Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Knock, knock? Who’s there. Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I made you Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins? Sorry for the corny joke. I hope you will forgive me after you taste one of these delightful Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins.

We had a big tub of ricotta cheese in our fridge that needed to be used up before our vacation. I made stuffed shells, ricotta cookies, and still had enough left to make one more thing. I was in the mood for a little morning baking…and a morning treat, so I made Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins.

I am so glad I hate wasting food. I could have let the ricotta cheese sit in our fridge and grow mold while we are in Maui, but instead I created these glorious Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins. I may have eaten one too many, so sorry if you saw me and my muffin top on the beach..ha! These babies were so worth it! And don’t worry we will be sharing our Maui experience soon. We got home yesterday and are exhausted. We want to go back already:)

These muffins are on the verge of being a dessert since they have chocolate chips and a sweet glaze. But since they are technically muffins, you can enjoy them for breakfast. Orange is in the title too, so that cancels out the chocolate and glaze in my book. These are made to be eaten as soon as you climb out of bed. They are too good to wait for dessert time.

If you haven’t baked with ricotta cheese before, you are missing out. It produces the most amazing results. These muffins are rich, tender, and dotted with chocolate chips. I added orange zest and fresh orange juice to the muffin batter, but I wanted a little more burst of orange so I drizzled the muffins with a sweet orange glaze. The chocolate and orange combo is incredible.

If you are trying to use up your ricotta cheese, start with these Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins. And if you don’t have any ricotta cheese, go grab some to make these marvelous muffins!

Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Servings
12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, add the sugar and orange zest. Rub the orange zest and sugar together with your fingers.
  3. 3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar and orange zest mixture together until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the ricotta cheese and beat until smooth. Beat in the egg, orange juice, and vanilla extract.
  4. 4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.
  5. 5. Bake muffins for about 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are slightly golden brown. Let muffins cool completely.
  6. 6. While the muffins are cooking, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, orange zest, and orange juice. Drizzle glaze over muffins. Let the muffins sit until glaze hardens.
  7. Note-we've made these muffins with low-fat and full fat ricotta cheese. Both work nicely so take your pick:)

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. YUMMY! I have been meaning to do more baking with ricotta (and I’ve had ricotta pancakes on my to make list forever!). Definitely an awesome way to use up the leftover ricotta

  2. These look so good they will be perfect to take for my Bible study and my moms connection group. Thanks for another totally yummy recipe!

  3. haha! All kinds of cheesiness in this post, starting with the jokes! Love it! 🙂 The muffins look SO good. Never would’ve thought to use ricotta in them! Followed your Maui trip on Instagram and, yes, I definitely was a bit jealous. How fun!

  4. The orange/chocolate combo is probably my favorite of all time. These look positively delightful, I will definitely be making these soon. Thanks Maria!

  5. Not kidding you, just before I opened my Reader, I was thinking to myself that I haven’t made anything with chocolate and orange in awhile, and that I needed to do so as soon as I get home. Then…look what you made!
    These sound SO amazing!
    I’m glad you had a fun trip!

  6. Sounds good! I think I might try these with blueberries instead of chocolate so I can seriously pretend they’re healthy. 😉

  7. These look so delicious. I love the idea of ricotta in these cupcakes. I bet they are so moist. I would love one of these to end my night or start my day with a cup of coffee. This is my first visit to your site, but definitely won’t be my last. Keep up the good work.

  8. I made these this morning and they are SOOOO divine! I made half the batch with chocolate chips and half with fresh blueberries…delicious! The ricotta makes all the difference!

  9. As soon as I read this I knew I had to make it. So I did and I am back to say thank you for sharing this recipe! The muffins are so perfect! I modified a bit by using half a.p. flour and half w.w. flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 2 Tbsp o.j. I cannot wait to share them with friends who are coming over for brunch tomorrow!

  10. I made these today and the batter was a little thick. Also you do not mention the chocolate chips in the instructions, I guess that’s a part of the dry ingredients. The icing was also thick I followed the directions 1 cup of conf. sugar, 1/2 tsp of orange zest and 2 tbs of orange juice and I had to add more. They do taste delicious but I wonder what I did wrong? Have any ideas.

