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Lemon Ricotta Muffins: My Favorite Surprise Appetizer for a Fancy Brunch

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Lemon Ricotta Muffins will be the surprise brunch appetizer favorite that no one saw coming. 

You are definitely not alone if you think that the only thing ricotta cheese is good for is manicotti and lasagna. I recently discovered how incredible ricotta cheese can be in baked goods and desserts, and I am sold. 

  • Blintzes
  • Cannoli
  • Sfogliatelle

I dare say, if the dessert has a lavish sounding name, or the harder the name is to pronounce, it’s a sure bet that the recipe will have ricotta cheese as a main ingredient. 

Lemon Ricotta Muffins 

Lemon Ricotta Muffins: My Favorite Surprise Appetizer for a Fancy Brunch

Now these lemon ricotta muffins may not have a fancy name,
but they sure do taste incredible.

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Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Catherine Olson
Lemon Ricotta Muffins that are an amazing brunch go to recipe that will surprise everyone!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 18 muffins


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest from 1 medium lemon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar


  • Preheat oven to Fahrenheit 350°
  • Beat butter, sugar and zest together until emulsified and smooth
  • Add lemon juice, honey, almond extract, vanilla extract, egg, and ricotta cheese
  • Mix until the batter turns a lighter shade of yellow
  • Gently fold in flour, baking powder and salt
  • Spoon into muffin tin and fill ⅔ full
  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds and turbinado sugar
  • Bake at Fahrenheit 350° for 15-20 minutes, or 25-35 for jumbo muffins
Keyword Lemon Ricotta Muffins

I’m Allergic to Nuts. Can I Omit the Almonds?

Yes! No need for substitutions.

You’ll love these yummy lemon ricotta muffins all the same.

Lemon Ricotta Muffins Pre cooked

What Type of Cheese is Ricotta Like?

I describe ricotta cheese as a mixture between cottage cheese and mascarpone.

It’s smooth, but also chunky. I know that makes no sense at all.

The curds in ricotta cheese are much smaller than they are in cottage cheese, and are encased in a smooth cream. The cheese is thick, and can hold its shape.

It’s also fluffy and spreadable, which makes it great for a variety of different recipes, both savory and sweet.

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I prefer to make these muffins in a jumbo size tin. The flavor is so delicious, you just can’t capture enough of it in a tiny muffin.

And of course, jumbo muffin liners for easy clean up.

Although this recipe doesn’t call for it, cheesecloth is a necessary tool to have on hand when baking with certain types of cheese. Especially cheese that is made with whey.

Make Lemon Ricotta Muffins

If you make these fancy brunch muffins, tag @Fahrenheit350sweets on Instagram so I can see it! And I’d love it if you left a review and a comment below! 

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  1. is it because they look like ricotta!? anyways, THEY LOOK HEAVENLY! and, let me JUST TELL YOU, i want to make those sooo bad! mmm those look SOO divine! seriously girl!

    oh! i loved wuthering heights! you are awesome!

    anyways, miss you catherine! i will chat with you soon! 😛


  2. I’m reading Wuthering Heights right now but am at a standstill. Thanks for convincing me to pick it back up. And thanks for the muffin recipe…and the mention in an earlier post…and for checking my blog…and for…I’m sure there’s something else. 🙂

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