Orange Carrot Cookies

Description

The combination of carrots and orange is absolutely mouth watering! You’ll love sneaking in the little bit of added nutrition to this delicious treat. Recipe submitted by: Debra Entler.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 packets True Orange
2 cups finely shredded carrots
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

For the glaze (optional):
1 cup confectioners sugar
6 tablespoons water
12 packets True Orange

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla, True Orange, and carrots.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl, and gradually stir into the creamed mixture.
  4. Finally, fold in the walnuts. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the glaze (optional), put 1 cup of the confectioners sugar into a medium bowl, along with True Orange and water. If too thin, add more sugar – if too thick, add more water. Gently drizzle onto the cooled cookies.
Notes

You can easily omit making the glaze for these cookies, to cut back on the sugar content!