Ricotta orange cookies

1 May


This is gonna be a quickie.

See, I had a pound of fresh ricotta that needed to be used (yeah, I know, poor me!) and for some reason cookies came to mind. Don’t ask me why.

Anyhow, I searched around to get a general sense of proportions. Y’know, like how much flour would make sense for the amount of ricotta that I had on hand. Then I just kinda winged it.

Which is to say that I had no idea what I was doing. Not much of an idea anyway. And so should you decide to proceed with caution (or, gasp!, some personal knowledge of cookie baking), I will not be offended in the least.

Oh, the cookies turned out pretty well, I’d say. In no small part due to the orange that I decided to toss in late in the game.


Ricotta orange cookies

Makes around 4 dozen cookies


1 cup sugar

1 stick sweet butter, softened

1 pound ricotta, preferably fresh but not a deal breaker

Zest of one large orange (or two smaller ones)

1 tablespoon orange liqueur 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Using a mixer beat together the sugar and butter until fluffy, around 5 minutes or so.

Add ricotta, orange zest, liqueur, vanilla and eggs; mix until thoroughly blended.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt; mix until a dough forms. (Add some milk if dough appears dry.)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon (or your fingers, as I did) drop balls of dough around 2 inches apart. Bake for around 25 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.


8 Responses to “Ricotta orange cookies”

  1. twinklechar May 1, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

    Courage. I like that. Today I shall courage up and put your orange liquer ingredient in with some tequila and lime kombucha, give it a stir and call it a high grade, good for you margarita.

    Thanks Meatball! But first I gotta finish the bloody mary I just made myself.


  2. Peter May 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

    They are definitely the best orange flavored cookies I have ever had. Wonderful recipe Keep up the great creations you are doing 🤔

  3. Beth May 4, 2020 at 2:31 am #

    Sounds delish, and yes I do have ricotta that I meant to use for lasagna but I got lazy and never did. Thanks for the cookie idea!

  4. Marianne Nolan May 4, 2020 at 3:10 am #

    Are they soft or crispy?

    • mistermeatball May 4, 2020 at 9:44 am #

      Should be crispy out, soft in. At least that’s how mine turned out.

  5. Marianne Nolan May 10, 2020 at 11:23 pm #

    Delish! A very successful recipe. Added 1/2 of cacao to half the batter for some that were orangy-chocolate. Mmmmmmmm. And yes, crispy out, soft in.

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