Delicious, Soft and Sweet Russian Farmers Cheese Cookies

These soft, tangy yet sweet Farmers Cheese Cookies are a definite hit with everyone. Made with ricotta cheese and sour cream, they’re not your everyday cookie.

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Let’s start with a little confession: I’m slightly obsessed with cookies. Okay, that might be an understatement. I’m obsessed to the point that I sometimes dream about them. Does that seem a bit excessive? Maybe. But once you’ve tried these ridiculously moist ricotta cheese cookies, you’ll be dreaming the same dream, my friend. 

The main ingredient here is the ricotta cheese or farmer’s cheese. Despite the ricotta cheese having a crumbly texture on its own, these cookies won’t fall apart. The ricotta actually adds a great deal of moisture to the cookies to help bind everything together. Not to mention a perfect slightly sweet, slightly salty taste. 

In addition to the ricotta cheese, this recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of sour cream. That means even more moisture. The sour cream and ricotta cheese together balance really well with the sugar, vanilla, and butter, resulting in a cookie that won’t weigh you down. 

After your dough comes together, roll it out, cut out into smaller pieces, brush with egg, and sprinkle with sugar. 

And now you bake

Clearly this is the toughest part. Waiting for these tiny pieces of cheesy sweet goodness to bake. You’ll want to bake these cookies for a good 35-40 minutes so that everything in the dough can set and thoroughly cook. 

These ricotta cheese cookies make the perfect sweet treat when you’re bored from traditional cookies and desserts. It’s absolutely refreshing to bite into one of these. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  •  1 cup + 2 Tbsp of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of farmers cheese (or ricotta cheese)
  • 2 tsp of sour cream
  • Pinch of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of flour + to sprinkle on the surface when rolling
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg  

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How to make Farmer’s Cheese Cookies:

  • In a bowl, beat 1 cup and 2 Tablespoons of softened unsalted butter until smooth and no clumps.
  • Add to the butter 1 cup of farmers cheese or ricotta cheese. Mix well with a spoon.
  • Fold in 2 teaspoons of sour cream, and a pinch of vanilla.

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  • In a separate small bowl or cup mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, it will foam. Add to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Fold in 2 cups of flour. Mix well, until all is incorporated. The dough should be soft. (Mixing with hands will help incorporate faster).

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  • Preheat oven to 350F. Also prepare a baking sheet by putting a sheet of parchment paper.
  • With a fork beat 1 Large egg, for brushing the top of each cookie.
  • Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle some flour onto your surface where you can roll out the dough.
  • Take one half of the dough, gently roll out into a rectangle shape. (If the dough is sticking to the surface it means you are pushing too hard).
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar throughout the rolled out dough. (leave some for the other half of the dough and to sprinkle on top of each cookie).
  • From the long side roll in the dough.

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  • Cut into small pieces. (Remember they will expand when baking!) Put each piece onto the baking sheet and lightly push down each piece with two fingers to seal the open end.
  • Brush each piece with beaten egg, and sprinkle with sugar.
  • (repeat the process with the other half of the dough)

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  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

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Cheese Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 8
Calories 440 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup farmers cheese (or ricotta cheese)
  • 2 tsp sour cream
  • Pinch vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour + a little extra for sprinkling
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, beat 1 cup and 2 Tablespoons of softened unsalted butter until it is smooth with no clumps.
  • Add to the butter 1 cup of farmers cheese or ricotta cheese. Mix well with a spoon.
  • Fold in 2 teaspoons of sour cream, and a pinch of vanilla.
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  • In a separate small bowl or cup mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, it will foam. Add to the bowl with the rest of ingredients.
  • Fold in 2 cups of flour. Mix well, until all is incorporated. The dough should be soft. (mixing with hands will help incorporate faster).
    cheese cookies
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Also prepare a baking sheet by putting a sheet of parchment paper.
  • With a fork beat 1 Large egg, for brushing the top of each cookie.
  • Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle some flour onto your surface where you can roll out the dough.
  • Take one half of dough, gently roll out into a rectangle shape. (If the dough is sticking to surface it means you are pushing to hard)
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar throughout the rolled out dough. (leave some for the other half of dough and to sprinkle on top of each cookie)
  • From the long side roll in the dough.
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  • Cut into small pieces. (Remember they will expand when baking!) Put each piece onto the baking sheet and lightly push down each piece with two fingers to seal the open end.
  • Brush each piece with beaten egg, and sprinkle with sugar.
  • (repeat the process with the other half of dough).
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  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cheese Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 210mg9%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 828IU17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butter, dessert, farmers cheese, flour, lemon juice, ricotta, ricotta cheese, russian cookie, russian cookies, russian dessert, sour cream, vanilla
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