These are definitely my favorite shaped cutout cookies I have ever made. I mean seriously, carrot shaped carrot cookies, what could possibly ever be better? Nothing, and that’s truth for you.
Not only are they carrot shaped, they are also carrot flavored. Yup, Carrot shaped, carrot flavored, awesomeness. A little cinnamon added to the cookie for little extra boost of flavor and an orange glaze because it works and orange is good and fresh and springing. All good stuff.
You might be thinking, huh, carrot puree in a cookie, well that doesn’t sound right. But it is, it is right. And you know how I know that these cookies are awesome? Well I packed them up, (2 dozen of them) and took them over to the littles house for an after school treat. When I got there, the two older ones had friends over. I asked them if they wanted a carrot which earned me that look that said “are you serious” but them showed them the cookies. Of course the wanted a carrot so I gave them each one. They ate their cookies then proceeded to beat the shit out of the mr. Then they asked for another cookies and beat the shit out of the mr some more. This when on and on for about a 1/2 hour until all the cookies were gone and the mr was crouched in the corner with a broom trying to defend himself against 4 rulely kids who where slashing at him with light sabers and spraying him in he face with kitchen cleaner. It’s because they wanted more cookies. (and yes, the littles are getting crazy). So yeah, the cookies are good. Ass kicking good.
Anyway, a cookie with some goodness mix into it, shaped into a great shape, that will make everyone smile and happy. You could make them by yourself, make them with your friends, make them with some kids, with some old people. They are the perfect cookie to leave out for the easter bunny(do you leave carrots out for the easter bunny?) or to serve up at any easter party, spring party, or any garden party you might be attending. This cookie is pretty much perfect for any and every occasion that required a cookie. Or a carrot because carrots are always welcome.
To the carrots! I mean, the cookies!
The stuff. Flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, vegan butter, carrot puree, cinnamon, an orange, some powdered sugar, and food coloring.
Into a big bowl the sugar, vegan butter, and carrot puree go.
Beat for a minute or two until completely incorporated.
Add in all the rest of the dry stuff and mix by hand until it turns to dough.
This is the dough it turned into.
Gather the dough and wrap it or place in a plastic bag and stick it Into the fridge for a few hours or overnight. The dough NEEDS to chill.
After you let the dough be, remove from fridge, liberally dust counter, and roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick.
And then it’s time to cut the cookies out. I unfortunately do not have a cookie cutter so I improvised and make 2 carrot cutouts from paper and hand cut each cookie. That worked but took forever so I got crafty and used a fat Christmas tree cookie cutter then just did a little trim and pinch to make it into a cookie. (I am a genius for that). Any way works, and you can also do other shapes too, the cookies don’t change taste in different shapes. (but that would be so cool if they did)
Carefully place cut out cookies onto a baking sheet, giving them a little space because they do spread a tiny bit.
And into the oven to bake they go.
Out in 10 minutes looking all carrot like.
Carrots waiting to cool so they can be glazed.
The glaze. Pretty straight forward. Just zest orange into powdered sugar and juice the orange into the sugar and mix.
Divide glaze and dye one orange and one green
And glaze away. I recommend doing it over a rack and baking sheet to minimize mess because they do drip a bit.
Now just you look at that, carrot shaped carrot sugar cookies .What a sight!
And of course, carrots come in bunches. HA
Enjoy some carrots!
Carrot Sugar Cookies with Orange glaze
makes about 2 and a half dozen (depending on size)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup vegan butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup carrot puree ( see note about how to make puree)
For the glaze
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
orange and green food coloring
Note. To make carrot puree, steam a couple carrots until completely soft them blend until smooth.
Place sugar, vegan butter, and carrot puree into a big bowl. Beat with a beater until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix by hand until completely incorporated and mixture tunes into dough. Gather dough into a disk and wrap in plastic or place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
Once dough has chilled enough and you are ready to go, preheat the oven to 350.
Place dough on a flour dusted counter and roll out about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the cookies with a cutter or by hand and place on a baking sheet. Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes or until just starting to turn slightly brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Once cookies are all baked and cooling, make the glaze. Place powered sugar into a big bowl, zest in the orange then add in the juice od half the orange. Mix completely and check consistency. You want it to be slightly running but not liquid, but also not to stiff. Add more juice or more sugar to get it right. Once it is the right consistency, separate into 2 bowls. Dye one green and one orange. Now glaze you cookies. A knife or small spatula works best and yes, the glaze drips a little so do it over a baking sheet, but after about 10 minutes the glaze hardens.
And then you have carrot cookies and all is good. Now go eat a carrot cookie!
Store uneaten cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They can be frozen too.