Soft Ricotta Cookies Recipe Dipped in Chocolate

This untraditional Ricotta Cookies Recipe is a unique addition to the holiday cookie box.


| Capper’s Farmer Holiday Special, Winter 2012


These cookies are soft and billowy, and reminiscent of a day in the Italian countryside.

The key to this recipe is using fresh, flavorful oranges — California Navels or Valencias are best. One orange will render enough juice and zest for this recipe. Also, do not try to “cut calories” by using low-fat or partially skim ricotta. Use the real deal. When creaming the butter and sugar, beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for at least 3 minutes, preferably 5 minutes, or until the mixture is no longer gritty (set a timer — 3 minutes is longer than you think). Creaming incorporates air into the batter and gives the cookie a nice rise.

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Soft Ricotta Cookies Recipe Dipped in Chocolate

Cookies:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal (medium grind)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 orange, zested

Dip:
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao)

To make cookies: Heat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.





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