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Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

This easy recipe for Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing are the perfect little cookie to enjoy with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. Enjoy them year round and be sure to include them on your holiday baking trays!


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These old-fashioned Carrot Cookiesare cake-like cookies with a soft and chewy texture. The orange icing on the top is a delicious compliment to the cookie.

My mom used to to make these little cookies when I was growing up. Mom purchased a monthly recipe card mail-order subscription and I always looked forward to opening the package every month with her to see what recipes were inside.

I had forgotten about these cookies until I found it in my pile of recipes; hand-written on a 4×6 index card.

They would be a nice mix on a holiday cookie tray and a nice contrast to the other sweet treats. Very quick and easy to make, I will definitely be making another batch of these soon!

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Cookie Dough

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer, combine shortening, sugar, eggs and carrots. Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute.

3. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, then gradually add to shortening mixture. 

4. Add coconut and stir just until combined. 

5. Drop by heaping teaspoonful, 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. 

A baking sheet with a silicone baking mat sits with six unbaked carrot cookies ready to go into the oven.

6. Bake in 400°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until no imprint remains when touched lightly. Keep an eye on them as the bottoms can brown quickly.

7. Immediately move baked cookies from cookie sheet to wire cooling rack and cool for at least 10 minutes.

Orange Butter Icing

8. In a small mixing bowl, blend butter and icing sugar. 

9. Stir in 1 tbsp. of orange juice and orange peel. 

10 Beat until icing is a smooth consistency, adding more orange juice if necessary to reach a spreadable consistency. Mixture should be smooth enough to spread, but not too runny.

11. Spread tops of cookies with icing and enjoy!

Ten carrot cookies with orange icing sit on a white pate.
A pinterest image of carrot cookies with orange icing.

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A plate full of Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing


Description

These old-fashioned Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing are cake-like cookies with a soft and chewy texture. The orange icing on the top is a delicious compliment to the cookie. I enjoyed them growing up and I hope you will too!


Ingredients

Cookie Dough

1 cup shortening

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup cooked carrots, mashed (or you can use canned carrots)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup shredded coconut

Orange Icing

3 tbsp. butter, softened at room temperature

1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar

2 tsp. grated orange peel

12 tbsp. orange juice


Instructions

Cookie Dough

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer, combine shortening, sugar, eggs and carrots. Beat on medium-high speed for 1 minute.

3. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, then gradually add to shortening mixture. 

4. Add coconut and stir just until combined. 

5. Drop by heaping teaspoonful, 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. 

6. Bake in 400F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until no imprint remains when touched lightly.

7. Immediately move baked cookies from cookie sheet to wire cooling rack and cool for at least 10 minutes.

Orange Butter Icing

8. In a small mixing bowl, blend butter and icing sugar. 

9. Stir in 1 tbsp. of orange juice and orange peel. 

10 Beat until icing is a smooth consistency, adding more orange juice if necessary to reach a spreadable consistency. Mixture should be smooth enough to spread, but not too runny.

11. Spread tops of cookies with icing and enjoy!

Notes

The prep time does not include the time to cook and mash the carrots because you could use fresh or canned carrots for this recipe. The canned ones would not add any additional prep time. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookies
  • Calories: 107
  • Sugar: 8.3 g
  • Sodium: 35.9 mg
  • Fat: 5.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.8 mg

Keywords: Carrot Cookies

7 Comments

  1. Hi Sandra just wondering if I don’t cook the carrots and I just shred them how do they come out? In carrot cake there just shredded so I’m wondering if they would come out good or not.

    1. Hi Carm, I think they would be fine although I haven’t tried them with raw carrots. I’ve seen other cookie recipes, though that call for shredded carrots. I would go for it! Please let me know how they turn out! Thanks for commenting! Sandra

    2. I believe if you add shredded carrots instead of cooked carrots, they would not be cooked enough because they are done after 8 to 10 minutes . À carrot cake bakes a lot longer. That’s my feeling anyway…

    3. I never cook the carrots. I’ve been making these for 30 years and they always turn out great. I just shred the carrots and mix them in.

  2. Great great recipe ❤️. I’ve been baking making this recipe for the last 30 years I would say ! Those cookies are light, and specially tasty with that orange frosting. AND, they are sooo beautiful !

  3. The orange icing on these cookies is so good in these surprising carrot cookies. Never tried these before but they were an instant hit!!

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