Ricotta Orange Cookies with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts

Cook time: 50 Min  Prep time: 20 Min  Serves: 4 dozen

Ingredients:

 

2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c butter, softened
2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 c ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp orange juice
2 Tbsp orange zest
ORANGE GLAZE:
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
3 Tbsp orange juice
CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUTS:
1 1/4 c dark chocolate chips
1 c hazelnuts, finely chopped

Directions:

 

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine butter and sugar; beat approximately 4 minutes, until light. Add eggs, beating well. Add ricotta cheese, orange juice and zest. Beat to combine.
4. Add the flour mixture, stir to combine. Spoon approximately 1 TBSP of dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets.
5. Bake for 12 minutes, until just gently golden on edges. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
6. Orange Glaze: In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and orange juice, until smooth. Gently spread approximately a 1/2 tsp onto each cookie.
7. Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts: Place dark chocolate chips into a double boiler, melt chocolate. Cool slightly. Spoon melted chocolate into a plastic sandwich bag. Using scissors, snip off a small tip of the plastic bag, and drizzle the melted chocolate, in swirls, over each cookie. Immediately sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.
8. Allow the cookies to sit and frosting to harden. Layer in cookie tins with layers of waxed paper.

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