This is one of my Grandma J's recipes - and they're so good. She's always added lemon extract and made a lemon glaze on top, but you can sub the lemon for vanilla and add nuts and chocolate chips, instead - they're so versatile. Just don't add raisins, because I'll be offended. Raisins are the worst. They have no place in baked goods, instead cinnamon raisin bagels, and I'll stand by that until I die.
Here's the recipe! (This is the halved version, the full version makes a million - this one made about 4 dozen)
1/2 cup (or 1 stick) of softened butter
1 cup sugar
7.5 oz ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon flavoring - vanilla or lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 cups flour
Mix the wet ingredients, then add the dry. Drop by tablespoon onto greased sheet and bake @ 350 for 15 minutes.
Here's the scaled-down version of the frosting my grandma uses for her lemon cookies (I have to try not to eat it with a spoon):
2 tbs softened butter
2 tsp lemon extract
1 cup powdered sugar
And just enough warm milk to thin out to your desired consistency!