Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, add vanilla. Then blend in the ricotta. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. Drop dough by teaspoons full on cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes, cool on wire rack.
Mix sugar, butter, vanilla and cream until soft (adding milk if necessary to achieve smooth consistency) frost tops of cookies, decorate with coconut, sprinkles, nonpariels , colored sugar….depending on the “holiday” (ie red and green sugars on white icing for Christmas, add pastel colors to icing and top with coconut for Easter, etc)