Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

December 2, 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

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

Orange Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cookies

5 from 29 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
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Paula

    I just made a batch for my granddaughter’S 8th Birthday party tomorrow. Of course, I had to taste test…..OMG, they are delicious!!!! I definitely will be making these again!! Grazie!!!

  • Mary

    These are the most amazing cookies!! I have made them twice and my son absolutely loves them. I will have to check out your other recipes.

  • Amy

    Absolutely amazing!!!!!! I added this recipe to my assortment of holiday cookies this year and everyone couldn’t get over how delicious they were!!! Another great recipe from Cooking Classy!!!!

  • Kristen

    I’ve made these for Christmas the past three years—they are awesome! They are a nice change from all the classics while still being very Christmas-y. Delicious!

  • BetsyP

    Oh my goodness, I just love your recipes. For the past few years I have made so many of the cookies from your site, thank you SO MUCH for sharing your talent. I made the chai spiced almonds yesterday and they are simply amazing. I have made these Orange CC Ricotta cookies for two years in a row at Christmas time (they are a huge hit) and follow the recipe to a T, however mine never look as puffy and perfectly dome shaped as yours. Am I missing something? Do you have any suggestions?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Do you use Galbani brand ricotta? I recommend it because it has a good consistency for baking.

      You could try adding an extra 1 tsp baking powder and cream butter and sugar until it’s shade lightens.

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  • Elizabeth

    Made these for my Christmas cookies collection this year. Easy and delicious! I haven’ decided if I want to glaze them just yet. They taste really good plain! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  • Beth O.

    Oh my goodness!!! My sister and niece made these for a family wedding and they were ADDICTING! They may have been the most popular ones there and they had at least 30 different types of cookies…if not more! In fact, I got on today to make them for our Christmas gatherings. I cannot wait!!! You really have to taste them to see how magical they are at any time of year. ❤️