Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies

Vanilla and Cardamom flavored Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies |

I love ricotta cookies. Like many of you, I love lemon ricotta cookies, but this time I tried to mix other flavors and make something NEW. So, let me present you these vanilla and cardamom flavored orange poppy seed ricotta cookies with orange glaze!

How to Make Ricotta Cookies |

If you have never tried ricotta in cookies, then this is a good recipe to start with. They’re different than other cookies, trust me.

Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies |

These little guys are so moist and light and I love how the ricotta cheese gives them a bit more richness and changes the texture to be more cake-like.

Cardamom flavored Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies |

These melt in your mouth goodies are bursting with orange flavor which pairs perfectly with hints of cardamom. The poppy seeds add a lovely crunch, which I adore.

In fact, I loved this flavor so much I made similarly flavored cottage cheese waffles. SO GOOD!

Cardamom and Vanilla flavored Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies |

Don’t you want to sink your teeth into these wonderful ricotta cookies? I know I do! I had one for breakfast, one after lunch, and I’m going to have one right now!

Vanilla and Cardamom flavored Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies

Orange Poppy Seed Ricotta Cookies

4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Yummy Addiction


For the cookies:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • zest from 2 oranges
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 15 oz. (425g) container whole-milk ricotta cheese

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest from 1 orange


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or a Silpat liner. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, and poppy seeds. Stir with a whisk to blend. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Mix with your fingertips until the sugar is moistened and fragrant. Add butter to the mixture and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Beat in the orange juice, vanilla and ricotta cheese. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute to make sure everything is incorporated.
  • Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. The dough will be moist and a bit sticky because of the ricotta cheese.
  • Spoon/scoop about two tablespoons of dough for each cookie on a baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges. Remove from oven and and let rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • While the cookies cool, make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, orange juice and zest. Whisk until smooth. Spread about a teaspoon of glaze on the top of each cookie. Let glaze harden before serving. Enjoy!


  • Crystal | Apples & Sparkle
    September 2, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Put me in the camp of those that have never tried ricotta cookies, but they sound delicious! Love these flavors. : )

    • Jovita
      September 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Believe me, Crystal, you have to try them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    September 5, 2014 at 2:58 am

    These cookies look so delicious and moist! Craving a bite of one right now.. love the orange and poppy seed flavour!

    • Jovita
      September 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks, Thalia!

  • tory
    January 15, 2015 at 3:39 am

    can you put left over dough in the fridge?

    • Jovita
      February 2, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Hi Tory! I’m not sure about freezing the dough, I’ve never tried it. I would bake them and then freeze them.

  • Ali
    March 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    These cookies are delicious. Perfect texture. And though, in my opinion, the glaze is heavenly, these cookies are also delicious without it. Have you ever tried this recipe with lemon or lice instead of orange?5 stars

    • Jovita
      March 13, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Hi Ali! I have never tried this recipe with lemon, but I don’t see why you couldn’t? If you do try it, let me know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Juli
    April 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    These cookies were fantastic! My co-workers ate them all up and we raving about them! I will be making them again soon, for sure.5 stars

    • Jovita
      May 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you Juli for reporting back, youโ€™re so sweet!

  • Anna
    December 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm


    can you tell me how long the coockies last? And do i have to store them in the refrigerator? Im not sure if itยดs the same as with sugar cookies for example, because of the ricotta…?5 stars

    • Jovita
      December 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Hi Anna! Cookies are best if eaten within 48 hours of being made. Any leftovers should be stored at room temperature in a loosely sealed container.

  • Danni
    October 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Hi there… I need a cookie that can freeze and I want this to be it! LOL. Have you had any experience with freezing this cookie?

    • Jovita
      November 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      Danni, you would have to try it yourself. I can’t answer this question because I haven’t done that yet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tami
    December 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    have you ever made these with Lemon??? I bet they would be absolutely amazing!!!4 stars

    • Jovita
      December 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Yes, I tried the lemon version too and I loved it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Leslie
    December 10, 2018 at 7:32 am

    These sound heavenly, have you substituted chia seeds instead of poppy seeds?

    • Jovita
      February 23, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Hi, Leslie! I haven’t, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work ๐Ÿ˜‰

    December 11, 2018 at 7:20 am

    can you make these without cardamom?

    • Jovita
      February 23, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      Of course, you can, Pat ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kristine
    August 28, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Absolutely delicious. I had no idea how the ricotta or cardamom would work out, but everyone that I shared them with loved them. I love the addition of the orange glaze!5 stars

    • Jovita
      February 23, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you, Kristine! I am glad you liked the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen King
    December 23, 2020 at 12:46 am

    Has anyone baked and then froze them right away? I’m making xmas cookies for my family and wanted to break my cookie making in 2 nights because I work during the day. Can you make the dough and then freeze it? Or should I bake the cookies and freeze right away?

    • Jovita
      February 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      Hi, Karen! Sorry for such a late reply. The dough doesn’t freeze well but you can bake the cookies and then freeze them (without the glaze). Also, you can make the dough a day ahead and store, covered, in a fridge.

  • Mike
    December 23, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I made this recipe for the third time since I discovered it, 12/2015. They seemed to be better each time. I embellished the cookies this time for the holidays by adding sprinkles to the glaze. they turned out as expected, great.

    My wife and children love them as well. They think it’s hilarious that since I retired as a bricklayer I like to bake. Oh well, I could be engaged in noiseier hobbies I guess. Thank You.5 stars

    • Jovita
      February 2, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Your comment made my day, Mike! It’s such a nice feeling when readers come back to my recipe multiple times ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s totally awesome when men bake ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mary Warren
    August 3, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    so yummy! nice deep flavor but they disappear too fast.5 stars

    • Jovita
      August 11, 2022 at 9:06 pm

      So happy to hear it, Mary!


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