  11. Fabulous recipe! I pinned these as a way to use up some extra oranges someone gave me, and satisfy my daily chocolate craving. These are perfect. Thanks!

  12. Read your recipe while lying in bed this morning. My daughter does not like orange and chocolate together and she is out of town for a few days so it was the perfect time to make these. So I did! Delicious! I used mini semi sweet chocolate chips which I dusted in flour so they would not sink to the bottom of the muffin. The muffins did not want to become golden brown like the recipe stated ( I should have looked at your pictures again) even tho I baked them longer then recommended. I think I put the glaze on too soon. I assume I was to let them cool first. However, we didn’t want to wait for them to cool. Next time I will try the 1/2 wh wh flour and less sugar that another reader recommended and maybe some coconut oil with the butter. Thank you for another delicious recipe. I love these.

  13. These are my new favorite muffin! I love the orange and chocolate together as always and the ricotta leaves them so moist. I will def be making these again soon. I almost decided to skip the glaze, but am so happy I didn’t after eating one. Delicious!

  14. Ohhhhh my goodness. I made these last night and they are INCREDIBLE. It was my first time baking with ricotta and I am sold. Some of the best muffins I’ve ever eaten. I am typically not a fan of orange-flavored-chocolate, but these are great. I used part-skim ricotta and 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips (simply because I was out of regular chocolate chips). I am wondering how these would taste with almond extract instead of vanilla, or an amaretto glaze…

  15. I baked these last night, as a gift for my neighbors. They were so delicious, and hard to give up! Definitely will be baking them again in the future! My muffins deflated a little while they were cooling. Any suggestions on to avoid this in the future?

  16. Just made your orange ricotta chocolate chip muffins and let me say OMD (oh my dog). They are absolutely awesome. Am taking them to work tomorrow. I will be carried around the office on shoulders. They will probably write folk songs about me. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  17. I made these over the weekend – it was a fantastic recipe. However, I think next time I’d use either dark chocolate chips or a combination with bittersweet. I used milk chocolate and it was too sweet for me. Another combo I want to try would be to substitute walnuts for the chocolate chips. I used low fat ricotta because that’s all I had and they came out nice and moist. Definitely a keeper recipe!

  18. Yummy! I made these on Saturday and after munching on two (or three or four), I’ve been eating them for breakfast the past two days. Delish! Thanks, Maria!

  19. These are fantastic. I made them for a carryin breakfast and many asked for the receipe. I will be making these more often. Thank you!

  20. Absolutely delicious, Maria! These are my favorite muffins now! And I always seem to have some oranges & ricotta that need to be used up, so these are perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  21. This may be a dumb question- but how would this work with a bundt cake? Like temp/cookin time wise? Will I have to double the recipe any?

    I’m already making cupcakes for my daughters baptism & would Love to make this in bundt form

  22. I had a craving for Orange Ricotta pancakes but we weren’t in the mood for a big breakfast. You had a link to these muffins so I made them as minis and we had a perfect small breakfast. And we’ll have more for the week even better. I used mini chocolate chip which worked well for the small size. Thanks for the link and the great recipe.

  23. These are wonderful, made them last night but, just tired one this morning. Put in microwave for 10 seconds to warm up and melt chocolate chips just enough – these are moist and the Orange and chocolate are wonderful together! Thank you another great muffin recipe I will make again & again!

  24. These muffins are fantastic. Thank you so much for helping me use up my leftover ricotta cheese.  The texture of the muffin is extremely moist  and the flavor of the chocolate and orange together tastes delicious. 

  25. I baked these and followed the instructions exactly, as it was my first time baking with ricotta. They are delicious but very sweet. I would recommend cutting the chocolate chips in half and forgoing the glaze. They are good enough without the extra sugar. I will definitely make these again.

  26. These are truly delicious! Melt in your mouth, and the combination of flavors is wonderful. Great way to use up some leftover ricotta, I also hate throwing food away.

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