These fluffy blood orange ricotta cookies are topped with a blood orange icing and finished with sprinkles to seal in that smile in cookie form.
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I have a confession that might make Bob’s family disown me – I think almost all of the cookies found on an Italian cookie table taste the same… and I don’t like them. At most they taste like almond but otherwise they are crunchy, not very sweet, bland cookies. Except for the rainbow layer cookies which are my favorites (especially white chocolate covered ones).
Apart from all the crunchy varieties, there is a softer cookie that sometimes makes an appearance – ricotta cookies.
Oddly enough, even though I am not a cakey cookie fan (chewy FTW), cookies like these ricotta cookies, the orange carrot cookies from Bob’s family recipe box, and rainbow cookies are some of the few Italian cookies I like. Sadly, in my experience they are not normally found on the famed cookie table.
I hope for everyone else’s sake that is not the case, especially because this blood orange version is quite exceptional. Think of an orange Lofthouse cookie, but a little taller and way better (IMO).
The zest of the blood orange is in the cookie dough alone with the full fat ricotta. Don’t skimp out on me, if you want soft but still slightly chewy cookies, fat is key. Then the blood orange juice is what makes the icing so pretty in pink. Literally no food coloring, unless you finish them off with some sprinkles. And in the spirit of spring why not literally sprinkle some more joy onto these pretty little things?
Big shout out to our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors that made this recipe possible: Dixie Crystals granulated pure cane sugar, Anolon cookie sheet with silicone grips, Melissa’s Produce blood oranges, Sweets & Treats sprinkles, and Taylor & Colledge vanilla bean paste. I loved those ingredients so much I later made almond blood orange short bread cookies, too.
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- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 15 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese
- Zest of 2 blood oranges
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Juice of 2 blood oranges
- Sprinkles, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside/
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar for 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, ricotta cheese, and vanilla and mix just until combined.
- Add half the flour mixture and mix until combined. Repeat with the second half until a soft dough forms. Use a medium cookie scoop to roll into golf ball sized balls and place on prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Allow to cool 5 minutes on the pans before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. Add orange juice a little at a time until you reach desired consistency (I prefer mine a bit less firm).
- Spread glaze over the cooled cookies (or dip tops into the glaze) and top with sprinkles, if using. Let set until firm.
Source: Adapted from In Katrina’s Kitchen.
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