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Orange Ricotta Cookies with Dark Chocolate

Orange Ricotta Cookies with Dark Chocolate

I got hit with a nasty flu bug on Saturday. I spent most of the weekend in bed. My diet consisted of ice chips and Gatorade, not fun. I am feeling a little better today, but will probably lay low and try to get my strength back. I had to get up early to write this blog post, I didn’t want you all to miss out on these orange ricotta cookies with dark chocolate. They need to be added to your Christmas cookie list today!

Chocolate and orange always reminds me of Christmas-probably because of the big chocolate orange candy we get in our stocking every year. Love those! These orange ricotta cookies are soft and cakey. After they cool, you spread each cookie with an orange glaze and drizzle them with dark chocolate. If you like orange and dark chocolate together, I have a feeling you will love these cookies. These cookies remind me of that big chocolate orange candy and that is a good thing!

If you still have time for one more Christmas cookie this year, I highly suggest you make these orange ricotta cookies with dark chocolate. I know we will be making them every year from now on.

Orange Ricotta Cookies with Dark Chocolate

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 orange, zested


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice

1 cup chopped dark chocolate, melted


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until ingredients are combined. Set aside.

3. 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.

4. Stir in the dry ingredients. Spoon the dough (about 1 tablespoon for each cookie) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 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.

5. To glaze the 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.

If you like these Orange Ricotta Cookies with Dark Chocolate, you might also like:

Lemon Ricotta Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cranberry Pumpkin Ricotta Cookies from Family Fresh Cooking
Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies from Evil Shenanigans

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112 Responses to “Orange Ricotta Cookies with Dark Chocolate”

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  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite — December 13, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    Awe… Sorry you’re sick :( Those cookies look unbelievable! Thanks for making sure we didn’t miss them :)

    Hope you feel better :)

  2. Erica — December 13, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    I love what ricotta does to baked goods. And the chocolate looks super pretty on top. Hope you’re feeling better!!

  3. Dinetonite — December 13, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    That is a gorgeous roast!! Are you sure we have to wait until Christmas? I especially love the fat part.

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — December 13, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    What a fabulous combo! Orange cookies are a favorite that my grandma always made. Love that you threw some chocolate in there.
    Hope you feel better!

  5. Rosa — December 13, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    Those cookies look divine! A terrific combo.



  6. marla {family fresh cooking} — December 13, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    Sorry to hear you are not well my friend. These cookies should help you feel better, right?? Love ricotta in cookies. XO

  7. maggy@threemanycooks — December 13, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    These look so good! Love Chocolate and Orange together.

  8. Roz — December 13, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    Thank you for posting this despite being sick. Hope you get your strength back soon!

  9. Traci — December 13, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    Hope you feel better soon! These cookies look delicious!!

  10. Jenny Flake — December 13, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    Another fabulous cookie Maria!! Hope you get well soon!!

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirl — December 13, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    Love these. Love that they’re a little different than your typical cookie. Hope you’re feeling better today!

  12. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — December 13, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    Oh… delicious!!! I hope you feel better!!

  13. Brenda — December 13, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    I have a ricotta cookie recipe similar to this. People always thought I was crazy for making cookies with ricotta cheese. I would not tell them they were eating ricotta cheese until they bit into the cookie and said yum. And they always said yum. I love the orange and chocolate topping. I would just make them plain, but this gives them a yummy addition.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  14. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 13, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    Love this combination of orange, ricotta and chocolate

  15. Shaina — December 13, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    Love the chocolate and orange combination. Hope you’re feeling better this morning. Take care!

  16. Kristen — December 13, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    I’m sorry you are under the weather :( No fun!

  17. the blissful baker — December 13, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    these cookies look great! i love citrusy cookies.
    feel better soon!

  18. SMITH BITES — December 13, 2010 @ 9:02 am

    Ricotta is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with – even prefer ricotta to cream cheese! Beautiful cookies Maria – hope you feel better soon! hugs

  19. Eliana — December 13, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    Hope you are feeling better. And thanks so much for not letting us miss out on these beauties. They look super delish.

  20. Karly — December 13, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    So pretty!

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  21. Sharlene — December 13, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    Hope you feel better soon! These cookies look great. I love the combination of orange and chocolate!

  22. Pam — December 13, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    I am glad you are feeling better – the flu is the worst!

    My husband and daughter love chocolate and orange together so I know they would be thrilled if I made these tasty treats.

  23. Jen @ How To: Simplify — December 13, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    I love all of the flavors…what a great combination! They look absolutely delicious!

  24. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 13, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    Interesting combination!

  25. Joanne — December 13, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    There is ALWAYS room in my life for more Christmas cookies! Ricotta cookies are a favorite of mine. Love the orange glaze! Hope you are feeling better babe!

  26. Susan — December 13, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    Oooh – these sound delicious! Hope you feel better soon.

  27. megan — December 13, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    You always come up with the best!!!

  28. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 13, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    how is it that i’m just seeing this now?! holy yum these sound amazing! and so, so refreshing :)

  29. foodlibrarian — December 13, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    What a great cookie! Can’t wait to make these. Hope you feel better soon!!! – mary

  30. Victor @ Random Cuisine — December 13, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    What a fantastic combo! I was hesitant if ricotta should be used as an ingredient for cookies. Now that you made it, I’ll try it out!

  31. Sarah — December 13, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Orange and chocolate seems so Christmas to me! … I could use one more cookie :)

  32. megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 13, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    They look so good!! I love those chocolate oranges :) Hope you feel better!

  33. Kimberlee S — December 13, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    These sound delicious. I am going to try and make these within the next week or so. Funny how I have everything but the ricotta cheese.

  34. jan — December 13, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    Can these be frozen? They look fantastic!

  35. CookiePie — December 13, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    GORGEOUS cookies – I love orange and chocolate together.

    Hope you feel better quick!!

  36. Tracy — December 13, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Lovely cookies, Maria! I love orange chocolate so I know I would love these.

  37. Jamie | My Baking Addiction — December 13, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    I love chocolate and orange anything. Hope you’re feeling better!

  38. Feast on the Cheap — December 13, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    I mean….these look awesome. I hope you weren’t too sick/congested to taste them!

  39. Sues — December 13, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    What an awesome, unique cookie idea! Perfect! Hope you’re feeling much better now :)

  40. Kristen@PrettySweet — December 13, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

    My husband and I were just sharing one of those chocolate oranges yesterday! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe. I’m pretty sure our friends will love them. =) Feel better soon!

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