Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies

by Erin

Family recipes seem to come out in force around the holidays and these orange carrot cookies are one such recipe. With flecks of carrot, orange extract, and a glaze on top.

Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies
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For my second #ChristmasCookie recipe this week, I am sharing one from Bob’s family! I share a decent amount of recipes passed down from either side of my family but this is only the second one from Bob’s (the first being his grandmother’s meatballs).

Family recipes seem to come out in force during the holidays and it makes sense, nostalgic flavors are often what we crave this time of year more than ever, so I figured it made sense to pull this one out (and today is Bob’s mom’s birthday!).

Bob’s mom always makes Italian layer cookies every year (including a batch coated in white chocolate for me and his sister) along with a few other recipes passed down by his grandmother on his father’s side. I’m not a big fan of the crunchy Italian cookie varieties, but when any of these soft cakey guys make an appearance I am all over them (even though I normally prefer chewy cookies).

These cookies are especially unique. They look and taste like orange cookies but those are actually flecks of shredded carrot you see in there. While the original recipe calls for orange extract I am sure you could use zest instead, just make sure you use a decent amount to make sure that orange flavor still shines. Or you could try my Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies.

These cookies also come together very quickly without any chill time necessary ;-). Happy baking!

Italian Carrot Cookies

Need more cookies for your holiday spread? Check out all these other great recipes:

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Grandma's Carrot Cookies

One year ago: Kołaczki Cookies

Three years ago: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Charcuterie Board

Seven years ago: Friendsgiving & CorningWare

Eight years ago: Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Ball

Nine years ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Ten years ago: Gluten-Free Bacon-Swiss Penne

Glazed Orange Carrot Cookies


Yield: 3 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 3 tsp orange extract


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • Orange sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add the eggs, carrot, and extract and beat until incorporated. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, place golf ball-sized balls of dough 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Press down slightly with your palm.
  5. Baked for 10-12 minutes or until just barely starting to turn golden on the bottom. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. While the cookies cool, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, which together the powdered sugar, water, orange extract, and food coloring (if using). Add more powdered sugar or water to reach desired consistency.
  7. Spoon glaze over cooled cookies and top with orange sprinkles (if using). Allow glaze to harden before serving.
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