Chocolate Orange Ricotta Cookies

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Indulge in dessert heaven with these delightful chocolate orange ricotta cookies! Made with ricotta cheese, orange zest, and dark chocolate, they’re the perfect treat for the holiday season.

These chocolate orange ricotta cookies are a sure hit at any holiday cookie exchange! With their chewy texture and wonderful flavor, they’ll be the talk of the party. The secret ingredient? Ricotta cheese! Once you try these soft cookies, they’ll become your holiday obsession.

Introducing your new favorite Christmas cookies! These chocolate orange ricotta cookies, inspired by our sister site, The Cheese Knees, are bursting with flavor. We’ve added dark chocolate and orange zest to take them to the next level of deliciousness.

So, how do you make these heavenly treats? It’s simple! Just whip up your homemade cookie dough as usual, but add orange zest and ricotta cheese to the mix. After chilling the dough for 3 to 4 hours, bake it in the oven, dip in chocolate, sprinkle with orange zest, and voilà — you’ve got soft, flavorful cookies that everyone will love!

Chocolate Orange Ricotta Cookies

Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 36


Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 7 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese at room temperature (~1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Chocolate Dip

  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, use an electric hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add orange zest, ricotta cheese, and vanilla extract, then beat until combined.
  • Beat in the egg until fully mixed.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing well after each addition.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ and prepare a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Use a tablespoon cookie scoop to form dough balls and place them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.
  • Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  • For the chocolate dip, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together, then dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate.
  • Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the cookies and sprinkle with orange zest.
  • Allow the chocolate to cool and harden before serving.


Adding orange zest to melted chocolate may cause it to seize, so sprinkle it on before the chocolate hardens.

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