Grandma Italian Orange Juice Cookies

Sunday, May 31, 2009
We always had these in the house when growing up, grandma loved to make cookies with orange juice and dunk them in her coffee...a great recipe! Whenever someone got married she would make a huge batch of these....always a hit!

1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
15 ounces Ricotta cheese (whole milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
Zest of one orange
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt Optional 1 cup chocolate chips

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest

Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt

Cream together sugar, butter, and orange zest till light around 3 minutes.

Add the egg and ricotta with the extract.

Add in flour mixture and fold in the 1 cup if chocolate chips if using.

Using a floured ice cream scooper, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated 350 oven until set around 13 minutes.


These freeze well and perfect for wedding trays and holiday baking.


  1. I'll make vodka cookies and together we can have screw driver cookies. Seriously these sound good and seem easy to make. I might even be able to make them.

  2. These sound like they are going to be a new favorite for me. When you say "tie in a rope" do you keep tying them and cutting them?

  3. What a great little cookie Claudia, I can see why these would be a huge hit. :)

  4. Looks like I'm going to have to try some of these! Greg, you're too much!

  5. Yes you roll out a little piece of dough in a rope about 2 inches or however big you want them, then tie in a knot. Thanks Janis

    Greg you may have a winner there, sounds like I need to experiment with that idea!
    Thanks Triple D!
    Belinda he (Greg) may be on the right track here!

  6. Oh I love how simple this recipe is... The presentation of fabulous too! I wonder, have you tried to make them with different kinds of oranges... like blood oranges?

  7. I have never had these. I feel so sheltered. They are lovely to look at and so easy to do I will have to try it.

  8. Claudia, thank you for sharing another of your family traditions. These are great cookies!

  9. I haven't seen this type of cookie and they sound so good--I will definitely give them a try. Love anything orange!

  10. it is seriously so cute and lovely
    sounds nice for the eid day thanks for sharing

  11. They're almost too pretty to eat! Love the flavors in these. Thanks for sharing Claudia, have a good one! =]


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