Friday Cookbook Review: Giada’s Kitchen – New Italian Favorites

“Giada’s Kitchen – New Italian Favorites”, Giada de Laurentiis, Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2008

You’ve seen and used cookbooks like this many times. One of the favorite Food Network stars compiles enough recipes to fill a hundred or so pages, each paired with a mouth watering full color photograph and just enough editorial to give it a “personal” angle.  Not all are hits, frankly, but some are better than others. This is one of those. read the complete review here.

I’m not much of a baker, but of late I’ve been into cookies. This recipe not only looks and tastes great, but gives me a way to put a dent in this year’s bumper harvest of lemons.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Makes 44 cookies

2 1/2C all-purpose flour
1t baking powder
1t salt
1/2C (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temp
2C granulated sugar
2 eggs
15 oz. whole ricotta cheese
zest of 1 lemon
3T freshly squeezed lemon juice

Glaze:
1 1/2C confections’ sugar
zest of 1 lemon
3T freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice and beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon the dough onto the baking sheets using about 2T for each cookie. Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.

While they cool, combine the confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2t of the glaze onto each cooled cookie and use the back of the spoon to spread it to the edges. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours. Pack the cookies in an airtight container.

lemon pic courtesy of http://www.delawareonline.com

Kent McDonald is a Certified Personal Chef, living and working in Phoenix, AZ. (c) All Rights Reserved, 2009

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