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Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies




For the cookies:
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1½ cups sugar
zest from 2 oranges
2 eggs
½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese
For the glaze:
1½ cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
zest from 1 orange

Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  18 mins
Total time:  33 mins
Serves: 36 cookies

Instructions



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or a Silpat liner. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, and poppy seeds. Stir with a whisk to blend. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add butter to the mixture and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Beat in the orange juice, vanilla and ricotta cheese. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute to make sure everything is incorporated.
Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. The dough will be moist and a bit sticky because of the ricotta cheese.
Spoon/scoop about two tablespoons of dough for each cookie on a baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from oven and and let rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
While the cookies cool, make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice and zest. Whisk until smooth. Spread about a teaspoon of glaze on the top of each cookie. Let glaze harden before serving. Enjoy!