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!
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 4x6 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!
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.
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!