Life has been too hectic to blog this week but there’s always time for summer treats 💋
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Sweet ricotta peach cookie
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.
Author: Mitzy At Home
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 (3 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
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
zest of 1 lemon
granulated sugar for coating the cookies
liquid food coloring in red or pink
mint leaves or other leaf decorations (optional)
In a medium bowl, whisk the ricotta with sugar until smooth and creamy.
Add orange zest and vanilla and stir until incorporated.
Chill the mixture, covered with plastic wrap, while you make the 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.
Finish mixing the dough with your hands and press it into a ball. If it’s very sticky add another tablespoon or two of flour until it sticks together. Let rest for 5 minutes.
With the help of a spoon, roll the dough into 44-48 small balls (shape them with your hands until smooth) and transfer them to the prepared baking sheets.
They need to be placed about 2.5cm (1 inch) apart, as they will rise during baking.
Press down each ball slightly, so it flattens a bit.
Bake the first round for about 15 minutes, until bottoms are golden brown (the tops will remain pale). Rotate the pan halfway through baking.
As you take the first tray of cookies out, put the second one in the oven.
While the cookies are still warm, cut a circle in the bottom of each cookie and scoop out enough of a cookie for it to hold some filling. (Be careful, don’t pierce the cookie too deep or you risk breaking it.) Set aside.
Do the same with the second tray.
Find a pair for each cookie, you want the halves of the peach to be of similar size.
Fill each cookie hole with enough ricotta filling that it covers it (about a teaspoon). Press the two flat sides of each half together and gently wipe away any filling that comes out at the edge.
Brush each peach with food coloring, gently roll it in sugar and place on a large plate.
Continue with the rest of the cookies.
Chill cookies, covered with plastic wrap, for a few hours before serving. This will harden the ricotta and moisten the cookies.
Decorate the cookies with small mint leaves before serving, to mimic peach leaves.
These cookies keep for about 4 days and taste best on the first two days. Leave them out at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
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