Monday, December 16, 2013

Italian Ricotta Cheese Cookies

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I know, trust me, they are "to die for"!  These little gems are one of the most delectable cookies ever.  I mean even for a self professed chocoholic, I still choose these over the chocolate cookies.

From what I understand there are more versions of these cookies than one can shake a peppermint candy cane...
That being said, I am sharing the recipe that was given to me by my very good friends mom, or as we all referred to her as "Nona Lena".
I think the difference in these cookies is the flavor of orange...
They are light and just bursting with flavor!  I know I can't stop at just 3, I'm serious!  What?

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 10-11 minutes

Yield: 6 dozen


1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter (I used unsalted)
2 cups granulated sugar

1lb (16oz) Ricotta cheese
2 eggs

Zest of 1 orange
*optional* 2 tbsp Grand Marnier (or your favorite orange liqueur)
1 tsp vanilla
4-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


3-1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
4 tbsp butter, melted
4-6 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

- Preheat oven to 350F

-Add your flour to a medium bowl and mix in the baking powder, soda and salt, set aside.

-In a large bowl, cream your butter.  Once butter is creamed, add in your sugar and continue to cream, about 1 minute or so.  Add in your eggs, ricotta cheese, vanilla, orange liqueur (if using) and your grated orange zest.  Mix till all flavors have been incorporated.

-Slowly add in your flour.  You do not want to have the beaters on high unless you like yourself and your kitchen coated in flour.  If you do, hey, why not?

-Mix in all your flour till a soft dough forms.  Using your favorite small cookie scoop (or melon baller), scoop out dough and place on an ungreased nonstick baking sheet.

-Bake for 10-11 minutes till edges are lightly browned.  Remove from oven, let rest on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before moving over to cooling rack.

-As cookies are cooling, let's make up our frosting.  Add all your ingredients into a bowl.  Add your milk 1 tbsp at a time till you have reached your desired consistency.  I like a thicker frosting, some like a thinner.  If so, just add additional tablespoons of milk.

-Dip top of cookies with frosting and sprinkle with your favorite sprinkles.

Before giving all these babies away don't forget to grab some for yourself!!

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Just pulled out the ingredients to make these. I will finish up my Christmas baking with these cookies today. These will be included in our Christmas cookie gift packages we give to our friends in town. And I will save a few for me. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!

  2. Absolutley wonderful cookie!! 2 batches out of the oven and dipped. I love the flavor of orange especially during the holidays. Perfect Christmas cookie!

    1. So very glad you enjoy them DeeDee! Merry Christmas!