Tuesday, August 9, 2016

GiGi's Orange Glazed Italian Ricotta Cookies

I love my Grandma (ok, I know I am Mrs. State-the-Obvious here, but I just had to say it!)!  A few years ago  I tried my hand at baking ricotta cookies for my Grandma for Christmas (I love all baked and handmade gifts!), and she loved them (which is a big deal! GiGi knows her food and her ricotta!) Now, I make huge batches of these cookies just for GiGi, whenever I know that I'm going to see her so that she can freeze them and have them on hand.
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Italian Ricotta Cookie Recipe:

2 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
2 cups cane sugar
15 oz ricotta cheese
2 eggs (room temp)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 zest of one orange (or lemon)
4 1/2 cups flour (I like to use 2 cups einkorn and 2 1/2 cups all purpose, but have also made these using 100% all purpose; both had similarly delicious results. I have not, however, done this with 100% einkorn)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Orange Glaze:

4 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temp)
1/2 juice of half an orange (or lemon)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.
  • Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add in ricotta cheese.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time.
  • Add in vanilla extract and orange zest.
  • Mix in your flour in 1/2 increments making sure that it is well combined.
  • I used heaping teaspoons to measure out each cookie.
  • Place on greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes (until edges have a touch of golden brown)
  • To make icing simply combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Allow cookies to cool before icing.
*These cookies are especially wonderful cold.
*Yes, they freeze well :-)
If you like these, you should also check out these delicious cream cheese sugar cookies.
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