These Italian Christmas cookies are made with ricotta cheese, giving them a soft, cake-like texture.
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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine sugar and butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add ricotta cheese, egg and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract; continue beating until well mixed. Gradually add flour, baking powder and salt, beating at low speed after each addition.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes; remove to cooling racks.
Combine powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon glaze over cooled cookies; decorate with sprinkles as desired. Store in tightly covered container.