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Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies Recipe

Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies Recipe


Easy and delicious orange carrot cookies are made with mashed carrots and then glazed with a delicious orange icing. Perfect as a springtime dessert or breakfast treat!

Most seasons have specific desserts or flavors associated with them. Fall is the season for pumpkin spice, winter is when chocolate and peppermint reign and anything light and fruity reminds me of summer. But what about spring? In my house, any kind of dessert with carrots in its ingredient list is a springtime dessert. Carrot cake, carrot muffins and this new recipe I’m sharing today for orange carrot cookies all scream of spring!

orange carrot cookies

No matter the reason, when spring comes around, I start dreaming of carrot everything. That is how I ended up creating this orange carrot cookies recipe! Besides having a whole cup of shredded carrots baked into the cookies, these tiny morsels are also bright and zesty, just like the spring season!

orange carrot cookies recipe

After baking these easy orange carrot cookies recipe once, my family and I fell in love and they quickly became a springtime favorite. They have even become our new favorite Easter cookies too!

HOW TO MAKE ORANGE CARROT COOKIES 

To make my orange cookies with orange glaze, I start by beating together shortening and sugar. You can opt to use butter in place of the shortening but I have found that the shortening makes the cookies stay soft and chewy for days after baking.

orange carrot cookies with orange glaze

Shredded carrots, eggs, vanilla and fresh orange zest are added to the mixer and beat well. The batter will look a little wet and frothy at this point. Mix the batter slowly until it becomes smooth. It may take a few minutes of slow mixing to get the perfect texture.

orange carrot cookies recipe

Add the dry ingredients to the cookie batter and then, once mixed, scoop the cookie dough onto a flat cookie sheet and bake! The batter may be a little softer than your average cookie dough but that is exactly how it should be. It is actually easiest to drop the batter off from a spoon onto the tray rather than using a cookie scoop.

Only bake the cookies until they are just beginning to turn a golden brown. If they are too dark, the orange cookies get dry and crunchy. A light golden colored cookie will be tender and chewy. They will also stay fresh for longer, keeping that nice soft texture.

orange carrot cookies recipe easy

I make these delicious drop cookies topped with an orange glaze and orange zest. Some powdered sugar and orange juice mix together to become a flavorful, thin glaze that will coat the cooled cookies completely. The glaze also gives the cookies a little extra sweetness. However, you can skip the orange glaze if you want them more of a less sweet, breakfast cookies. All that carrot inside the cookie makes it perfect for breakfast! Orange cookies and a cup of hot coffee is one of my favorite ways to wake up in the spring!

how to make orange carrot cookies

There is so much to love about these perfect springtime orange carrot cookies! Orange and carrot makes a wonderful, vibrant flavor combination that mimics the bright spring weather. Shredded carrot is a springtime hallmark dessert ingredient and there is plenty of that in every single cookie! The recipe is also just so easy to make that you can bake these orange carrot cookies in a matter of minutes. That’s why I end up making them so often!

orange carrot cookies with orange glaze

If you are looking for new Easter desserts or just an exciting springtime favorite, my carrot cookies recipe is the one you need to try. The sweet orange icing and the velvety texture of the cookies is something that you are sure to love. I know that my family looks forward to these every year, just as much as they crave the warm spring weather.

Give these orange cookies a try and let me know what you think. Are you now hooked on breakfast cookies? Did you serve a big platter of orange sugar cookies for Easter? Did you have to make a triple batch just to have enough?! I’d love to hear all about your cookie making experience! Enjoy!

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Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies Recipe


  • Author: Jocelyn Brown

Description

Easy and delicious orange carrot cookies are made with mashed carrots and then glazed with a delicious orange icing. Perfect as a springtime dessert or breakfast treat!


Ingredients

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Ingredients:

2/3 cup shortening or softened butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup carrots, cooked and mashed

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla 

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.

 

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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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62 Comments

  1. March 20, 2022 / 10:11 am

    I love these cookies. I have had carrots cookies before and they are fantastic. I will try this recipe.

