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Nonna's Lemon Almond Ricotta Muffins

These muffins are perfectly light and fluffy, with subtle flavors from almond and lemon. They make the house smell amazing, and it's such a great bite with morning coffee.

Nonna's Lemon Almond Ricotta Muffins


Breakfast Dessert

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 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
  • 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


  1. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
18 grams
6 grams
13 grams
Saturated Fat
7 grams
46 milligrams
185 milligrams
1 grams
1 grams
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5 reviews & comments

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    Letisia Quijano

    Delicious and fluffy, tender crumb and easy to make

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    Jeanne Pelletier

    light and so delicious

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    Marilyn Brehse

    Very yummy and easy to make.

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    Molly Cadilli

    Wonderful muffins. They disappeared in one evening!!!!

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    Nicole Papenbrook

    Amazing. Super easy to make and growing up with an Italian grandmother, there is something deja vu about them. Tasty!!

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