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.

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Coconut Lime Ricotta Cookies

5 from 1 vote

Deliciously soft, melt-in-your-mouth tender cookies with a bright lime and sweet coconut flavor.

Servings: 25
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4.  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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coconut Lime Ricotta Cookies
Author: Jaclyn


  • Connie: Can you tell me which brand of coconut extract you use. I’m seeing many brands, and the lime extract as well..thank you February 4, 2019 at 6:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I actually just bought it from a kitchen supply store that was sold in bulk so it didn’t have a label. Any of them should be fine but preferably those will real flavor. February 4, 2019 at 8:25pm Reply

  • FF: These sound great & I want to make them early next week but I haven’t been able to find coconut extract anywhere. Can you suggest where to find it? Or at least a substitute for it? No time to order on-line or make my own per Alton Brown. Thanks. June 3, 2018 at 9:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: There’s usually always imitation coconut exctract by the vanilla and other extracts in the baking isle. I found real coconut extract at a local kitchen supply store so you may want to try that. June 3, 2018 at 1:32pm Reply

  • ff: I’d like to try these, but where can I find coconut extract? Or is there a substitute for it? Thanks. May 31, 2018 at 10:32am Reply

  • Zuma: DIVINE!!! Just DIVINE! My favorite combination of coconut and lime flavors – right away feeling somewhere in Caribbeans by every bite of it!

    By chance I came across your website 2 days ago and already made 3 recipes and will be continuing. When searching for recipes first thing that catches my attention is pictures and yours are great! Next I read the recipe and sugar/flour/butter proportions. Your proportions perfectly matches what I look for in the recipe. And last, what keeps me coming back is how easy it is to navigate on a particular website. Your page is organized perfectly for that purpose. Thank you very much for great job you are doing!

    PS: My husband told me if I did not write you he will as he is so pleased with all 3 items I made so far. January 11, 2018 at 3:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love this comment! Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m so glad you are now following along! :) January 17, 2018 at 12:15pm Reply

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