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Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze

March 13, 2015 (Last Updated: January 9, 2019)

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Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze

I seem to be on a new kick….a new cookie kick that is!  First the Dark Chocolate Oat Cookies, now Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze!  The carrot cookies aren’t actually something new, but this is the first time I have ever made them.

This recipe comes from my mom. It has lived in her recipe file forever.  Mom made these often when we were kids so anytime I eat them, it just takes me back.

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze. You'd never know there were carrot in these cookies!

When you think about carrot in a dessert, you probably think about carrot cake.  These are nothing like that!  You can see the little carrot pieces in the cookies, but unless you know what’s in there, you will never be able to say, “Hey, did you put carrots in these cookies?”

Nope.  Most people think it’s oranges.  Or even funnier, they think it’s lemon, even though it’s orange!  You can identify a citrus flavor so most people just assume it must be lemon.My mom’s recipe had shortening, so I decided to change it up a bit and use butter.  Since butter has less fat and more water than shortening, I added a bit more flour to help keep the texture.  Butter spreads quickly, so I also decided to refrigerate the dough before baking.

Carrot Cookies on a baking sheet.

This worked!  However, I would suggest putting the dough back into the fridge between each batch.  The picture below shows the first batch and the last batch.  The cookie spread out quite a bit in the last batch.  I did not throw the bowl of dough back in the fridge, but will do that in the future.

Cookie on right was first cooked. Cookie on left was cooked 20 min. later.

Carrot Cookie with Orange Glaze

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5 from 3 votes
Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze. You'd never know there were carrot in these cookies!
Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
53 mins
Cakey cookies made with carrots and glazed with an orange glaze.
Course: Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cookies, carrot cookies with orange glaze, cookies with carrots, cookies with orange glaze
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 108 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 1 Cup Cooked Mashed Carrots
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange rind
  1. Mix flour and baking powder together. Set aside
  2. In a mixer, blend butter and sugar together.
  3. Add vanilla and egg. Mix
  4. Add carrots. Mix
  5. Blend in flour mixture.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 min.
  7. Use a scoop and scoop small balls onto greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 375 for 8 - 10 minutes.
  9. Mix glaze and drizzle over cooled cookies.
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    March 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    I love carrot cake – so why not carrot cookies? And that glaze sounds delicious! YUM! 🙂

  • Reply
    Fred G
    January 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    5 stars
    A great cookie

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    Theresa Pearson
    December 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

    5 stars
    My great-grandmother used to spend summers with us and I would stay home with her while the rest of the family went camping. Gma would cook carrots for dinner the night before and we would make these. I still think of her when I make them. Going to try the butter!

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      December 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      What a wonderful memory! I hope these taste just like the ones you used to make! Make certain you chill the batter before baking! 🙂

  • Reply
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    March 16, 2015 at 3:32 am

    I will eat anything carrot…especially this time of year. I love the orange glaze on top. It gives the cookies a little pizazz!

    • Reply
      March 16, 2015 at 4:53 am

      The orange glaze is amazing!

  • Reply
    March 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I never knew there were carrots in those cookies!

    • Reply
      March 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      The secret is out!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I love carrot cake, but I also love a good cookie! So it should go without saying that these Carrot Cookies would disappear quickly in our house. Yum!

    • Reply
      March 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      They didn’t last long around our house either!

  • Reply
    Charlotte @ What Charlotte Baked
    March 14, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I’d never have thought of putting carrot in cookies! They look delicious 🙂

    • Reply
      March 14, 2015 at 6:01 am

      Sometimes it’s the surprising ingredients that are amazing!

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    March 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I love carrot baked goods!! I would be all over these

    • Reply
      March 14, 2015 at 6:01 am

      Thanks Cathleen! They are delicious!

  • Reply
    March 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    5 stars
    I’d love to try these, and it’s so interesting how different the first and last batch are…the little details make all the difference in baking!

    • Reply
      March 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

      You are right! Keeping them chilled certainly made a difference.

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    March 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I love carrot cake, bet these are yummy!

  • Reply
    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    March 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I’d love to try these out. I love carrot cakes and carrot muffins but never tried carrot cookies yet. Maybe this is the inspiration I need!

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