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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!


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


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!




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


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.


  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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Jocelyn Brown

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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  1. 03/14/2024 / 8:37 pm

    Orange and carrot is such a great combination of flavors. This sounds wonderful! And the orange zest on top is so pretty.

  2. 03/20/2022 / 10:11 am

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

  3. Rachel
    03/18/2022 / 6:21 am

    Looks like a great recipe for spring.

  4. 03/17/2022 / 10:40 pm

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

  5. 03/17/2022 / 8:56 pm

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

  6. Monica Simpson
    03/17/2022 / 4:14 pm

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

  7. 03/17/2022 / 12:06 pm

    YUM! Adding this to the menu this year!

  8. Lynn Armstrong
    03/17/2022 / 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. 😄

  9. 04/28/2021 / 11:50 pm

    perfect combination of flavors!! will try this soon

  10. goodbitesbyche
    04/26/2021 / 7:09 pm

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

  11. Sarah
    04/25/2021 / 3:41 pm

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

  12. Lynn
    04/25/2021 / 2:53 pm

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

  13. 04/25/2021 / 12:39 am

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

  14. 04/24/2021 / 6:31 pm

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

  15. 04/24/2021 / 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.

  16. 04/24/2021 / 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!

  17. anas
    04/24/2021 / 4:05 am

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

  18. 04/23/2021 / 11:27 pm

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

  19. 04/23/2021 / 9:17 pm

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

  20. 04/23/2021 / 7:25 pm

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

  21. 04/23/2021 / 6:09 pm

    These are perfect cookies for the summer!

  22. 04/23/2021 / 6:09 pm

    These are perfect cookies for the summer!

  23. Sara Perez
    04/23/2021 / 11:21 am

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

  24. 04/23/2021 / 11:06 am

    Yum! These cookies look so refreshing and delicious!

  25. 04/23/2021 / 10:57 am

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

  26. 04/23/2021 / 10:45 am

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

  27. catherine santiago jose
    04/23/2021 / 8:50 am

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

  28. Gervin Khan
    04/23/2021 / 8:49 am

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

  29. 04/23/2021 / 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!

  30. Angela
    04/23/2021 / 7:15 am

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

  31. Mia
    04/23/2021 / 3:27 am

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

  32. 04/23/2021 / 2:27 am

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

  33. 04/20/2021 / 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!

  34. 04/14/2021 / 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!! 😛

  35. Lynn
    04/12/2021 / 9:38 pm

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

  36. 04/12/2021 / 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.

  37. 04/12/2021 / 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!

  38. 04/12/2021 / 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!

  39. 04/11/2021 / 9:18 pm

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

  40. Heather
    04/11/2021 / 7:54 pm

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

  41. Catalina
    04/11/2021 / 12:51 pm

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

  42. 04/11/2021 / 12:51 pm

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

  43. 04/11/2021 / 5:51 am

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

  44. 04/11/2021 / 5:02 am

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

  45. Beth
    04/11/2021 / 3:54 am

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

  46. 04/11/2021 / 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.

  47. Kimmy
    04/10/2021 / 10:09 pm

    These look so yummy!

  48. 04/10/2021 / 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.

  49. 04/10/2021 / 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.

  50. 04/10/2021 / 4:07 pm

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

  51. 04/10/2021 / 3:59 pm

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

  52. 04/10/2021 / 2:38 pm

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

  53. Samantha
    04/10/2021 / 1:59 pm

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

  54. 04/10/2021 / 1:55 pm

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

  55. 04/10/2021 / 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!

  56. 04/10/2021 / 12:29 pm

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

  57. Ryan Escat
    04/10/2021 / 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
    04/10/2021 / 3:34 am

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

  59. Kathy
    04/10/2021 / 12:50 am

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

  60. 04/09/2021 / 11:40 pm

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

  61. Ben
    04/09/2021 / 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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