What would the holiday season be if we didn’t have a cookie swap? I mean really, the tastes and smells of the season are such a big part of the fun!
If you are looking for a show stopper, party popper cookie to take to your next holiday get together, look no further. This is the cookie that everyone will be eating two of and then asking for the recipe. It is a soft, sweet, and yet tangy bite of Golden Delicious goodness. These are my favorite Golden Orange Cookies
The magic ingredient in these cookies is the orange zest in the frosting. It gives the cookie that fresh little bit of tartness that compliments the sweet just right.
You can get the zest off of an orange or lemon with a sharp knife or a grater, but I like to use a zesting tool made especially for that purpose.
The zester peels just the dark colored orange part of the peel while leaving the bitter white part behind. After I zest the oranges, I cut them in half and juice them as well.
As you are making the dough, it will appear VERY dry. Don’t worry, after you add the grated carrots, it will soften up to a wonderful dough like consistency:)
Another trick to this cookie is to scoop them out onto a greased pan and then flatten them a bit with the bottom of a jar or cup.
They cook in 10-12 min and are ready to take out of the oven when the tops look and feel dry to the touch. They do not spread hardly at all.
At this point the cookie is not very sweet. It is just a warm, soft cake like cookie. It reminds me of a muffin top:). I like to glaze them with the frosting while they are warm.
Once the cookie is frosted, it is almost impossible not to eat one or two of them. I mean, someone needs to test them and make sure that they taste ok for the rest of the family…..if there are any left! Lol😊
I know you are going to LOVE these cookies! Here is the recipe–
Golden Orange Cookies—
Recipe by – Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!
- 1 c. shortening
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 1/2c flour
- 2 c grated carrots
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbs vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 c chopped nuts
- 4 c powdered sugar
- 4 tbs butter
- 2 tbs orange zest
- 1/2 c orange juice
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and dry ingredients. Mix well. (dough will be dry and crumbly) Add carrots, nuts, and vanilla. Drop 2″ balls onto a greased baking sheet. Press flat to 1/2″ thickness with the bottom of a cup or jar. Bake at 375* for 10-12 min. Until the tops are just barely dry.
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Spread over warm cookies and let cool.
Makes 2 dozen cookies
I want to give a big thank you and shout out to Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt who has organized this virtual cookie exchange. Carol, you are the best!!!
Here is the list of the other bakers in today’s cookie swap. I am excited to head over and indulge myself in some delicious calorie free eye candy cookies! I hope you will be joining me. It’s going to be SWEET!!
Until next time, I hope your kitchen is filled with happy baking!❤️