Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

Carrot cookies
Carrot cookies and coffee. Westend61 / Getty Images
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 36-48 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
78 Calories
6g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These carrot cookies are made with mashed carrots. They're finished with a delicious and easy orange icing. If possible, use fresh orange juice for the icing.

These are easy drop cookies.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup carrots (cooked and mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts, chopped)
  • For the Orange Icing
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice (Juice of 1/2 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (zest of 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (room temperature)

Steps to Make It

  1. Beat shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

  2. Add egg, carrots and vanilla to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.

  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into carrot mixture and mix well.

  4. Stir in chopped nuts, if using.

  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.

  6. Bake at 350° F (177° Celsius/Gas 4) for about 20 minutes.

  7. Transfer cookies to racks to cool.


  9. Meanwhile, make the icing. 

  10. Combine juice and orange rind with butter; stir in sifted confectioners' sugar until desired spreading consistency is reached.

  11. Add more juice or confectioners' sugar as needed.

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