Orange Ricotta Cookies

Classic Italian foods always seem to make an appearance on our family table at the holidays. For my husband Jack and his big Italian family – of course, that makes sense! 

Orange Ricotta Cookies

INGREDIENTS
For the cookies
  1. 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. A pinch of kosher salt
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 8 ounces fresh whole-milk ricotta (drain any excess liquid, if necessary)
  8. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. Zest of 1 large orange (about 2 teaspoons)

For the glaze
  1. 1/4 cup orange juice
  2. 1 teaspoon orange zest
  3. 2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the sugar and softened butter and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the first egg to the mixing bowl and mix well. Then add the second egg, and again mix well.
  • Add the ricotta, vaniila and orange zest and mix to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix on low until all ingredients are just combined – being careful not to over mix.