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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”

  1. April~Living The Sweet Life — December 13, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

    These look divine.

  2. Maria — December 13, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    These are delicious! Thanks again for sharing another great recipe! Feel better soon.

  3. Amanda R — December 13, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

    Those cookies look delicious! I love the combination of chocolate and orange. I hope you’re feeling better now.

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  5. Sara — December 13, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    Lovely cookies! Love the flavors of orange, ricotta & chocolate together! Hope you feel better soon!

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — December 13, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    I LOVE chocolate and orange together, but ricotta too? Fabulous idea!!! Feel better asap!

  7. Katrina — December 13, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    These cookies look so good! Great recipe.

  8. Veronica — December 13, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    Those cookies look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!
    Hope you feel better soon!

  9. Cookin' Canuck — December 13, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

    Maria, I hope you feel a ton better after a day of rest today. These cookies look fantastic – so pretty for the holidays.

  10. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 13, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

    These look perfect for the holidays, something new for me, ricotta cookies.

  11. grace — December 13, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    cheese in cookies–it seems so wrong, but must be right. well done.

  12. Amanda — December 14, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    Girl, your cookies always look incredible! These ricotta cookies sound so completely decadent. Hope you feel better soon! :)

  13. Gali — December 14, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    These sure do sound amazing!

  14. Jersey Girl Cooks — December 14, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    I love the chocolate and orange combination!

  15. Jen — December 14, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    yum! i am thinking of making these, although i currently have a surplus of meyer lemons so i might replace the orange with lemon. and maybe dark chocolate with white chocolate, i’m not sure. i, too, love the chocolate oranges and thought you might like to know that i spotted them in Target the other day in a chocolate mint variety (with no orange flavor). also sounds delicious!

  16. Jeanette — December 14, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    Chocolate and orange are a wonderful combination, and your cookies are beautiful. Wondering if low-fat ricotta can be used. Hope you feel better!

  17. Alexis — December 14, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    just made these cookies and they’re delicious! How do you store these cookies? In an airtight container?

  18. Teresa — December 14, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    I baked up these cookies last night, and my husband and I love them! They are very soft and cake-like. I think I needed to bake them the full 15 minutes, because they were a little on the doughy side, but still very good. And they do taste just like a chocolate orange! Thanks for the recipe!

    • twopeas replied: — December 14th, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

      So happy you liked the cookies! I am a sucker for chocolate and orange!

  19. Weekend Cowgirl — December 14, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    These cookies look better than amazing. I also like that they are very different. You are right. These need to be on my cookie baking list for this weekend. Thanks & Happy Holidays!

  20. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 14, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

    I just love ricotta with citrus. These cookies sound fabulous!

  21. Bonnie — December 15, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    Just curious about the chocolate. Did you use a dark baking chocolate or dark chocolate in bar form like Hersheys? I’m so eager to try this recipe. Thanks!

  22. C2C Biker — December 15, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Mine came out much thinner than yours. Any suggestions? They’re still delicious!!

    • twopeas replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

      Try adding a little more flour and make sure your butter is soft but not melted.

  23. Deborah — December 16, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I love baking with ricotta, and these sound so delicious!

  24. retro sweets — December 17, 2010 @ 3:00 am

    My cookie list is full but I will make time to make these when christmas is over. They really look delicious! Would you recommend I put some orange coloring in it to make it look like its really orange?

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  26. justcooknyc — December 19, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    even with just the glaze these would be exciting, but the chocolate drizzle, oh man that looks awesome

  27. mary beth — December 22, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    I made these yesterday and mine also came out flat. A little disappointing but still delicious. My butter was not melted so next time I will try a little more flour.

    • twopeas replied: — December 22nd, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

      Sorry the cookies melted. Yes, add more flour next time. You could also try chilling the dough before baking. I didn’t have a problem. Hmmm….

    • Erin replied: — December 22nd, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

      Did they all come out flat? I ask because the first couple of batches I made tonight weren’t flat but I think the longer the dough was sitting out the more flat they became. Maybe put half the dough in the fridge while working with the other half. That’s what I’m going to try next time.

      • twopeas replied: — December 23rd, 2010 @ 8:02 am

        Good idea to chill the dough if you have it out for awhile. Thanks!

      • mary beth replied: — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

        mine get out flat from the get go.

  28. Lori — December 23, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    Hope you are finally over your bug! Around here it seems it is hitting everyone twice. Dark chocolate and orange is such a great combination. These look lovely!

  29. Gina — December 27, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    I made these for Christmas and they were a huge hit! Even my boyfriend, who claims he doesn’t like cookies (ridiculous, I know), ate about a dozen of them! They are so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    • twopeas replied: — December 27th, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

      I am so glad you and your boyfriend like the cookies!

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  33. Liz — March 6, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I made these for a party yesterday, and they were a huge hit! So moist and delicious. I was lazy, so I just chopped up one of those chocolate oranges and melted it for the chocolate drizzle (and skipped the glaze entirely).

    • twopeas replied: — March 6th, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

      I love the way you adapted the cookies. Glad they were a hit!

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  36. Bex — October 30, 2011 @ 3:53 am

    Just googled orange chocolate cookies and these came up….researching for a holiday cookie exchange. Yes, I’m a freak like that. :) I think these are the ones…..won’t pinterest them as I don’t want my friends to see. Yes, I am THAT bad!!!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 30th, 2011 @ 10:14 am

      I hope you enjoy the cookies. They are perfect for the holidays!

  37. Sarah — December 10, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    Just made these with my mom tonight..loved them! We doubled the batch so she can take them to a cookie swap tomorrow and I’m sure they’ll be a big hit..thanks for posting!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 10th, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

      Glad you liked the cookies! Have fun at your cookie swap!

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  40. Trisha — May 10, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    How do you really put them on the sheet that they come out so round and uniform? does “drop by tablespoon” really do that? or do you have to chill and roll them a bit to form more like a ball before you bake them?

    • Two Peas replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

      I just use a spoon and drop them by tablespoon on the cookie sheet.

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