Virtual Cookie Exchange— You’ve Got to Try these Cookies!!!

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

Frosting Ingredients

  • 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!!


Creatin’ in the Sticks

Vroomans Quilts

It’s A T-Sweet Day!

Domestic Felicity

That Fabric Feeling

Home Sewn By Us

Karrin’s Crazy World

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Bumbleberry Style

Melva Loves Scraps




Kwilty Pleasures

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats

Songbird Designs

Creative Latitude

Ms P Designs USA

Alycia Quilts

Happy Cottage Quilter

Sew Many Yarns

For The Love of Geese




Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Kathleen McMusing

DesertSky Quilting

Life in the Scrapatch

Ridge Top Quilt

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

Operation Domestic Goddess

Just Let Me Quilt


Until next time, I hope your kitchen is filled with happy baking!❤️

68 thoughts on “Virtual Cookie Exchange— You’ve Got to Try these Cookies!!!

    1. Hi Dorian! The carrots and oranges are such an interesting combination. You can’t taste the carrots at all. They just give moisture and color. The orange is really the star of my he show:). Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy the cookies and the exchange 😊❤️


  1. Hi Tracy! Yum, yum, yum! I love all things orange and a glaze with the zest sounds particularly yummy. I will give these cookies a shot. It sounds like our cookie bake will need to be several days long now with all the new temptations. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. I remember my mom making these (although, I believe, they didn’t have the carrots). Soft, cake-like texture but oh the frosting with that zest—-YUM!! Have marked this one as a MUST TRY!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

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  3. I was thinking just what Carla said…my mouth is watering just looking at the photos. Wow! These would make a great breakfast cookie with all the yumminess in them. Thank you so much for hopping along with us and sharing this amazing recipe! xo

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  4. Thank you for the recipe!! Orange cookies are one of my favorites…my mouth is watering just looking at your cookies and reading the recipe!! Definitely making these this Christmas!


  5. Tracy, These look wonderful. I love orange in anything. It’s probably because I grew up in California…LOL. Anyways, you have me so curious about the taste…i definitely plan to give these a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. These sound delightful. You won’t believe it, but I just used a zester for the first time on Thanksgiving. I had to “Google” how to use it! LOL!! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  7. Wasn’t able to visit yesterday but am now catching up. Oh, yum. I love orange and so these cookies really sounds perfectly delicious to me. Can’t wait to try them. Thank you.

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