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Orange Carrot Cookies

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At first thought you may think these carrot cookies are Easter cookies. Well, indeed they can be, but they are also delicious as breakfast cookies. They even have an orange juice glaze making them perfect for a breakfast or brunch treat.

If you love to try unique cookies with fun flavor combos, definitely give these orange carrot cookies a try. They aren’t overly sweet, so they are excellent to snack on any time of day.

Carrot cookies with an orange glaze on a tray.

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze

These cookies make me think of hidden veggie recipes that many parents look for. I’m not 100% sure if they qualify, but eating carrots in the form of a cookie could be much more enticing for some! I mean, I genuinely like carrots, and I’d still prefer a cookie. 😉

The next time you crave a soft baked good that’s not overly sweet, give these carrot cookies a try. Serve them as after school homework snacks, breakfast or brunch goodies, or anytime you’d like a uniquely flavored dessert.

Carrots, sugar, flour, and other ingredients on a board.

Orange Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this recipe. The exact measurements are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Butter or shortening
  • Sugar
  • Carrots
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Orange zest
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder

Orange Icing For Cookies Ingredients

  • Orange juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Orange zest

Carrot Cookies Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare two baking sheets.

Butter and flour in a mixing bowl.

Beat the shortening or butter and sugar with a mixer until crumbly.

Carrots, flour, butter, and egg in a mixing bowl.

Add the carrots, egg, vanilla extract, and orange zest to the mixture and beat until well mixed.

Carrot cookie batter in a mixing bowl.

Gradually add in sifted flour, salt, and baking powder and mix well.

Adding cookie batter to a prepared baking sheet.

Drop spoonfuls onto your cookie sheets. Depending on the size of your scoops, you will have 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

Drops of cookie dough on a baking sheet.

Use a spoon as the dough is too soft for a cookie scoop.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Powdered sugar, orange juice, and carrots in bowls.

Make the glaze while the cookies are cooling by combining the hot orange juice and powdered sugar.

Whisking orange juice into powdered sugar.

Stir until smooth, and then stir in the orange zest.

Carrot shavings in a bowl with glaze.

Drizzle the glaze on top of the cooled cookies.

Adding glaze to orange carrot cookies.

If you’d like, lightly sprinkle additional orange zest on top of the cookies.

Orange cookies topped with carrot glaze.

Serve and enjoy!

Orange juice carrot cookies on a cooling rack.

Carrot Cookie Recipe Notes and FAQ

What supplies do I need to make this recipe?

You will need a mixer, large mixing bowl, cookie sheet, and a small mixing bowl to make this recipe.

Plate of carrot cookies with more cooling on a rack in the background.

How do I store the leftover cookies?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. The cookies should be good for at least five days.

Orange cookie with a bite taken out of it on a rack.

Do not use a cookie scoop.

The dough for these cookies is way too soft for a cookie scoop. Use a spoon as directed above.

Stacked cookies on a tray. The cookies have a carrot glaze and are orange in color.

Great for breakfast cookies!

Are breakfast cookies a thing? These soft cookies are not super sweet and go really well with coffee, so I say go for it.

Overhead shot of carrot orange cookies on a rack and on a tray.

An orange cookies recipe.

Use this recipe if you ever need orange cookies for a theme. Think Halloween, Easter, gender-neutral baby showers, school colors, or any spring event since it’s a pastel color.

Yield: 36 cookies

Orange Carrot Cookies with Glaze

Carrot cookies with an orange glaze on a tray.

A soft cookie that's not too sweet. Carrot cookies with an orange juice glaze.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2/3 cup Shortening or Softened Butter
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Carrots, cooked and mashed
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Hot Orange Juice
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • Zest of 1 large or 2 small oranges, less 1 teaspoon used in cookie dough.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. With a mixer, beat shortening and sugar until crumbly.
  3. Add carrots, egg, vanilla, and orange zest to sugar mixture and beat until well mixed.
  4. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder and gradually add to dough, mixing well.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 15 minutes until golden.
  7. Make glaze while cookies are cooling by combining hot orange juice and powdered sugar. Stir until all lumps are smooth, then stir in zest.
  8. Drizzle glaze on top of cooled cookies.
  9. Optional: lightly sprinkle with additional orange zest for garnish.

Notes

This cookie dough is too soft for a cookie scoop. It works better if you drop from a spoon.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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