  2. Rachel
    March 18, 2022 / 6:21 am

    Looks like a great recipe for spring.

  3. March 17, 2022 / 10:40 pm

    This looks soooo yummy! And easy to make, too. So saving this recipe for the weekend.

  4. March 17, 2022 / 8:56 pm

    These sound amazing and absolutely perfect for springtime. I love carrot cake so I can only imagine them as cookies.

  5. Monica Simpson
    March 17, 2022 / 4:14 pm

    What a unique combo of flavors! I can’t wait to try!

  6. March 17, 2022 / 12:06 pm

    YUM! Adding this to the menu this year!

  7. Lynn Armstrong
    March 17, 2022 / 1:46 am

    Omg yum!! I have never tried carrot cookies, but these look delicious 😍 and now I can’t wait to bake them!! I have a feeling my kids are going to LOVE these. 😄

  8. April 28, 2021 / 11:50 pm

    perfect combination of flavors!! will try this soon

  9. goodbitesbyche
    April 26, 2021 / 7:09 pm

    This looks so good and delicious indeed! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Sarah
    April 25, 2021 / 3:41 pm

    These look really good. I wouldn’t have thought of them but I’m definitely going to have to try.

  11. Lynn
    April 25, 2021 / 2:53 pm

    These look delightful.
    I saved this receipt to try later this spring.

  12. April 25, 2021 / 12:39 am

    I want to try Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies! It looks so yummy and tasty! I can’t wait to do it.

  13. April 24, 2021 / 6:31 pm

    I’ve never had carrot cookies these sound do intriguing!

  14. April 24, 2021 / 3:24 pm

    I’m not too much of a carrot fan but I know I have to eat it. However, I do like it as a cake so these cookies are something that I’d readily eat as well.

  15. April 24, 2021 / 4:13 am

    I’ve honestly never tried carrot and orange together. And most especially not in a cookie. This seems interesting! Worth a try!

  16. anas
    April 24, 2021 / 4:05 am

    Wah I never even heard of carrot cookies! but thanks for the inspiration I may try it over the weeknd 😀

  17. April 23, 2021 / 11:27 pm

    Those flavors sound so good together. I have to make these!

  18. April 23, 2021 / 9:17 pm

    These sound delicious…and my daughters love cookies! 🏨🍕👓

  19. April 23, 2021 / 7:25 pm

    So, they are like carrot cake, but in cookie form. They sound great to me!

  20. April 23, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    These are perfect cookies for the summer!

  21. April 23, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    These are perfect cookies for the summer!

  22. Sara Perez
    April 23, 2021 / 11:21 am

    My youngest LOVE carrots. I’ll have to try this as a special treat for him

  23. April 23, 2021 / 11:06 am

    Yum! These cookies look so refreshing and delicious!

  24. April 23, 2021 / 10:57 am

    These look so good! Gonna try to make them this weekend!!

  25. April 23, 2021 / 10:45 am

    Those sound so good! I would love to try these. It’s almost like carrot cake in cookie form.

  26. catherine santiago jose
    April 23, 2021 / 8:50 am

    Your carrot cookies looks really good and tasty, and I am going to try this at home. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Gervin Khan
    April 23, 2021 / 8:49 am

    Oh my goodness, these carrot cookies looks really delicious. I need to try this recipe. Yum!

  28. April 23, 2021 / 7:43 am

    They look so yummy! I’ve never had carrot cookies so I’m definitely intrigued. Will have to save to try baking myself. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Angela
    April 23, 2021 / 7:15 am

    wow, thank you so much for the recipe. I really love orange flavor cookies.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  30. Mia
    April 23, 2021 / 3:27 am

    This sounds and looks FANTASTIC!! I’m definitely adding this to my dessert queue to try!!!

  31. April 23, 2021 / 2:27 am

    These sound and look fantastic! And not to hard to make either! Just my style!

  32. April 20, 2021 / 9:00 pm

    My family makes carrot cookies each year for the holidays, but we’ve never tried an orange glaze (we usually do cream cheese frosting)! Yummy!

