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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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  3. Ashley — December 13, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    I made these for a cookie exchange this Christmas, which is still 2 days off. How should I store these cookies…in the fridge or in a tight container on the counter? Thanks for your help and the recipe.

    • Two Peas replied: — December 14th, 2012 @ 9:12 am

      Storing them on the counter in an air tight container should be just fine. Have fun at your exchange!

  4. Elizabeth Conte-Vitullo — December 18, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    I made these today and got raves from my Mom and son. These will become a holiday “must bake” treat.

  5. Niyati — December 19, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    I want to make these cookies for a holiday party and to give to people. Some of the cookies will be eaten close to 2 weeks after I make them. How would you recommend I store them? Thanks!!

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  7. Kelly — December 5, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    I would love to make these ASAP! The sound yummy!
    My question is about storage, can I freeze these? Or how long do you suggest storing them at room temp and/or freezing?
    Thank You

    • Two Peas replied: — December 5th, 2013 @ 9:03 am

      You can freeze them before you ice them. Let them defrost and then you can add the icing. Enjoy!

  8. Carol — December 16, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    These cookies look and sound amazing, and its already on my christmas baking list. However, I would like to just check…what is the shelf life of these cookies? Can these be made upto a week ahead and stored in containers? The citrus element makes me wanna keep off the baking until the last minute…would really appreciate your reply.

  9. Andrea — December 23, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    My daughter and I made these cookies. Delicious! I wasn’t able to drizzle the chocolate on, so I used a plastic bag to pipe it on.

  10. Deepika — December 25, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    I made these and they’ve been a hit with friends this Christmas! Thanks so much for this great recipe.

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  12. maureen — November 29, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

    These sound delicious. I bake ahead will they freeze well?

    • Two Peas replied: — November 30th, 2014 @ 12:28 am

      You can freeze the cookies. I would freeze them before adding the glaze or chocolate. Defrost and then add those when ready!

  13. Nicole Ledergerber — November 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    Hi I would love to make these, however I am confused… your cookie recipie calls for 3 tbsp fresh orange zest and 1 orange zested. The confusion comes into play when you put the ingredients together and it calls for the zest and orange juice?!?!?! please explain?

    • Two Peas replied: — November 30th, 2014 @ 11:10 am

      Right, you need to add the orange juice and the orange zest to the dough. Mix it all together! I always zest the orange first and then juice what I need for the recipe. Does this help?

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  16. Lizzie — July 6, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

    Do you store these in the fridge or just on the counter top? How long will they keep in an airtight container? I am making these to contribute to a cookie table at a wedding, so I am wondering how far in advance I can make them.

    • Two Peas replied: — July 6th, 2015 @ 12:36 pm

      You can store them on the counter or in the fridge. If you are making them in advance, I would store in the fridge, especially since it is hot! I would make them 2-3 days in advance and they should be just fine! Let them come to room temperature before serving.

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