Guest Chef Cookie Exchange! Anna’s Italian Orange Ricotta Cookies Scented with Cardamom


Anna’s Italian Orange Scented Ricotta Cookies

These luscious Ricotta cookies are typically flavored with lemon. However, Anna prefers a more distinctive orange flavor kissed with cardamom. She uses whole milk ricotta only; giving them a soft, cake-like texture and the fresh orange zest imparts a burst of bright citrus essence.

The icing also has orange zest as well as orange juice – so there is no mistaking the delicious citrus flavor!

Anna says “These delicious Italian-inspired cookies are very easy to make and twice as easy to enjoy.”

Note: While mixing in the flour, be sure not to over mix the dough. This step will ensure that your ricotta cookies are very light and tender.


For the cookies:

  • 2 stick (½ pound) butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 container (15 oz.) ricotta cheese, whole milk is preferred
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons orange zest, grated
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1½ cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • additional gratings of orange zest



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, ricotta cheese, orange zest and vanilla; mix until well combined. In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cardamom and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the ricotta mixture; mixing just until combined. Scoop dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet about 2” apart.
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, beat cream or milk, orange juice, powdered sugar, and almond extract until smooth. Dip then swirl the tops of the cookies into the glaze; set upright onto wire rack. Immediately top with grated orange zest.


Cookie photo source: Anna@judyschickens


15 Comments Add yours

  1. Lana they look so pretty and tasty….love the new look on your blog as well!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marisa! Actually, it was the lovely new look of your blog that inspired the change! Thank you!! I love yours as well!

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  2. I think it is so wonderful the way we all inspire each other!!!

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    1. Thank you, Marisa! So true! We have a wonderful family in our little community 🙂

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  3. Anna says:

    These look wonderful, Lana! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Anna! They’ve quickly become a favorite!

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  4. These look so pretty and sound very lovely Lana, yumm

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! They’re so delicate & perfect in every way!

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      1. yes it looks like they are!

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  5. such delightful cookies 🙂 Love cardamom in cookies 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Freda! So true–Cardamon is so delightful especially with orange!

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  6. Orange zest and almond. Yes, please. Did I say yes, please? Well done! 🍊

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    1. Thanks so much, Gail! They’re truly delicate, little, orange clouds of wonderful 🙂

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      1. It’s a Wonderful Life! 🍓

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