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Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

Just dug out the last of the carrots from the garden a few days ago, yes they were hiding under the snow and in partially frozen ground! Carrots are great, no damage. The crop is plentiful so decided to bake carrot cookies. I don't know where I got this recipe from, years ago I copied it into my recipe binder. These cookies are moist and flavorful. And simple to make! I'm into the 'cookie baking' mood, Christmas must be around the corner!
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked mashed carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped 
  • Beat shortening, add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, carrots and vanilla. Beat well.
  • Sift dry ingredients and stir into carrot mixture until well blended. Stir in nuts.
  • Drop by tablespoons on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350ยบ for 15 minutes.
  • Ice cookies while warm.
Orange Icing
  • Juice of orange, 3 or 4 tablespoons
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar
  1. Beat until creamy.
  2. Spread icing on cookies and watch them disappear...really!!


  1. This is an all time favorite for me! Thanks for posting. I don't have a recipe so this one is going to make it into the handwritten column for me...wait...who needs handwriting? I can just find it here! One thing nice is that I KNOW it will turn out right when I find recipes here...tried and true!. Thanks Betty...This would be holiday recipe for my family. Yum Yum!

  2. Oh, I know my husband will love these cookies! Can't wait to try this recipe!

  3. Betty, my mil makes these same cookies, and I always just love them. Good job on putting this one on.

  4. Thanks Betty!

    How do you mash the carrots? Do you cook them first and then mash them?

  5. i have a friend who makes these every yeat and shares them on her christmas platter at our pot luck, now i have the recipe. i know that she would share the recipe but now i have it. the look very good.

  6. SNOW?? Where are you located?
    We are still waiting for teh first big snow here in Calgary.

  7. Those look delicious, Betty! I don't think I've ever had carrot cookies before.

  8. Those cookies do look great. I think they will be on my list of cookies to bake this christmas.

  9. Yes Jennifer I cook the carrots and then mash them.

  10. My husband's Auntie Tina used to make these...and I remembered they were good. I baked 4 batches, and sent 10 dozen to provide snack for Kidz Connexion at church tonight, dubbing the cookies "Gold Nuggets" because the Bible lesson was on Solomon's building the temple. There wasn't a cookie left!
    PS I'm thrilled with the MGCC recipe book I received for my birthday from our daughter, Laura!

  11. I will be forever grateful, I had gotten this recipe from a tupperware representative at a tupperware party about 18 years ago and lost it have been looking for it ever since. it was my favorite cookie recipe ever. thank you so very much for posting this

  12. I made these cookies with shredded raw carrot and 1and 1/2 tsp of finely grated orange rind and they were tender and tasty. Just wanted to see how they would turn out with raw carrot and they turned out good.

    1. Thank you Pat. Good to know that raw carrots worked in this recipe. I also like the addition of grated orange rind to the dough.

  13. I made these gluten free substituting the flour for an all purpose gluten-free flour mix and they were enjoyed by all who ate them !


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