Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary Glaze


Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary Glaze //

I think you all look super cute today. Nice hair. Your skin looks fresh and pretty. Did you get lots of sleep last night?

We could all use a compliment once in a while. Yesterday I was in need of one, so I took upon myself to speak for Amelia. Whenever I speak for her, I do so using a voice that’s probably very irritating for most, but I find sort of adorable. I’d say it sounds kinda like a four-year old boy who I imagine dresses strangely (I’m talking wearing capes and cowboy boots to bed) and has a slight lisp. We all have animal voices. Mine sounds like that.

So, in my Amelia-voice, I said a bunch of compliments out loud. And then, since I’m super polite, I said thanks to her. If you’re in need for some compliments, which you shouldn’t be because I just said you look cute today, just speak for your animals. If they could speak, they’d probably say all sorts of nice stuff to you.

Do you think I’m weird? Pretty sure I just let my freak-flag fly. I’d like to change the subject now and talk about these muffins! Thanks.

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary Glaze //

Muffins. Sometimes so so so boring; sometimes awesome.

I like lemon and rosemary together. It’s a good cocktail combo. Little squeeze of meyer lemon, some bourbon, some rosemary syrup and then a little sparkling water. You guys! That’s a good holiday cocktail situation.

These muffins were kind of awesome. Much more awesome than I thought they’d be. The ricotta gives them a creamy, light texture that I’m pretty stoked on.

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary Glaze //

The lemon is present but not overwhelming and the sweetness situation is pretty balanced–not too sweet, but sweeter than a normal bran muffin.

The glaze is my favorite! The rosemary is sort of just a hint. The whole milk gets steeped with fresh rosemary and then mixed with powdered sugar. It’s a nice fragrant, herbaceous element that I’m digging.

And with the leftover meyer lemon and rosemary, make that cocktail that I talked about above! This recipe is sort of a breakfast to dinner thingy.

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary Glaze //

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary Glaze

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Serving Size: 12 muffins


Dry Mix:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Wet Mix:

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest, from about 2 Meyer lemons, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup whole fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh meyer lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan or line it with paper baking cups.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and lemon zest. Using a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugars and zest together until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the ricotta, milk, olive oil, egg, lemon juice and vanilla; beat once more until thoroughly combined.
  • In two batches, add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined, being sure not to over mix (this will result in tough muffins).
  • Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins (filling them about 3/4 of the way full) and transfer to the oven to bake for 17-20 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden brown and when a skewer is inserted into the center it comes out clean. Transfer the muffins on a cooling rack. While the muffins are cooling, make the glaze.
  • To make the glaze, warm the 1/4 cup of milk, along with the rosemary, in a small saucepan. When it reaches a light simmer, remove from the heat and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the sprig of rosemary and pour the milk into the powdered sugar; whisk until smooth. Spoon about a teaspoon or two over each muffin and garnish with a bit of fresh meyer lemon zest.
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  • Reply Francesca February 23, 2014 at 5:48 am

    This looks delicious. I love dense, ricotta filled sweets !

  • Reply Roofing December 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Man those muffins look delicious in fact I’m cooking that for breakfast in the morning for me and my kids.

  • Reply jamie levine December 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

    These look sooooo good!

  • Reply cindy December 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Dog-voices are my favorite! I definitely have super-weird ones for mine.

    …and I love this lemon/rosemary combo.

  • Reply Carla Duclos December 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Hi Adrianna,
    I loved the recipe. I am a big fan of muffins. 🙂
    Could I use regular lemon in this recipe?
    I live in Holand and have never seen Meyer lemon here.
    Thank you!

  • Reply Billy December 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I totally have a voice for Mose that’s like a quiet shy person because I usually only speak for him when he wants some food and puts his act on. Also sometimes I think he would sound like a really excited Daniel Radcliffe.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme December 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      HAHAHA! An excited Daniel Radcliffe! AMAZING. Mose is kind of a nerd then. 🙁

      • Reply Billy December 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        total nerd.

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 20, 2013 at 10:03 am

    These are definitely dreamy. Love!

  • Reply Nicole December 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Those look very yummers! I want them for breakfast
    And I love your idea! I dont have any animals right now, but Im sure I could do
    that with my five month old… He owes me a compliment after waking me up three times last night 😉

  • Reply Deb December 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I adore baked goods with lemon! And Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins would be a scrumptious change from all the holiday baking! (BTW: I talk to my cat all the time!)

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Beauties, I love Meyer lemon anything and that rosemary glaze is perfection!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Haaa! Loved this. I have a weird animal voice too (specifically, for my cat)—it’s probably incredible unattractive to hear. It’s all high-pitched and annoying.

    THESE.MUFFINS! Digging the rosemary glaze. I don’t usually use the word “dig,” but for some reason, today it felt appropriate.

  • Reply Margarita December 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Also, thanks for telling me I look fresh and pretty today. I did get lots of sleep last night too. Haha!

  • Reply Margarita December 20, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Ooh, Adriana I love the rosemary glaze. So so so creative and fancy! I am actually more of a muffin person (I would take the, over cupcakes any time). They are heartier, less sweet, and not over the top ridiculous with a tall frosting crown. I am totally making these… Muffins with ricotta cheese are my favorite kind.

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe December 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I totally do the same with my baby dog, Maya. With my Maya-voice I keep saying what an amazing dog-mom I am and other cute stuff like that! You’re not the only weirdo here!!
    Anyway, I so love meyer lemons, but I’ve never tried to combine them with rosemary …now you made me curious!

    xo, Elisa