Saturday, November 14, 2009

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze

I was in the mood to make cookies the other day. I asked Shawn what kind of cookies he would like. He started talking about a cookie his mom used to make that had carrots in it, and he remembers really liking them. I was dubious but went searching for a recipe. I found this one at I have to admit he converted me. These are tasty little gems. And maybe you can feel less guilty about eating them because they are so healthy, right? Right. Oh, and Shawn also said they are pretty darn close to what his mom used to make. Hope you enjoy!

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze
  • 1 c. shortening
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. cooked, mashed carrots- Just a note here: you want them very soft for easy mashing, so boil the crap out of those carrots. I was also surprised at the number of carrots it took to make a cup, mashed. I would boil 2-3 cups raw carrots.
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Beat shortening and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and carrots. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to carrot mixture. Mix well. Drop by the tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Move to a cooling rack. Glaze cookies while they are still warm. Store in an air-tight container. If you stack the cookies in the container, place waxed paper between the layers to keep the cookies from sticking together. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Orange Glaze
  • juice of 1/2 orange- about 3-4 Tbs.
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add orange juice and powdered sugar. Mix well. Add orange zest and mix well. Glaze cookies by placing a cookie sheet beneath cookie cooling rack. Pour warm glaze over cookies and let cool.


Anderson said...

You posted again!!! Yayy! (I'm doing a happy dance right now... well, at least mentally. My big fat pregnant butt doesn't allow for much more lately, lol.) And you're right: the carrot-in-cookie idea sounds questionable. But I love zucchini and such. These LOOK fab, though, so I think we may have to try them. Great recipe! Thanks!

Robyn said...

They look yummy! I think I remember having these a long time ago. My kids are glad the cat is back! :)

JJ said...

My grandmother and I used to make these cookies. Brings back memories. I remember loving them, and I wasn't a veggie eater back then!