Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies


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

Ricotta Cookies with Orange and Chocolate Chips

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.

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

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

Ingredients Needed for These Cookies

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Oranges
  • Egg
  • Whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Vanilla
  • Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

How to Make Ricotta Cookies

  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In  a stand mixer cream together sugar, butter and 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp orange zest.
  • Mix in egg then blend in ricotta and vanilla extract.
  • Add in flour mixture and mix until nearly combined then mix in chocolate chips.
  • Chill 1 – 2 hours. Preheat oven near end of chilling dough.
  • Drop dough onto lined baking sheets.
  • Bake until almost set, about 13 – 14 minutes.
  • Cool completely then cover with glaze.

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

The Perfect Christmas Cookie

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!

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

More Recipes You Might Like

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 21 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!

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


  • 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


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


  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

Nutrition Facts
Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: christmas cookies, Ricotta Cookies
Calories: 134 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Nancy: Delicious!! I baked off a dozen then froze the remaining dough after I scooped out each cookie. Should I thaw before baking? December 21, 2018 at 2:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I’d thaw first. Please let me know if they bake up well, people often wonder if a dough like this can freeze. December 23, 2018 at 10:29am Reply

  • Sophia: These sound and look amazing. But do you think it would work to use dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips? December 12, 2018 at 10:00am Reply

  • Irina: Can you freeze this in advance? A week in advance? December 4, 2018 at 3:09pm Reply

  • Jo: Love that you add weights for ingredients. September 14, 2018 at 5:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you find it helpful :). It’s the only way I can bake these days, much more accurate. September 14, 2018 at 6:31pm Reply

  • Sophie: Amazing cookies! The texture was incredible and the orange chocolate taste was so good. I had to use dark cookie sheets because they were all I had and the bottoms were a little well done but the cookies were still so amazing. I love this recipe! Thank you Jaclyn for another amazing recipe! June 13, 2018 at 9:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment Sophie! June 14, 2018 at 10:43am Reply

  • Kelly: I moved these up a rack from the middle and cooked for 18 minutes. I preferred the texture that way. Everyone thought that were great at work. January 9, 2018 at 12:51am Reply

    • Kelly: *they January 9, 2018 at 12:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed these cookies Kelly! January 9, 2018 at 10:16am Reply

  • Joanne: Why are the recipe ingredients different than regular ricotta cookies which I’ve been making for years? I sometimes add grated lemon and sometimes chocolate chips to mine. So, I’m just wondering why couldn’t you use the regular ricotta recipe and add the chips and orange? Same difference, no? January 8, 2018 at 11:47am Reply

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