Ricotta Balls (Italian Doughnuts)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

A quick an easy version of a traditional Italian holiday treat.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying, since this is a dessert dish avoid using a strong flavored oil like olive oil) or shortening (for deep frying, since this is a dessert dish avoid using a strong flavored oil like olive oil)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil and deep fry.
  3. Balls will turn themselves over when one side is done.
  4. Fry until golden brown and cooked through adjust heat as needed if they brown too quickly without cooking through.
  5. Drain on paper towels to cool and absorb oil.
  6. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Most Helpful

excellent and easy recipe. I modified to make a bit more low carb. Splenda instead of sugar, and I only had cottage cheese so I blended that til smooth. Also added some nutmeg. Looking for a lower carb flour substitue to try in this recipe. Love the way those little balls just turn themselves. Thanks.

Noreen a Canadian February 25, 2004

Addendum: Brand/quality make a HUGE difference!!! I first made a perfect batch w/ Precious brand ricotta. Later, I used Trader Joe's ricotta, and they were dry and awful! I returned to Precious, and again, I am back to deliciously moist ricotta balls!

Original post: Perfect just the way they are. Ridiculously quick and easy, and very little, if any, oil splatter. Deliciously toasty on the outside and creamy cakey goodness on the inside, just like I remember them decades ago. Delish. Next batch will have lemon zest ;). Thanks!

eyolive April 26, 2012

What I wanted to do was find a good recipe to allow me to use up my leftover Ricotta cheese, and to my delight, chanced upon this easy recipe. At our house, my kids like their desserts a little sweeter, so I used 4 tsps of sugar. My kids enjoyed the balls immensely. Thank you for posting.

Ilovemy4kids April 20, 2010