Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Carrot Cake Cookies with Lemon Glaze

This recipe was my birthday cake this year! Rather than making myself a cake, I opted for these cookies. My friends were gracious enough to grate the carrots by hand, but injuries occurred, so if you are intimidated by sharp objects, I suggest buying pre-grated carrots.

The lemon glaze really makes these cookies, so don't skimp! Also, don't be worried if these seem too "healthy" - if it's a testament to how tasty these cookies were, they disappeared within 30 minutes at the party.

The only photo I have of these cookies is this one of me blowing out the candle on it, so I apologize for not having a close up of the beauty of these tasty little desserts.

Cookie Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour (if you've got it, make this using 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 5 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • zest from 1 lemon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, carrot, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. With a mixer, or by hand using a spatula, beat in egg, milk, oil, and syrup until just blended.
  5. Drop small blobs of dough (about 1/8 cupfuls), about 2 inches apart, onto a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 10 minutes or until just starting to brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  7. While cookies are baking, whisk together glaze ingredients in small bowl. Add a Tbsp or two more powdered sugar if you desire a thicker, more frosting-like glaze.
  8. Once cookies have cooled, spread glaze on top of each cookie and let set.
These were light and a little chewy, so it wasn't hard to eat more than one. The lemon glaze really brightens up the flavor - I wouldn't recommend them without it.

1 comment:

  1. I would also suggest to avoid injury... that one buys normal sized carrots to grate, as opposed to baby sized carrots. ;)