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Orange Carrot Cookies

Orange Carrot CookiesMoist carrot cookies infused with orange zest and frosted with orange glaze. Here is an easy and healthy recipe for Orange Carrot Cookies.

1 cup mashed cooked carrots
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons finely grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts

Orange Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon orange extract

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

In a bowl beat mashed carrots, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add eggs. Beat till thoroughly combined.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Add grated orange peel and vanilla. Stir in chopped nuts.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2-inches apart onto a greased baking sheet.     Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

To make the orange glaze, combine orange extract with powdered sugar; add milk in a bowl. Beat till smooth and creamy. Spread on top of warm cookies.

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