Carrot Cookies

Discover the magical fusion of sweet carrots and zesty oranges in this recipe for tangy orange-frosted Carrot Cookies! These treats are not only bursting with natural sweetness and vibrant colors but are also a delightful way to incorporate veggies into your desserts. The soft texture of the carrot cookie paired with the tangy orange glaze offers a refreshing twist to the classic cookie. Dive into this recipe and treat your taste buds to an orchestra of flavors and textures, ensuring every bite is a harmonious blend of wholesome and delicious.

Ingredients

COOKIES

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cooked and mashed carrots (about 6 or 7 carrots)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

ORANGE GLAZE

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (1 orange)
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (adjust as needed)
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Start by preheating your oven to 375°F to ensure even baking. While it’s warming up, grease a cookie sheet to avoid any sticky situations later. In a large mixing bowl, combine the shortening and sugar, ensuring a creamy consistency. This foundation gives your cookies their delicate texture.

Add in the egg, followed by the baking powder and vanilla, mixing well after each addition to ensure even distribution of ingredients. Stir in the cooked and mashed carrots, which bring moisture and sweetness to the cookies. Next, fold in the salt, flour, and chopped nuts, ensuring everything is combined but not overmixed.

Drop a tablespoon of the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, ensuring they’re spaced out to allow for spreading during baking. Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the edges turn a light golden brown. The cookies should remain soft in the center.

To make the orange glaze, in a separate bowl, combine the orange zest with the orange juice. This combination provides the frosting with its zesty punch. Gradually whisk in the powdered sugar until you achieve a smooth consistency. If the frosting appears too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar to thicken it. Add a pinch of salt to balance out the sweetness.

Once the cookies are out of the oven and still warm, generously spread the tangy orange glaze over them (or just dunk them). The warmth helps the izing spread easily and seep into the cookie, enhancing its flavor.

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