30+ Best Ricotta Dessert Recipes: Cake, Cheesecake, No-Bake & More

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Is there anything more delicious than a delicious ricotta dessert?

Ricotta cheese adds a light, creamy texture to cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and other sweet treats. It also pairs beautifully with fruit, chocolate, and other classic flavor combinations.

And best of all, there are recipes to suit every skill level, from no-bake desserts to elegant cakes.

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30+ Best Ricotta Dessert Recipes

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight treat or a special occasion dessert, there’s a ricotta recipe that’s perfect for you. Here are 30+ delicious ricotta dessert recipes to get you started.

Ricotta Cakes

There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked cake, and ricotta cake is a delicious option for any occasion. From classic cannoli cake to lemon blueberry cake, there’s a recipe here to suit every taste.

Cannoli Cake

This cannoli cake is so moist it almost melts in your mouth. It is also topped off with a decadent cannoli cream frosting. This easy recipe tastes like my favorite Italian dessert in cake form.

Starbucks Copycat Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake Recipe

This lemon ricotta pound cake is a Starbucks copycat and amazingly delicious!

Easy Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Cake

Lightly sweet and wonderfully moist, this flavorful and Easy Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Cake is an easy berry dessert you are going to love

Ricotta Lemon Loaf Cake

This lemon ricotta loaf cake Is moist and dense, and yet light and tangy with a subtle but delicious lemon flavor. it’s lowish in sugar and contains olive oil, which complements the lemon flavor really well. The best part? You need just 6 main ingredients to make it!

Lemon Ricotta Cake

This Lemon Ricotta Cake makes the perfect light dessert or afternoon tea cake. The one-bowl Ricotta Cake with Lemon has such a light and fluffy texture – it’s like biting into a cloud!

Raspberry Ricotta Cake with Almonds

Raspberry Ricotta Cake with Almonds is moist, fluffy and super easy to make!  It’s perfect for dessert in the evening or with coffee in the morning!

Baked Ricotta Desserts

Baked ricotta desserts are a delicious way to enjoy this versatile ingredient. Best of all, they can all be easily made in advance, so you can enjoy them stress-free. So, preheat your oven and get ready to enjoy one (or all) of these baked ricotta desserts.

Fresh Fig and Ricotta Dessert Tart

Fresh Fig and Ricotta Dessert Tart is delicious and easy use of fresh seasonal figs. Crispy puff pastry, topped with sweetened ricotta, fresh figs and rosemary make this is a dessert perfect for the summer to fall transition.

Creamy Sicilian Ricotta Pie

This easy Sicilian Ricotta pie with a hint of lemon is one of the creamiest, most delicious Pie you will ever make! Wonderful shortcrust pie dough (Pasta Frolla) filled with creamy ricotta flavored with lemon zest makes this Pie wonderfully silky, creamy custard-like, also well balanced in sweetness.

Cannoli Cupcakes

What’s better than a cannoli? Cannoli cupcakes topped with whipped ricotta frosting and topped with a mini homemade cannoli!

Pumpkin Cannoli Cookie Cups

Pumpkin Cannoli Cookie Cups. Little bites of creamy pumpkin love in chewy gingersnap cookie cups are so tasty and completely adorbs!

Pastiera Italian Dessert Pie

Pastiera is a much loved Italian dessert pie made with ricotta, wheat berries and candied fruits scented with the fragrance of orange blossom!

Ricotta Cheesecake Desserts

There’s nothing quite like a homemade ricotta cheesecake. Rich, creamy, and packed with flavor, this classic Italian dessert is the perfect way to end a meal. And while there are many different ways to make a ricotta cheesecake, here are a few recipes you’ll definitely want to try.

3-Ingredient Ricotta Cheesecake

This magic Italian ricotta cheesecake is similar to the classic cheesecake, it’s light and soft and calls for just 3 ingredients.

Baked Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

This Baked Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake is super creamy, light, fluffy and packed with flavors – you would never guess it’s a baked cheesecake! It is a crowd-pleasing dessert the whole family will love.

Cannoli Cheesecake

This cannoli cheesecake features a rich base made with ricotta and mascarpone. Then it is topped off with plenty of chocolate chips. It tastes like your favorite Italian bakery treat in cheesecake form!

Limoncella Cheesecake (Torta di Ricotta al Limoncello)

Limoncello Cheesecake is a dessert that makes everyone come running! Simple, yet delicious; this cheesecake should be on the menu for your next dinner party, or week night meal!

