Mas Galletas! Chocolate Oatmeal Ricotta Cookies

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Rather than bake more pasta–perhaps in the form of stuffed shells or manicotti–I did what anyone with a crazy sweet tooth would do with her leftover ricotta. I baked cookies! ๐Ÿ˜€ I decided to replace some of the earth balance I usually use in my cookies with ricotta, hoping that I would gain a fluffy light texture. I was right! And yes, you’ve guessed it, these cookies are again, the result of what I had in my pantry (which is now officially bare and in need of major restocking!!!). I loved these cookies, although according to the CJ test, they are more akin to brownies than cookies (I personally think he was just caught up with the fact that they are brown). They definitely have the texture of cookies–soft, moist, and super fluffy, thanks to the ricotta!

Chocolate Oatmeal Ricotta Cookies (Printable Recipe)


3/4 cup ricotta

1/2 cup earth balance or butter (softened)

1 egg

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

1/3 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup chopped white chocolate


*Pre-heat oven to 350F. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder, and oats. Mix in almonds, pecans, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate. Set aside.

*Beat earth balance, ricotta, egg, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in three batches. Put bowl of cookie dough in the freezer for 10 minutes. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DCโ€™s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraโ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. I want some! Will you bring some for your visit, or maybe we can bake some fun cookies with what I have in my pantry.

    • Let’s make them to eat after our 5K race!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I bet these would be really moist and chewy! I love those kinds of cookies! YUM!

  3. I can only imagine how tasty it can be ..

  4. I love putting ricotta in cookies but I haven’t had the chance to play around too much…these look divine!! Great job!!

  5. it seems we were both in a galletas mood today! ๐Ÿ˜‰ i never thought of using ricotta in cookies… yum! will have to try this the next time i have leftover ricotta…. thanks for sharing!

  6. A terrific use of ricotta, these cookies sound yummy for sure!

  7. Yum yum yum! Chocolate and ricotta!!! I love them together!!!
    Tiffany, I love your blog! I am passing on a stylish blogger award to you that you can retrieve here:

    • Thank you for the award Manu!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. They look so tasty! Anything ricotta and I am happy camper:))

  9. I have never thought of putting ricotta in a cookie….what a genius idea. Thank you

  10. Interesting. I’m just now learning to like ricotta!

  11. Ooh this is gonna be an expensive habit to break….Good ricotta FTW though! Never would have thought of making it into cookies…brilliant!

  12. I think using ricotta cheese in cookies is the best thing ever! I make ricotta cheese chocolate chip cookies and they have never failed me. I am so excited about making your cookies tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€

    • WOOOOOO hooooooo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I will never try before using with ricotta cheese but i see ur recipe and it’s intresting for me i ‘ll definatly try this thanks for sharing this recipe.

  14. Oh yes, baked stuff with ricotta taste really good. I can imagine these cookies are really delicious.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I’ve never used ricotta in cookies. I’ve used greek yoghurt in cakes and it gives them a moistness that I’m sure is the same with the cookies -they look delish!!

  16. These cookies look so delicious! I SO seriously want some now

  17. I’ve never had cookies made with ricotta before but these look amazingly delicious. I’ll have to try them! And brownies, cookies… what’s in a name? It will still taste just as sweet!

    • My thoughts exactly! Hehe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Those look amazing! I’ve just recently been introduced to baking with Ricotta, looks like a delicious cookie! I will have to give these a try.

  19. What a fabulous idea! I love adding ricotta to muffins, but I’ve yet to try cookies. I’m going to have try this recipe soon! Thank you so much for sharing…and thank you for visiting my blog!

  20. You know, we put ricotta in tarts, pies, cheesecake and I never even thought of cookies. What a lovely combination with oatmeal in there, too. They look scrumptious!

  21. Chocolate, nuts, ricotta – you are onto a winner with these cookies!

  22. Ricotta in a cookie… that’s a great idea! And chocolate? I can only imagine the yumminess of this cookie. Great job, Tiffany.

  23. Love it! As a fellow person with a sweet tooth, I totally approve of using leftover ricotta for cookies. These sound delicious!

  24. I love the fact that you used ricotta in these cookies which by the way sound absolutely scrumptious. I will have to remember this recipe the next time I have leftover ricotta in my fridge. :o)

  25. What a great idea! And chocolate, too…they have got to be delish!

  26. I’ve never made cookies with ricotta before…what a neat idea.

  27. This is the second time this week I’ve seen oatmeal and chocolate combined together. I think the kitchen gods are trying to tell me something ๐Ÿ˜‰ Fantastic idea and wonderful pictures!

  28. Tiffany, these look great! Chocolate and me, we just go together:) Thanks also for your thoughts on my page. It means a lot to know others can relate. Have a great weekend!

  29. Ooo goodness, Tiffany, this looks fabulous. I love to make fresh ricotta at home, so I’m always looking for things to do with my homemade cheese other than pasta, tarts. or cakes. I’m definitely going to make these cookies. I know my husband will love these too.

    • Oh, I bet these taste so much better with fresh ricotta!!!

  30. Tiffany, Your sweets are all fabulous looking but this one caught my eyes because I have left over ricotta cheese I need to use. So this is great timing.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. You’re so kind.

  31. What a great idea. I love using up items in the pantry in new ways. Delicious cookies!


  32. Yummmm, ricotta cookies, that must be delicious.

  33. I’ve never heard of putting ricotta in cookies before. That sounds like it could be good! Especially if this resembles a brownie like you said. I LOVE a good brownie cookie!