Tuesday, December 10, 2013

12 Days of Cookies "Carrot Cookies" Day 9

In the event you didn't catch the huge change in the title, allow me to point it out: I subtracted 19 days of cookies.
Yes, I too am breathing a sigh of relief.
My waistline is happier for sure. ;)
While I have no doubt I could have pushed through for the entire 31, my gut's telling me that's just too much sugar for too consistent a period of time.  Am not out to rival the guy who ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days!!
And my brain's pointing out that the joy will eventually start to wane, to be replaced by dread.  Something along the lines of, "Good grief.  I've got to make the day's cookies before I can go to bed."
I want this to become a tradition my family and I revisit with excitement and anticipation every year.  Furthermore, it allows a little wiggle room in when I do the 12 days, rather than having to start December 1st and stop December 31. 
And I have to admit, the play on words- "12 Days of Christmas Cookies"- really appeals to the linguistic lover in me.  
Now without further ado, the day's cookie post...
No, I lay no claims to fortune telling, prophecy, or any type of omnipotence: I'll leave that to our one true God.
But I bet I know what you're thinking...
"Carrot Cookies??  She's done flipped her lid.  I let the "Banana & Coconut combo go by with nary a word.  But carrots?  This is just too much!!"
Am I right??
All I can say is, who would have thought "carrot" and "cake" would have gone so well together??
I got one word for ya...

A cup o' joe is a wonderful accompaniment to this cookie. 
Carrot Cookies
1 C shortening
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 C sugar
1 small can carrots, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
2 C flour 
1/2 tsp orange peel
1/4 tsp orange juice
3 Tbs powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees  Mix all ingredients thoroughly.  Drop on greased cookie sheet by teaspoonfuls.  Cook 10 minutes and transfer to wire rack upon pulling from oven.  Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before frosting. 
Mix all three ingredients in a small bowl.  Adjust powdered sugar and orange juice as needed to achieve a semi-thick frosting.  Drizzle on cookies. 
Yields appx 3 dozen


  1. I'm glad you added some shortening (groan) to the schedule, too, Cleo! I was gaining weight just from thinking of all those cookies that I couldn't reach, not to mention drooling all over myself. As for carrot cookies - with enough sugar and determination, anything can be added to a cookie recipe. Since jello with carrots, and carrot cake are good to eat, I'm sure carrot cookies won't kill me (unless I eat the whole batch).

  2. When I saw carrot cookies I wondered if they tasted like carrot cake - They were really good

    As a member of the cookie board I totally agree with 12 days of cookies - but I will admit, I am having sugar withdrawals right now just thinking about it. That might be a bad sign.


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