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Orange Ricotta Cookies

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  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 42 mins
  • Yield: 5 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian


Remember those Orange Dreamsicle popsicles you loved as a kid? Yeah, these Orange Ricotta Cookies are pretty much the cookie version of those. You’ll love them!


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 15 ounces Ricotta cheese (whole milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • Zest of one orange
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 45 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 23 drops orange extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar and eggs on medium speed.
  3. Add Ricotta cheese and mix until smooth. Add vanilla extract, orange extract, and orange zest and blend.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix flour with baking powder and salt.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients on low speed until a dough is formed.
  6. Drop the dough by tablespoons onto a baking sheet. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Cookies will just be starting to get golden around the bottom edges.
  7. Remove from baking sheet and place on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
  8. Spoon glaze onto cookies or turn cookies upside down and dip the top of the cookie into the glaze. Allow the glaze to fully set before storing.


  1. Whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract or paste, and orange extract in a small bowl until smooth. Start with 4 tablespoons of orange juice and add more as needed. The glaze should run off the end of a fork in a ribbon (not drips) when it is the right consistency.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 84mg
  • Fat: 4.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg