Coconut Lime Ricotta Cookies

Published May 9, 2012. Updated August 21, 2019

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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

Deliciously soft, melt-in-your-mouth tender cookies with a bright lime and sweet coconut flavor.
Servings: 25
Prep30 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour


Coconut Lime Glaze


  • 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

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until well combine.


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  • Ruth Stutts

    This is my new FAVORITE cookie!!!! Thank you JACKLYN!!!
    The coconut lime combination is fantastic. I’m lactose intolerant so swapped out the ricotta cheese for Lactaid brand of cottage cheese and used Green Valley lactose free butter instead of regular butter. Because I love coconut, I added 1 cup of coconut to the cookie dough and another cup to the glaze. The cookies are so moist, light and fresh – perfect for spring and summer. They freeze very well too. To me they taste even better semi-frozen/chilled.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m glad you were able to successfully make them lactose free, thanks for the tips Ruth!

  • Emy

    I love these! I’ve made them so many times. Just made them as a COVID quarantine treat since I had some ricotta around. I didn’t have coconut milk in the apartment this time around I used coconut cream instead and they still came out yummy.
    They’re always a hit when I bring them into work, one of my co workers even called them “crack cookies” because they’re so addictive.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Canned coconut milk. The dairy isle style I like to refer to as coconut milk beverage. It does get confusing.

      • Sandra

        Thank you! I look forward to making these this weekend. And by the way, I follow many cooking blogs and you are the first to actually respond to a question. I sincerely appreciate that!

  • 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

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

  • 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.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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.

  • ff

    I’d like to try these, but where can I find coconut extract? Or is there a substitute for it? Thanks.

  • 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.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I love this comment! Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m so glad you are now following along! :)