Today's cookie could scare off even the bravest of you simply because of its name … Carrot Cookies! While it would be a fabulous thing if these cookies tasted like Carrot Cake, they don't … they have a taste of their own. And before you click on the "X" in the top right corner of your screen and delete me forever from your existence, please hear me out! Carrot Cookies are wonderful, cake-like cookies, topped with a delish orange glaze. They are perfect for any Christmas tray, any Spring garden party, … EVERY occasion imaginable. That's the whole reason I include them in this series! You just gotta have a versatile cookie in your repertoire!
I've never known life without Carrot Cookies since Mom made them as I was growing up. They have a bit of reminiscence for me around Christmastime … another reason that I include them in this series. There was one Christmas that I remember especially well. I was 13, I think, and funds were particularly short that year. Dad had had a turn in his career and he was waiting for Life to catch up to him! Ever been there? I wanted to do something special for him, but since our allowances had been 'shortchanged' for a while, I didn't have any money. I loved baking even then and decided to make my dad a box full of cookies. He loves homemade goodies. At the time, I didn't even think about the fact that HE bought the ingredients that I used to bake his gift cookies! I baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Cookies, I remember, and I think maybe Peanut Butter Cookies and a couple of others. AND Carrot Cookies. Oatmeal Cookies were his favorite (still are –with raisins and nuts!), but he really liked the Carrot Cookies. I was so proud to present him this gift and was rather miffed by the end of the day when my brothers –I have four!—had eaten most of my gift to Dad. They just didn't get it.
I was making Chicken Casserole tonight for dinner so I just cooked extra carrots for the cookies. I'm not one for kitchen gadgets, but I love my slicer/grater/shredder/thing-a-ma-jigger that I got when we purchased our pots and pans almost 20 years ago when we got married. Cam and Bev have/had one, too! We went to the same party.
When I'm in a hurry, don't want to use my chef's knife or go to the ER because I cut the tips of my fingers off on the mandolin, I opt for my old stand-by … I can slice the carrots very quickly (quicker and safer than on a mandolin, which in my opinion doesn't work so well with carrots anyway!),
then change blades and grate the cheese for the casserole.
I have no idea where this recipe came from originally or even where I came by it! Probably from my mom, but I can't be sure. A friend gave me another recipe for Carrot Cookies once, but it calls for more sugar, more flour, one egg less and more carrots. It probably all evens out in the end, but I still stick with this one that I now share with you. It's very simple and very satisfying, just like the Christmas when I made them for my dad.
- Blend ¾ c. shortening and ¾ c. sugar.
- Beat 2 eggs into the shortening/sugar mixture.
- Add 2 cups of flour, 2 t. baking powder, and 1 t. salt. Mix well.
- Stir in ¾ c. cooked mashed carrots (about 3 good-sized carrots—that statement right there tells me this recipe came from 'way-back'!)
- Grease cookie sheets and heat oven to 325˚F oven. Drop by small spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Glaze with rind and juice of one orange mixed with 2 cups confectioner's sugar.
Wishing you and simple and satisfying Christmas.
15 days to go till my brother and his family come!