Light and flavorful soft cookies with a cake-like texture, these chocolate and orange ricotta cookies are a crowd pleaser.
One of my favorite Food Network chef’s to watch is Giada de Laurentis. If you have ever watched one of her shows, may it be “Giada at home” or “Everyday Italian” then you probably know she always ends her show with a dessert. That’s my favorite part of the show. I’m always looking forward to her easy to make treat. I’ve tried a couple of her recipes, both savory and sweets, and always have been pleased with the results.
A while back, on her Everyday Italian show she made lemon ricotta cookies with lemon glaze. They sound so good I had to give them a try. Few days later I found myself getting a container of Sargento ricotta cheese out of the fridge and whipping up the cookies in no time.
Maybe because I was still in my early baking stages and didn’t know much, but I remember having a little problem creaming 1 stick of butter with 2 cups of sugar. Regardless, the final results were so good I immediately forgot about my little creaming incident.
This time, to make sure I don’t repeat the history, I started with 1 cups of sugar slowly adding the remaining cup followed by the eggs, ricotta cheese, orange juice and flour.
The results were the same, an irresistible cookie with a cake-like texture and a great citrus aroma.
While scooping the cookie batter on the baking sheets the idea of adding some chocolate chips hit my like a lightning. I had to try it.
Oh, yes! that’s was a bright idea! The mini-chocolate chips paired delightfully with the light refreshing ricotta citrus cookies.
One quick note. Use mini chocolate chips, the cookies spread and they are not to thick to snugly hold regular chocolate chips.
Also, since the cookie batter makes around 4 1/2 dozen of cookies I kept two trays in the fridge while the first two baked.
Both ways the cookies turned out amazing, but with just a slightly difference in looks. The ones that were chilled for 10-15 minutes before baking hold their shape better and didn’t spread that much. Either way, you really should give these cookies a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Other adaptations of Giada’s recipe
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze at Taste and Tell
Lemon Ricotta Cookies at A Bitchin’ Kitchen
Lemon Ricotta Cookies at Alaska from Scratch
Meyer lemon ricotta cookies at Ask Chef Dennis
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