. Adapted from the great Lidia Bastianich’s famous Lemon Ricotta cookies, these have just a subtle undertone of grapefruit. For those who are a bit afraid of grapefruit’s intensity, tang, and bitterness, these cookies are for you. They have all the flavor, but none of that bite!
The Great Grapefruit
When I was growing up, fruit always ran aplenty in my household. My mom served a huge platter of fruit every night after dinner. It was mainly meant for my dad, but the four of us occasionally snagged some for dessert, too. My mom also frequently served grapefruit as a sort of appetizer before dinner. My sisters and I used to pour, and I mean really pour, sugar on top of those suckers and devour the sugar-laden grapefruit sections with our serrated grapefruit spoons. It’s one of those things I never thought much about until I went to other people’s houses for dinner and there was no fruit or grapefruit and certainly none of those spoons that were specifically meant only for removing individual sections of grapefruit from each half. I wonder what happened to those spoons…
Pairing Grapefruit & Ricotta
Clearly, I developed a penchant for grapefruit back then. And, it’s still one of those foods that I really love and try to find uses for other than dousing in sugar. And so was born these grapefruit ricotta cookies! The strong flavor of grapefruit paired with the smooth and creamy ricotta offset each other perfectly to make for a delicately flavored bite. I do still dip these in sugar cuz, well, the flavors complement each other so well. I guess me and my sisters were onto something back then!
Preparing These Cookies
These Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies couldn’t be easier to prepare. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, cream the butter and sugar then add in your eggs, ricotta, vanilla and the zest of one grapefruit (love me some citrus zest, it smells wonderful!) then mix wet and dry ingredients. Drop onto cooking sheets, bake, cool, then glaze with a simple mixture of grapefruit juice and powdered sugar. I like to decorate the top with a little extra zest for added color, too. These cookies keep for up to a week at room temperature.
I hope you enjoy this variation on a classic as much as I do!Print
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