Pressure Cooker Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

This authentic Italian ricotta cheesecake is a lighter alternative to a standard New York cheesecake.

Olive Garden Sicilian Cheesecake With Strawberry Topping

This cheesecake is made from ricotta cheese, which makes it much lighter than a cheesecake made from cream cheese. It also has a shortbread crust and a topping of strawberry sauce.

No-Bake Ricotta Desserts

These no-bake ricotta dessert recipes are perfect for when you want to enjoy a delicious sweet treat without spending hours in the kitchen. These no-bake recipes are quick and easy to prepare, and best of all, they’re absolutely delicious.

Homemade Cannoli Recipe

Traditional homemade cannoli with deep fried shells and a smooth ricotta filling. It’s like having an Italian bakery right in your own kitchen!

Tiramisu Icebox Cake

This Tiramisu Icebox Cake recipe uses classic Italian ingredients to make a delicious no-bake dessert that your guests will swear came from a bakery.

No-Bake Ricotta Cheesecake With Raspberries

A crustless cheesecake, more like a pudding than a cake, a soft, sweet, and delicious ricotta base topped with raspberry whipped cream and fresh raspberries. A dream of a cake.

Cannoli Dip

The classic Italian Cannoli dessert gets turned into a quick and easy Cannoli Dip! All the same great flavors, but a million times easier.

Quick Ricotta Desserts

There’s nothing quite like a light and fluffy ricotta dessert. And when it’s made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s even better. Here are some favorite quick ricotta dessert recipes to try today.

Wild Berry Lavender Granita With Whipped Ricotta

This berry granita is made with fresh or frozen berries and lavender simple syrup, and is served with whipped ricotta. No ice cream maker needed!

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cannoli Cups

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cannoli Cups are the easiest way to get your cannoli fix without all the work! Made with lighter ingredients and baked instead of fried, they’re perfect for parties or any special occasion.

Strawberry Ricotta Mousse with Blackberry Topping

This light and refreshing Strawberry Ricotta Mousse With Blackberry Topping is made using six ingredients, ricotta cheese, fresh strawberries, blackberries, whipping cream, tapioca flour and a splash of pure maple syrup.

4-Ingredient Berry Tarts

When it comes to quick and easy desserts for the family, you can’t go past these easy to make and yummy 4 ingredient berry tarts. They are the ultimate in super speedy dessert.

Ricotta Cookies

Looking for a quick and easy cookie recipe that uses ricotta cheese? You’ve come to the right place. Here are some delicious ricotta cookie recipes that you don’t want to miss.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Tangy lemon ricotta cookies are topped with a sweet and tart lemon glaze that creates the perfect summer cookie for any occasion.

Italian Ricotta Cookies

This soft and moist ricotta cookie recipe is flavored with almond extract and lemon juice and zest for a bright flavor, and topped with a simple almond-flavored glaze.

Key Lime Ricotta Cookies

Key Lime Ricotta Cookies are sweet and tangy.  The perfect cookie to see summer in!

Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies

Adapted from the great Lidia Bastianich’s famous Lemon Ricotta cookies, these Grapefruit Ricotta Cookies have just a subtle undertone of grapefruit. For those who are a bit afraid of grapefruit’s intensity, tang, and bitterness, these cookies are for you.

Chocolate Ricotta Desserts

Who doesn’t love chocolate? And who doesn’t love ricotta? Put the two together and you have a heavenly combination. Here are some chocolate ricotta recipes to try that will tantalize your taste buds!

Flourless Ricotta Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Rich and fudgy brownies with a ripple of sweet and tangy Italian-inspired cheesecake for a little twist on your usual cheesecake brownies.

Italian Love Cake

Layers of chocolate, ricotta and frosting this Italian Love Cake absolutely lives up to its name for so many glorious reasons.

No-Bake Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake

You’ve got to try this no-bake chocolate ricotta cheesecake without cream cheese and with a scrumptious Biscoff cookie base!

Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake

Chocolate chip ricotta cake is amazingly moist, decadent and delicious! This Italian cake is the perfect sweet to serve as an afternoon pick me up or as a yummy end to a special dinner.

There’s no doubt about it, ricotta makes for some of the most delicious desserts around. Rich and creamy, it adds a wonderful depth of flavor to cakes, cookies, cheesecakes and more.

Plus, there are so many different ways to enjoy ricotta desserts. Whether you’re in the mood for something chocolatey, fruity or light, there’s sure to be a recipe here that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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