Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

Thanks to these Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing, getting your kids to eat their carrots has never been easier. Sure, it might not count as a true serving of veggies, but it tastes amazing!

It’s so much fun to try out an old-fashioned recipe. I get sad when I hear about treats that were very commonplace just a generation ago become out of date and forgotten. We’d love to revive old recipes here at Gygi and inspire a bit of nostalgia in our taste buds. We’ll start with these cookies and see what else we can find.

Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • Orange Icing
  • Juice of 1/2 orange (3 to 4 tablespoons)
  • grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Beat shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg, carrots and vanilla to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into carrot mixture and mix well.
  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  7. Transfer cookies to racks to cool.
  8. Meanwhile, make the icing.
  9. Combine juice and orange rind with butter; stir in sifted confectioners' sugar until desired spreading consistency is reached.
  10. Add more juice or confectioners' sugar as needed.
Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

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