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Italian Orange-Poppy Seed Cookies

italian orange-poppy seed cookies Dessert Italian
Italian Orange-Poppy Seed Cookies
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 36

We can't get enough of these citrus-kissed Christmas cookies! Inspired by our beloved Easy Italian Christmas Cookies, we added ricotta cheese, fresh orange and crunchy poppy seed to Pillsbury™ sugar cookie dough for this flavorful twist on a classic. MORE+ LESS-

Updated August 27, 2019
Pillsbury Cookie Dough
Make with
Pillsbury Cookie Dough

Ingredients

1
roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
1/3
cup part-skim ricotta cheese (from 15-oz container)
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons poppy seed
3
teaspoons grated orange zest
1 3/4
cups powdered sugar
2
to 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in ricotta cheese, flour, poppy seed and 2 teaspoons of the orange zest until well blended. Shape dough into 36 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • 3
    Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 4
    In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of the orange juice and remaining 1 teaspoon orange zest; mix well. If necessary, add additional orange juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until thin enough for glaze. Dip tops of cookies into glaze. Let stand about 20 minutes or until glaze is set. Store in covered airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Expert Tips

  • Use fresh poppy seed in this recipe. Due to its high oil content, if not stored properly, poppy seed can go rancid quickly. Fresh poppy seed can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge 3 to 6 months or in the freezer up to 1 year.
  • For best results, bake cookies one sheet at a time on the center oven rack.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in single layers between parchment or waxed paper in refrigerator up to 1 week. Cookies can be frozen up to 2 months. To thaw, let stand uncovered at room temperature 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
20
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
4%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
45mg
2%
Potassium
10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
10g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Craving more Christmas cheer? We have all the Christmas Cookie recipes to bake all season long.

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