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Cannoli Cookies


Yields about 32 2-1/2-inch cookies.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 61

Like the Italian pastry, these cakey cookies are enriched with whole-milk ricotta and scented with grated orange zest.

  • 9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour (I use Pillsbury)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup whole-milk ricotta, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 4-1/2 oz. (3/4 cup) chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt until well blended.

With a stand mixer (use the paddle attachment) or a hand mixer, beat the butter and ricotta on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, orange zest, and vanilla; beat until blended, about 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl. On medium speed, add the egg and beat until blended. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until almost completely blended. Pour in the chocolate chips and continue mixing until just incorporated. Scrape the dough down from the sides of the bowl, cover with plastic, and refrigerate until slightly firmer, about half an hour.

Heat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with nonstick baking liners or parchment. Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are light golden, about 15 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the sheets on racks for 5 minutes before transferring them to racks to cool completely.

Store at room temperature or freeze in an airtight container, separating the cookie layers with waxed paper.

Photo: Scott Phillips

Great recipe, very easy. Baked in about 12 minutes in electric oven. Delicate orange flavor balances well with dark chocolate chips (I used ghiradelli bittersweet). Double recipe made 53 tablespoon sized cookies.

These cookies are PERFECT!! Everything about them was just delicious. I had many people comment how they were not overwhelmingly sweet and how they could just keep eating them. Going in my box of Favs!

These cookies are great! "Tender" describes them perfectly. The orange zest adds a subtle flavor, and they were a big hit at the party I took them to. I used semi-sweet chips (I don't think the recipe specifies.)

This cookie had a subtle richness due to the ricotta cheese and was a nice change from regular chocolate chip cookies (different texture). I added a few more chips for fun.

Orange and chocolate, yum. The ricotta makes these so tender.

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