Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

12.02.2017

Everyone is going to fall in love with these Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies! They’re so good in fact that I’d definitely add them to my list of top 5 favorite Christmas cookies!

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

I really am head over heels in love with these cookies! They are dreamy in so many ways.

They have a melt-in-your-mouth texture, as in they are pretty much soft little pillows of bliss.

They have that irresistable flavor blend of fresh orange and dark chocolate – and it’s not just a hint. You know these are orange and chocolate cookies.

The ricotta on the other hand – that’s not a flavor you taste so don’t be worried about that if you haven’t ever made Italian ricotta cookies before.

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

Oh and let’s not forget about that finishing touch – that sweet and simple glaze just takes them over the top!

These cookies will be the talk of the Christmas party, and possibly the most loved cookie at the cookie exchange or on the cookie tray you send out.

While I do have an abundance of cookies recipes shared on my blog there’s no way I could make all of them during the holidays but these will be a cookie I’ll make time and time again when the Christmas season rolls around. They taste like those chocolate oranges that I love but even better!

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

I made these when I had family staying over Thanksgiving and they were gone in no time. And like I said no one could have guessed it was ricotta that made them so perfect.

So in other words you don’t miss out on these!

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

Also check out my recipes for Plain Ricotta Cookies and Coconut Lime Ricotta Cookies, because during the holidays you can’t have too many cookies, right :)?

And if you love that citrus chocolate combination be sure to try these super easy White Chocolate and Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Oranges (the white ones taste like an orange creamsicle – so yum!).

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

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Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

5 from 6 votes

One of my all time favorite Christmas cookies! Perfectly soft and full of that irresistable fresh orange and dark chocolate flavor. Sure to be a hit at your next Christmas party!

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 35 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (284g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp orange zest (from 2 large navel oranges)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (241g) whole milk ricotta cheese (I recommend Galbani)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (165g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Glaze

  • 1 1/4 cups (154g) powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest (about 1/2 navel orange)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together sugar, butter and 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp orange zest until combined (scrape bowl as needed throughout mixing process).

  3. Mix in egg then blend in ricotta and vanilla extract. Add in flour mixture and mix until nearly combined then mix in chocolate chips. 

  4. Cover bowl and chill 1 - 2 hours until it's not quite so sticky and a little easier to work with (if needed you can freeze it for a bit). 

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 20 minutes of dough chilling. (Note, don't use dark cookie sheets for this recipe or bottoms will burn).

  6. Scoop dough out using a medium cookie scoop or two spoons (so you have just a heaping 1 Tbsp) and drop onto parchment paper or silicone liner lined baking sheet spacing cookies 2-inches apart.

  7. Leave remaining dough chilled. Bake cookies in preheated oven 13 - 14 minutes until almost set. 

  8. Let cool on pan several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough (placing dough on a cool baking sheet). 

  9. For the glaze, in a small mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Spoon over cooled cookies. 

  10. Let glaze set at room temperature. Store cookies in an airtight container. 

  11. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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18 comments

  • Renee Claude: Can these be make ahead and freezed? December 3, 2017 at 5:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested yet but I’m guessing they’d freeze fine. I might add the glaze after they thaw so it looks fresh and pretty. December 4, 2017 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Patricia: Oh.My.Goodness. Jacklyn, these look absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try these! I love Ricotta cookies, but this will take them over the top! December 3, 2017 at 5:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them Patricia! Happy Holidays! December 4, 2017 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Lynda: These cookies look wonderful! I mixed the batter this afternoon, plan to bake in the morning. Do you think I could freeze them after they are cooled, and ice them later. I would need to freeze for a week.
    Thank you. December 3, 2017 at 8:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I think that should work just fine. December 4, 2017 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Whitney: Are you able to make these without a stand mixer? December 4, 2017 at 7:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: A hand mixer should work just fine – and since it’s a sticky batter even doing it by hand should work okay. December 4, 2017 at 12:04pm Reply

  • Julia – Vintage with Laces: I baked these cookies yesterday and they are fantastic. We love them so much that I guess I’ll have to bake another batch soon. Thank you for this great recipe, Jaclyn! It will go in my collection. December 4, 2017 at 10:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed them Julia! Thanks for your review! December 4, 2017 at 11:36pm Reply

  • Debi: Fantastic twist on ricotta cookies! Much easier to handle if you refrigerate for 2 hours. So yummy! Orange and chocolate are two of my favorites. Thanks for posting! December 5, 2017 at 2:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked them Debi! Thanks for your feedback! December 5, 2017 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Rebekah: Absolutely delicious! Made these for my OB nurses two days before I was induced and they were such a hit! Everyone asked me for the recipe so I sent them here. I agree with the other commenters- definitely let them chill for 2 hours.. much easier to handle. December 9, 2017 at 12:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for sharing my blog :)! So glad everyone liked these orange ricotta cookies Rebekah! December 10, 2017 at 10:24pm Reply

  • Deborah Lilly: I made these yesterday for a family event and everyone raved about them. We love the depth of flavor the orange juice and zest gives without being overpowering. Oh and that glaze… December 9, 2017 at 7:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy to hear they got rave reviews :). Thanks for your review Deborah! December 10, 2017 at 10:23pm Reply

  • Laura: These cookies were outstanding! May well be the best cookies I’ve ever made. The cooking instructions were perfect as well as the cooking times.
    Using these to give to all my clients for the holidays! Well done! December 9, 2017 at 6:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Laura! I’m glad you liked them so much! December 10, 2017 at 10:23pm Reply

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