Buttery, light and sweet cookies laced with carrots, orange zest and plenty of spices. This is a very unique cookie, barely crisp on the bottom with a slightly chewy cake-crumb center. The orange flavor comes through right along with all of the spices. The carrots are not overwhelmed with the different flavors, they are very well-matched. These cookies taste even better the second day. With a glass of milk or a cup of coffee, they are perfect for an afternoon snack or even for breakfast.
When I saw the Carrot Pie recipe for this month’s Vintage Recipe Swap, I could hardly wait to play with ideas for a carrot dessert. I knew I’d be making something different, because pies just aren’t my favorite thing. I had an idea for a carrot cake cookie, but it proved much harder to actually accomplish. I’m not a fan of cakey cookies most of the time; crisp and chewy is more my style. My first two attempts at carrot cake cookies resulted in heavy, chewy, dense and very carrot-y cookies. However, the third time was the charm and these cookies were hailed as a success by all of my boys.
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