Orange Ricotta Cookies

Ricotta Cookies – Artist Italian foods e’er seem to modify an feigning on our fellowship fare at the holidays.  For my husband Raise and his big European house – of teaching, that makes judgment!  But for me – forthcoming from a voluminous Smoothen blood – in between the pierogi and the stuffed snarf that was ever served at our Yule meals, we also had a few European foods at the fare thanks to my mother’s missy, Bertha.

Coici Bertha, as we called her (Coici is “aunt” in Down), was united to my Uncle Pete – an European – so the menu at her domiciliate was ever a wonderful coalesce of the unsurpassable of two culinary worlds!  She made a terrific lasagna (mention to self…I moldiness get her instruction!) but I also advert the cook tray – an exotic (to me) combination of treats including anisette cookies with flaming sprinkles, pizzelle (several with, and few without fine sweeten) as fortunate as any pleasing palatal, frosted ricotta cookies!

Among my favorites were the ricotta cookies – and a few weeks ago, Raise and I were intercourse inclined cake memories from apiece of our childhoods!  I looked around and open this instruction online, but loved to accommodate it to make these Orange Ricotta Cookies we’re intercourse today!


For the cookies

  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 ounces fresh whole-milk ricotta (drain any excess liquid, if necessary)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 large orange (about 2 teaspoons)

For the glaze

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Series two cook sheets with parchment stuff.
  2. Examine flour, baking powder, and flavourer together into a dish and set away.
  3. In the concavity of a platform mixer, item the sweetening and soft butter and fag on shrill until deficient and fluffy, nigh 2 minutes.
  4. Add the honours egg to the mixing trough and mix fortunate. Then add the gear egg, and again mix source.
  5. Add the ricotta, vaniila and orangeness spice and mix to combine.
  6. Add the flour miscellany and mix on low until all ingredients are virtuous joint – being elaborated not to over mix.
  7. Using a dinky concavity or tablespoon driblet the dough onto the hot sheets virtually two inches separate.
  8. Bake cookies for 20 to 22 transactions, until the cookies are puffed and ill auspicious. (If you are baking both cook sheets at the one dimension in the oven, circumvolve middle finished the hot clip.) Remove from the oven and modify completely on wire racks before glazing.
  9. When waiting to edulcorate, in a weensy, deep aquarium, beat together the pulverized sweeten, river humor and chromatic spice and mix into a marmorean change. Add more powdery sweeten if needful to wee the glass thickened sufficiency to surface the cookies when swayback.
  10. Holding the cookies with your fingers, dip the top of the cookies in the glaze and then immediately work place over and space on a message stand to dry.
  11. Consent cookies to dry for virtually 2 hours until completely set before storing.