Coconut Lime Ricotta Cookies


Meet a new and exciting, melt in your mouth cookie… Coconut Lime Ricotta Cookies! They are purely divine! To put them in words, just imagine an Italian cookie meets a refreshing tropical or Latin cake doughnut (that was my thought, my husband said they remind him of Alfajore cookies).

If you want to be a good cook I firmly believe you have to be willing to take risks in the kitchen. It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things, mixing new flavors. One of my dreams and aspirations is to be a great cook (on the Food Network may I add =), so this recipe is the result of me trying something daring and exciting in the kitchen. I knew it would either be an utter failure or something spectacular. I’m proud to say they turned out to be the later, they are completely spectacular. Someone please tell me, how do I stop myself from eating five at once? The combination of flavors in this cookie may be one that you question with the Ricotta cheese combine with coconut and lime, I myself questioned it (before trying them) but you wouldn’t believe how well all the flavors blend together! And don’t worry, you don’t really taste the Ricotta cheese.  It’s not like this is a lasagna cookie. It just gives these cookies a wonderful texture.
Never tried Ricotta cookies before? Then I must say this is the Ricotta cookie recipe you’re going to want to try!
If you’re wondering what to do with the remaining 7.5 oz of Ricotta (if you bought a 15 oz container), double the batch of cookies or make half of a batch of Manicotti.


Coconut Lime Ricotta Cookies

Yield: 25 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 7.5 oz Ricotta cheese , whole fat or low fat (this is 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup if you don't have a scale)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 recipe Coconut Lime Glaze , recipe follows
  • 1 cup toasted coconut (optional)

Coconut Lime Glaze

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in egg. Mix in Ricotta cheese, coconut milk, vanilla extract, coconut extract and lime zest. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Form dough into 2 Tbsp balls each and and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake 15 - 16 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool 30 minutes then spoon a heaping 1/2 teaspoon glaze over each cookie, use the back of the teaspoon to spread glaze over cookie. Before glaze begins to harden and set sprinkle with optional toasted coconut (garnish lightly with additional lime zest if desired). For a set glaze allow cookies to rest for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or for a sticky glaze enjoy immediately. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Coconut Lime Glaze

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until well combine.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • The Cooleys: Ahhhh! The coconut lime combo wins me over from the start. What a creative risk with the ricotta! Glad it paid off. Can’t wait to try these. The next food network star would be a good show for you! May 9, 2012 at 9:16pm Reply

  • Courtney J: Yum!!!! These look so delicious! Love coconut and lime – and ricotta cookies are always so yummy. May 10, 2012 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Cathleen: Oh my goodness. Your photos are gorgeous! I love coconut, but have never had that combination before (for some odd reason, I can’t tell you) I NEED to try it! May 10, 2012 at 7:56pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: The Cooleys – thank you that is so nice of you to say! It’s fun to dream =).
    and thanks Courtney for your comment! May 10, 2012 at 9:31pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Cathleen – thanks for your comment, you always leave such nice comments that make my day =). I hope you get a chance to make these soon, they are delish! May 10, 2012 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Salted Carolyn: I just made the cookies. Yumm. I added toasted coconut into the cookie because I had no coconut extract. The lime/coconut combo is one of my favorites. I put toasted coconut into my key lime pie crust sometimes…delicious. Thanks for the yummy recipe. May 11, 2012 at 8:26am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Salted Carolyn – I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed these and great substitution! Thanks for the comment! And the next time I make key lime pie I’m going to have to try that, it sounds amazing I might even add some coconut extract to the filling. Thanks for the idea! May 11, 2012 at 5:00pm Reply

  • Logan: Great googly-moogly these cookies are fantastic!! They turned out the decadent little pillows of fluff! So delicious! Thanks for the recipe! May 16, 2012 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Logan – I love how you described these that seriously fits them perfect! You’re so welcome, glad you enjoyed and thank you for the comment! May 16, 2012 at 6:57pm Reply

  • Anonymous: yum! I made these delicious cookies for my family and we loved them! My husband took them to work and everyone there loved them too! I did add some green food coloring to the cookie dough though for a fun “lime” color :) August 3, 2012 at 2:27pm Reply

  • mindfullyspiced: I was searching for something different to make for my cookie exchange this weekend and since I’m not a cookie fan (generally speaking!) …… your cookie recipes have now left me really indecisive as to which one to make now! I was decided on the Girl Scout copycat cookie, until I saw this….. Lovely blog, beautiful pictures and amazing recipes !!! I take my hat off to you …. December 11, 2012 at 9:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for your nice compliments! I hope you enjoy what you try! December 11, 2012 at 11:23pm Reply

  • Katy W: AMAZING cookies! thanks so much for sharing :) February 13, 2013 at 1:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Katy! February 16, 2013 at 12:14am Reply

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  • Lauren: These were fantastic! Loved the texture, the glaze was amazing and the added crunch of toasted coconut took them over the top. Definitely a great recipe! Thanks! February 10, 2014 at 8:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked these cookies Lauren! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! February 10, 2014 at 8:39pm Reply

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  • Kat: This was my first attempt at ricotta cookies, and I had no idea what to expect. I was afraid they were going to be those crunchy plain bleh cookies that people bring to cookie exchanges. But nope, not at all. These are SO delicious! Soft but sort of chewy… and delicate. I love the coconut and lime variation on it. I looked and found a lot of lemon or vanilla flavors, but this definitely sounded best, and I’m really happy with them. Great recipe! April 24, 2015 at 6:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Kat! Thanks for your review! April 24, 2015 at 4:52pm Reply

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