  33. April 14, 2021 / 6:45 am

    I am a big carrot cake fan–I’d even drizzle it with a whole heap of cream cheese frosting. I have never tried making carrot cookies before. Will definitely give this a try. I have a feeling that the orange zest glaze would taste good with cream cheese!! 😛

  34. Lynn
    April 12, 2021 / 9:38 pm

    These look so yummy and delicious!! I love carrot cake!!!

  35. April 12, 2021 / 8:00 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of carrot cake but my uncle loves it. I’ll have to send this recipe to his wife so she can bake them for him.

  36. April 12, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    Oh I have never thought about pairing carrots and orange together. I have oranges in my fridge now I need these cookies in my life!

  37. April 12, 2021 / 8:07 am

    I am checking out some recipes to try out and glad I came over your post. I will definitely save this so I can give it a try too. Thank you for this!

  38. April 11, 2021 / 9:18 pm

    this combination sounds so wonderful and the color is so pretty; adding to our must-make-soon list

  39. Heather
    April 11, 2021 / 7:54 pm

    This cookies sound delicious. I love the addition of the carrots.

  40. Catalina
    April 11, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    These cookies look amazing! I love baking cookies every weekend and these are on my next to bake list.

  41. April 11, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    I’ve had carrot cake before, but never had carrot cookies, yet. Will try making this soon.

  42. April 11, 2021 / 5:51 am

    I have never heard of this combo before, it sounds awesome!!

  43. April 11, 2021 / 5:02 am

    Mm! I’m adding this on my list to make.

  44. Beth
    April 11, 2021 / 3:54 am

    These cookies look amazing! I bet they are really delicious, I want to make them soon,

  45. April 11, 2021 / 1:01 am

    These sound delicious, and refreshing too. I think this is a wonderful combination, and the citrus zest is a nice change from our usual sweets.

  46. Kimmy
    April 10, 2021 / 10:09 pm

    These look so yummy!

  47. April 10, 2021 / 9:07 pm

    Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies sounds so healthy! I think I will use my excess carrots for this recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Will make it on weekends.

  48. April 10, 2021 / 5:10 pm

    When I first saw the title I thought that I was going to be glazed carrots. My son makes some fabulous Spicy Maple Glazed Carrots nad I was curious as to what you do. When I saw that this is a cookie I definitely became intrigued… though in a different way…lol.

  49. April 10, 2021 / 4:07 pm

    Never tried carrots in a cookie so this is definitely a must try for me.

  50. April 10, 2021 / 3:59 pm

    I love orange and carrot together so I’m going to definitely make this cookie recipe!

  51. April 10, 2021 / 2:38 pm

    I love carrot cake so I’ll have to try these carrot cookies!

  52. Samantha
    April 10, 2021 / 1:59 pm

    These look fantastic! I love carrot cake so carrot cookies are right up my alley.

  53. April 10, 2021 / 1:55 pm

    Carrot cake is a new favorite for me. I need to give these a try. They look and sounds delicious.

  54. April 10, 2021 / 1:38 pm

    Love this recipe. I haven’t had carrot cookies before and love how they look on your pictures. My family will enjoy this cookies!

  55. April 10, 2021 / 12:29 pm

    I have never had carrot cookies before. These look delicious!

  56. April 10, 2021 / 4:08 am

    These look tasty. I am not a big fan of carrot cake however, I would give these a try.

  57. Ryan Escat
    April 10, 2021 / 3:46 am

    I’ve tried eating carrot cake before but haven’t tried cookies. I bet it’s also great. Thanks for sharing this

  58. Nikki Wayne
    April 10, 2021 / 3:34 am

    This seems like my type of cookie. The texture looks great

  59. Kathy
    April 10, 2021 / 12:50 am

    These look really good. I’ve never tried these kind of cookies before. I’m looking forward to making them.

  60. April 9, 2021 / 11:40 pm

    What a delicious way to eat carrots. I need to make these cookies.

  61. Ben
    April 9, 2021 / 10:04 pm

    These are awesome! I love carrot cake, but I’ve never had carrot cookies before. I’m all about this.

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