i should be mopping the floor: Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

A wonderful recipe for spring! Perfect for extra ricotta when you've made lasagne.

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar or more as needed for sprinkling
(I actually used the decorative sugar sprinkles to add a little texture to mine...loved that!)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup thinly sliced almonds

We doubled the recipe....hence the sheer magnitude of lemons you see here in our ingredient line-up. And doubling made even more than I dreamed. I thought we would come out with two dozen, instead I had 2 1/2 dozen plus 2 dozen mini muffins. We had muffins coming out of our ears today!
This child has eaten (not just tasted or chewed on but actually eaten) lemons since he was a wee little tike. It's bizarre. We realize how bizarre it is when we go out to eat with people and he's bartering for lemons from our water to eat them (rind and all)....and our friends' look of shock is pretty apparent. I always figure there's a whole lot worse he could be eating. It is fruit.

Back to the recipe...
Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners (again this made way more than what it was supposed to for me). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar, butter, and lemon zest in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the ricotta. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, and almond extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended (the batter will be thick and fluffy-- see photo below).
Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the almonds and then the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar over the muffins. Bake until the muffins just become pale golden on top, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yes, the batter was thick alright. More like cookie dough. In fact, this is my cookie dough scooper I had to use to "pour" the batter in to the muffin cups.

They looked so stiff to me in the cups....but I figured they'd sort themselves out in the oven. And they did.

So yummy. With all that butter, they'd have to be, right?


  1. Yum! I love citrusy desserts and these look delish! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hello.. I found your blog while blog hopping. Oh my this is so yummy...It makes me drool..I am your newest follower. Hope you could come and visit my blog: www.cookiedropletsetcbymarelie.com

  3. Wow those look good. You are NOT helping this girl fit into a bathing suit this summer! Another one to make for a crowd so I don't eat them all! Thanks for sharing with Mangia Mondays!!

  4. This looks amazing. Would you be so kind as to link up to Muffin Monday and share your recipe with our readers. I know they will love it too!

    Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. Thanks so much for linking up to Muffin Monday! Have a great week! P.S. Love the recipe and the pics!

  6. Oh yes, lemon ricotta muffins! Yum yum! I've made similar ones before, and I had the same reaction - "POUR the batter in? You mean... SCOOP the batter in!" Yours have almond extract, though, which I think would be a delicious addition! And with all the extra muffins you made, you should have a freezer stash of muffins for weeks!

  7. these muffins sound delicious! and your helpers are just the cutest little guys!! :D

    thanks for linking up to mangia mondays!



  8. Looks delicious...wonder if my husband would go for it?!

    I found you through the Paisley Passions blog hop and am now your newest follower. Can't wait to explore your blog some more.

    Would love if you'd return the love at www.decoratingdiy.blogspot.com

    Turning a House into a Home

  9. Your lemon muffins look amazing. We have lemon eaters in our house too, so it doesn't seem bizarre. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you come look at my blog and follow me back.

  10. Hi there! I'm following your very cute blog now :), and the muffins sound heavenly. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  11. I can understand your sons passion for lemons, I do the same. These muffins look wonderful. On my list of to make soon.

  12. So glad you joined us here at
    Larks country Heart ;)

    Thank you for linking these up to
    "Made it on Monday"

    I am also your newest follower, WAHOO!

    (by the way your blog name, LOVE it! :)

  13. Hi Kristi,
    Your helpers make this recipe so special, very cute! The muffins look delicious, a great combination. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  14. These look yummy. I love lemon anything. I'm going to feature this recipe tomorrow on my blog as well as my Facebook page. Come grab a button and link up a new project at Ninth Street Notions.