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Recipe for family meals :

Mom-Knows-Best Carrot Cookies

Sweet Dreams by TracyThis recipes comes from Tracy who has her own web site entitled 'Sweet Dreams' - Tracy describes herself as:

Well, let's see . . . I'm in my (very) late 30's, married and living in a small town in Northwestern Illinois. My husband, Matt is a 'computer dude', he has his own consulting business.

I 'retired' from making jewelry (after 9 years), hoping to be able to make some extra money selling cakes locally. I have had several non-cake related, yet still food-related, orders so I'm branching out. I've already changed my business cards to say 'Baking for all occasions' instead of 'Cakes for . . .'! I also am a Wilton Method instructor, teaching courses 1, 2, & 3 at an Ace Hardware and the local community college.


2 C. chopped carrots
1 C. shortening
1 C. sugar
1 egg
2 C. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt


  • In a medium saucepan cook carrots, covered, in boiling water for 20 minutes or till very tender. Drain well. Transfer to a bowl and mash (you should have about 1 cup).
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and sugar till fluffy. Beat in mashed carrots and egg. Combine dry ingredients, gradually beat into carrot mixture.
  • Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375° oven for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer the warm cookies to a wire rack and let them cool.
  • Prepare Frosting (recipe follows) and spread over cookies. Sprinkle with finely shredded orange peel, if you like. Serve within 2 days or cover and freeze for longer storage. Yield: 48 cookies

Orange Frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat 6 T. softened butter and 2 C. sifted powdered sugar till fluffy. Beat in 1-1/2 t. finely shredded orange peel and 2 T. orange juice. Gradually beat in 2 more cups sifted powdered sugar and 2 - 3 T. more orange juice till frosting is spreadable.

Makes 48