12 Day of Baking: Day 3 Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies

On the third day of holiday Baking, For Love of The Mouse gave to me, Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies.

We’re back with day 3 of 12 days of holiday baking. Thanks for being here. If you like baking, especially holiday baking you have come to the right place. If you want to do a fun bake with me check out our vlog to go with this blog over on our YouTube channel.

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These cookies are soft and different from your typical holiday treat. We love the brightness of the orange flavor and the poppy seeds give it something extra.

These cookies are soft and different from your typical holiday treat. We love the brightness of the orange flavor and the poppy seeds give it something extra.

Ricotta cookies are a traditional Italian holiday treat. Italian Ricotta Cookies are soft, cake-like cookies normally topped with a simple glaze.

There are so many different versions of this classic cookie but we love to add citrus to it to give it a bright freshness perfect to offset the heavy flavors of the holidays.

If you are ready to make these delicious crowd pleasing holiday morsels so are we. Let’s get started.

First things first. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease or put silpat mats on 2 large cookie sheets.

Sift your flour and baking powder together. We highly recommend sifting. Older recipes almost always have sifting of dry ingredients. It creates a fluffier, lighter baked good. After you sift gently mix in the poppy seeds and set aside.

In your mixing bowl, combine orange zest and sugar. Using your clean (duh) fingers, mash the zest and sugar together so the flavors infuse.

Add softened butter to the mixer and mix on medium high for two to three minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time.

Mix in orange juice, ricotta cheese and vanilla until incorporated.

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix or it will make the cookies tough.

Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop even balls of dough on the cookie sheets. Bake for 15-19 minutes or until the edges are just turning brown.

While the cookies bake, mix the glaze together. Combine powdered sugar and orange juice until you reach desired consistency. You want the glaze to be thick but pourable.

Once baked, remove from the oven and cool completely.

Once cooled, top each cookie with glaze. I like a lot of glaze because… it’s pure sugar and it’s delicious.

Voila! A traditional Italian ricotta cookie with a citrus twist.

We love these cookies and we hope you do too!

Orange Poppyseed Ricotta Cookies

Delicious and simple, these cookies are an Italian classic with a cirtus twist.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 30 Cookies

Ingredients
  

For The Cookies

  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • Zest of 1 Large or Two Small Oranges
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 15 Ounces Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour Sifted
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Poppy Seeds

For the Glaze

  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp Orange Juice

Instructions
 

Pre-Baking

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Grease two cookie sheets or use silpat mats.

For the Cookies

  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Stir in poppy seeds. Set Aside
  • In your mixing bowl, combine orange zest and sugar. Use your fingers to work the zest into the sugar to meld the flavors.
  • Add butter to mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Mix in remainder of wet ingredients (orange juice, vanilla and ricotta cheese)
  • Slowly add dry ingredients until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop onto cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 15 to 19 minutes until edges are golden brown.

For the Glaze

  • Combine powdered sugar and orange juice until you reach the right consistency. Thick yet pourable.
  • Once cookies are completely cooled top with the glaze.
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