Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Dessert

Italian Ricotta Puffs Kisses (Baci di Ricotta)

The Italian Ricotta Puffs Kisses. These baci di ricotta — perfect kisses, hot, soft and melting — are a surprisingly easy dessert.

It’s just a question of mixing the ingredients in a bowl (by hand) and then frying rounded teaspoonfuls of the batter in just under an inch of oil until you have some light, small, vaguely ball-shaped fritters that need no more than a powdery dusting with confectioners’ sugar.

Put a dish mounded with them on the table with coffee and watch them go.



  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Italian 00 flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar



  1. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta and eggs, and mix until smooth.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Mix again to make a smooth batter.
  4. Fill a wide, shallow skillet with about 3/8 inch of oil.
  5. Place over medium- high heat until a bit of batter sizzles when dropped in.
  6. Drop rounded teaspoons of batter into pan, 5 or 6 at a time.
  7. When batter puffs and undersides turn golden brown, after about 1 minute, flip kisses and allow to brown again for about 1 more minute.
  8. Transfer browned kisses to paper towels to drain, and continue until all batter is used. 3. Pile kisses in a rough pyramid on a serving plate.
  9. Pass confectioners’ sugar through a small fine-meshed sieve evenly over baci.
  10. Serve immediately. Enjoy your Italian Ricotta Puffs Kisses.


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    12/10/2020 at 2:16 pm

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