Orange Ricotta Cookies with Dark Chocolate

Soft, moist, and a little bit cake-like, these Chocolate Orange Ricotta Cookies are infused with fresh orange zest and a drizzle of chocolate to turn these cookies into the perfect holiday cookie. These cookies are great to make for a bake sale or any other occasion when you need to feed a crowd.

Orange zest and chocolate cookies.
Photo by Chantal D.
Orange zest and chocolate cookies.
Orange zest and chocolate cookies.

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

4

dozen cookies

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups 2 1/2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon 1

    teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup 1/2

    cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups 2

    cups granulated sugar

  • 2 large 2

    large eggs

  • 2 cups 2

    cups ricotta cheese

  • 3 tablespoons 3

    tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • 1 1

    orange, zested

  • GLAZE:

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2

    cups powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons 3

    tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 cup 1

    cup chopped dark chocolate, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until ingredients are combined. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and the sugar. Beat the until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add the ricotta cheese, orange juice, and orange zest. Beat to combine. Stir in the dry ingredients. Spoon the dough (about 1 tablespoon for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. GLAZE COOKIES: combine the powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Let glaze harden for about five minutes. Drizzle cookies with dark chocolate and let the cookies set up.

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