Recipe by JONILYN
"My Grandma used to make these cookies all the time, and I grew up hooked! You'll be surprised at how great the combination of flavors are, especially with the citrusy glaze."
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1 1/2 cups
mashed cooked carrots
orange, zested and juiced
A soft, moist cookie! The texture is the same as a "whoopie pie" style cookie- they do not spread while baking. We toasted our walnuts on the stovetop with butter and salt before chopping, and added raisins to the batter. The kids also shook in some cinnamon and nutmeg. Each cookie is like a mini carrot cake!
Really bland, even with lots of spices.
I thought the recipe was missing a bit in the flavor dept, and I'm so glad I followed my instinct, because the flavor is light enough as I made them...without the changes I think they'd be quite bland. I added orange zest and juice to the batter, plus about 4.5 tsps of spices: allspice, ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice. The batter looks very wet, so the cookies are very cake like. I made cream cheese frosting and added another orange worth of zest plus half an orange's juice to that.
I used butter instead of shortening--it was what I had on hand and added 1/2 tsp of orange extract to the glaze frosting. These turned out pretty good. Took them to work--they did not last long!
My grandmother made these all the time at Christmas too! They are definitely cake-like cookies, and I firmly believe the recipe is not to be messed with :) I have never heard of putting nuts in them, and prefer them without, but the rest of the measurements/ingredients in this recipe is identical to her recipe.
THESE ARE GREAT. I USED CANNED CARROTS TO SAVE TIME AND I JUST ADDED STORE BOUGHT ORANGE JUICE TO THE POWERED SUGAR UNTIL I HAD THE RIGHT CONSISTENCY FOR THE GLAZE. WILL DEFINATELY MAKE AGAIN
Worth the extra time to cook and mash the carrots. The whole family loves these cookies!
Without the walnuts, these are exactly as I remember the ones my grandmother would send to me in Vietnam.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Orange Carrot Cookies
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 119
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