Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze

Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies Recipe from White On Rice Couple

You know how you are searching for one thing and end up on a tangent, totally forgetting about your original search, but you did find something awesome. That is how these cookies came about.

In another moment of distraction, or was is work avoidance, we stumbled upon Giada’s Lemon Ricotta cookies. The recipe looked tasty and the raves were stunning, so we just had to make them.

Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies Recipe from White On Rice Couple

Wandering about in the garden to pick some lemons for the recipe, I passed by one of our blood orange trees. The two trees we have have “gone gorilla” with the fruit this year and we just can’t make enough Blood Orange Margaritas or Sidecars to keep up. Out of all our citrus, the blood orange was one of the first to have its fruit ready this year, and by now many of those early ripeners are begging to be picked. Actually they’ve gone past begging, now some are starting to droop without enthusiasm, given up hope that they will be picked next.

So I bypassed the lemons and picked a basketfull of the blood oranges. Some were squeezed and added with a touch of simple syrup and soda water for a refreshing beverage. Have to make sure we get enough citrus to ward off scurvy. And others were zested then squeezed and made into these cookies.

Um… uber delicious. The ricotta cookies are a fluffy, cake like cookie. A bit unassuming when bitten into before the glaze, but after the glaze, tasty! Like eating glazed cupcake tops.

Hope you love it.


Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies Recipe from White On Rice Couple


Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies Recipe from White On Rice Couple

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Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze

Yield: @ 36 Cookies

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Recipe adapted from Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze. These are a fluffly, cake like cookie. On their own, the cookies will taste a bit unassuming, however when the glaze is added, they become highly addicting.


cookie ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (310g) Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 cups (200g) Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) container (425g) whole milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) fresh Blood Orange Juice
  • zest from 1 Blood Orange

glaze ingredients

  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups (360-420g) Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh Blood Orange Juice
  • zest from 2 Blood Oranges


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a couple sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixers, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Beat in the ricotta, blood orange juice and blood orange zest. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute to make sure everything is incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated.
  4. Spoon the dough (about 2 tablespoons for each cookie) onto the lined sheet pans (the cookies will not spread very much). Bake for 15 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.
  5. While the cookies cool, make the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, blood orange juice and blood orange zest in a bowl and stir until smooth. Adjust the amount of confectioners sugar to make the glaze to your desired thickness (more confectioners sugar = thicker glaze). Spoon glaze onto each cookie. Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours.
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  1. Vickie

    I made these cookies. They are delicious! I have been looking for recipes to use my blood oranges, and this filled the bill. Everyone loved them too!

  2. harveys mom

    you guys these were amazing!!! thanks so much for this recipe. we had a retirement party yesterday and i made them for 70 people and they couldn’t stop talking about how delicious they were. bravo!!!

  3. El Cajón de las Especias

    Magnificent recipe! The cookies look great alone but with blood orange glaze are spectacular!
    Congratulations for the recipe!

    ‘Spicy’ greetings

  4. Nik@ABrownTable

    I wish I could find blood oranges with ease in D.C., the cookies look gorgeous.

  5. alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog]

    How funny. First thing I made when I received the meyer lemons? Lemon-basil ricotta cookies. Posts should be up next week. I eeked out 3 different baked goods and still have zest + juice in the freezer for more! Thanks again, y’all, for hosting such a fab giveaway.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Alexandra- so happy you won and the meyer lemons went to a good home and great kitchen.

  6. Abby

    oh, such gorgeous photographs. absolute perfection!

  7. sara

    Yum! I’ve made the lemon version of these cookies and really loved them…the blood orange is even prettier! Great color.

  8. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    I love everything about this. One of the first cookies I ever made on my own was the Ricotta Cookie. I felt so proud when the first batch came out of the oven. Unfortunately, they didn’t taste all that good. I eventually mastered it though 🙂 Add blood orange? I am totally in 🙂

  9. Kiran @

    As a HUGE fan of glaze on cookies, I know I’d love this cookies. Nom nom 😀

  10. Angela

    Beautiful. We will have a bumper crop of limes. Do you think they’ll make a good substitute as well?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Hello Angela, Yes, we’re sure limes would work well too. If it’s too tart, you might just want to add a bit more sugar to the glaze. Let us know how it works!

  11. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Gorgeous! It would be hard to save any of the glaze for cookies as I can see myself eating it with a spoon!

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    That glaze is fabulous! Love it!

  13. Rachel @ Twin Tough

    These look delicious! Love the blood orange glaze!


    I’m not a fan of glaze on cookies but after reading this – and the beautiful color – man did i change my mind.

  15. Lizzy (Good Things)

    How exquisite.

  16. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Now this is so lovely. I love using blood oranges. The citrus flavor is so delish and the color is perfect!

  17. I love the color of bloody oranges, the taste is unique as well. This glaze must be super delicious.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Hi Marta- your baked eggs in avocado post looks gorgeous!!

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