Taroles (Ricotta Cookies)

Lastly, we have Taroles, or, Ricotta cookies. These aren't necessarily christmas cookies but I added a little red sugar to the tops to jazz them up. I have been shocked by the amount of people in my life who have never heard of Taroles- (that and monkey bread and puppy chow- did these people have childhoods?!?!) maybe its a Pennsyvania thing, or maybe they just didn't eat as much junk food (albeit. Homemade junk food) growing up, but I can assure you my children will grow up with all three!

Many Tarole recipes have lemon in them, but I come from the school of thought where lemon has no place in my desserts. None. There is also a nice glaze that can go over them for an extra sweetness, but are just
fine without them.

These remind me both of my mom and my friend Mandy. I remember Mandy bringing in a huge bag of these one year to a rehearsal for our spring musical and the entire cast pretty much annihilated the bag. Ah, good

Taroles (Ricotta Cookies)

1/2 cup soft butter (1 stick)
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsps. vanilla
1 pound Ricotta cheese
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cream together butter and sugar
3. Add eggs, vanilla, Ricotta cheese and beat with an electric mixer
4. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
5. Use a wooden spoon to mix this in with the creamed mixture (the butter, sugar, eggs, and cheese).
6. Drop by the spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 15 minutes.

So that was my week of cookies! Molasses Spice, Sugar Cookie Cut-outs and Taroles! My next goal is to try three new cookie recipes this weekend. These last three are tried and true, but I also want to bring some new recipes to the table. What are your favorite holiday recipes?


  1. These look tasty! My family always made Italian anisette (licorice flavor) cookies for the holidays when I was growing up. They are still my favorite to this day. A very merry Christmas to you and your family, Laura!

  2. Yum! I would love to try these; I might have to make some.

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  4. I can't WAIT to make these! YUM!


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