These orange infused sweet ricotta peach cookies really capture the essence of spring and summer. Recipe makes 22-24 peach cookies, each the size of an average apricot.
500g (2 cups + 2 TBSPs) ricotta cheese
110g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp vanilla paste
zest of 1 medium orange
540g (4 cups) all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 tbsp baking powder
3 large eggs
155g (1/2 cup + 3 TBSPs) granulated sugar
120ml (1/2 cup) milk
115g (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to warm, room T
zest of 1 lemon
granulated sugar for coating the cookies
liquid food coloring in red or pink
mint leaves or other leaf decorations (optional)
Make ricotta filling : In a medium bowl, whisk the ricotta with sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in orange zest and vanilla. Chill the mixture, covered with plastic wrap, while you make the cookies.
Cookies: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350°F) with rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until combined. Whisk in milk, melted butter and lemon zest until smooth. Mix the dry ingredients into wet in 2-3 additions, until well incorporated.