Peachy Ricotta Cookies with a Zesty Orange Twist

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🍑🍪 Peachy Ricotta Cookies with a Zesty Orange Twist 🍪🍑

Indulge in these creamy, citrusy ricotta cookies with a delightful peachy twist, perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients:

Ricotta Filling:
2 heaping cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 tsp orange zest
Cookies:
4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup full-fat milk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Small pinch of salt
1 tsp lemon zest
Assembly:
1 cup granulated sugar (for coating)
Red or pink food coloring
1 tbsp rum, peach liqueur, or peach juice
Mint leaves or other leaf decorations


Directions:

Prepare Ricotta:
Mix ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla bean paste, and orange zest in a medium bowl. Chill in the refrigerator.
Make Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Sift flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
In another bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, milk, melted butter, salt, and lemon zest until combined.
Gradually fold dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined. Rest dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Shape dough into small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes, until bottoms are golden brown. Cool slightly on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.
Assemble Cookies:
While warm, scoop out a small portion from the center of each cookie. Pair by size.
Fill each pair with ricotta mixture, pressing halves together.
Mix food coloring with rum, peach liqueur, or peach juice. Lightly brush mixture onto cookies and roll in granulated sugar.
Chill cookies in the refrigerator before serving.
Prep Time:

Total: 4 hours (including chill time)
Kcal: 140 per cookie
Tips:

Ensure dough balls are the same size for uniform cookies.
Use food coloring sparingly to avoid making cookies too wet.
Chilling cookies enhances texture and flavor.
Enjoy these Peachy Ricotta Cookies with a Zesty Orange Twist, a refreshing treat for any gathering!

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