From the 1980 Betty Crocker Cookbook
which was given to me for a wedding gift in 1981,
this recipe is one of those yummy frosted cookies
that hardly anyone makes anymore.
(Originally called Carrot-Coconut Cookies - revised)
1 cup mashed cooked carrots (about 4 medium)
3/4 c. sugar
1 cup shortening (half butter)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. shredded or flaked coconut (opt.)
2 tsp. orange zest
2 T. orange juice
Heat oven to 400* F.
I grate some carrots and cook them a little in the microwave.
Mix carrots, sugar, shortening/butter and eggs.
Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add orange juice and zest and optional coconut.
Drop by teaspoonfuls about 2 " apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake until almost no indentation remains when touched, about 8 minutes.
Do not brown. Remove from pans immediately.
Frost cookies when cool.
Makes about 2-3 dozen.
Orange Butter Frosting
2 Tbsp. butter
1 1/2 to 2 c. powdered sugar
dash of salt
2-3 T. orange juice
2 tsp. orange zest
Mix well to spreadable consistency.
I was inspired to bake the Carrot-Orange cookies after reading Thimbleanna's recipe for Frosted Orange Cranberry Cookies, which I intend to try very soon. Her cookies reminded me of this recipe and I had the ingredients on hand -- including a garden full of carrots -- so I baked. And I'm glad I did! It's been years since I've baked these little cakey cookies.
Speaking of baking, this past Sunday I found the TV tuned to the PBS channel and the program was in progress was The Great British Baking Show. I just love things that are obviously named like a black kitten named Blacky or a late night show called The Tonight Show, and The Great British Baking Show is exactly what it is. The fine bakers who are competing for the title of Best British Baker are so much fun to watch and listen to, and the judges are so brilliant and use the best adjectives to describe the baked goods. When one of them used the word "scrummy" my heart leaped! If you enjoy baking or eating delicious pastries and buns, you will love watching this show. Check out the preview here and find the airing time where you live. Don't miss it this Sunday! Oh, and after the baking show is Masterpiece Theatre! I like the one right after.