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Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting

If you love carrot cake, then you will love these Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting! These soft, light, and pillowy carrot cookies are topped with an orange cream cheese frosting for a light and zesty take on carrot cake.

If you love carrot cake as much as I do, check out my Orange Carrot Ginger Cake, Sourdough Carrot Snack Cake, or my Frosted Carrot Loaf Cake.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

You will love this easy recipe for Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting! If you’re craving carrot cake, but don’t have the time to bake a cake (or don’t want to wait that long) then these Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting are something you can bake and enjoy a lot faster!

These carrot cookies with cream cheese frosting actually have an orange cream cheese frosting which gives them more depth of flavor that is amazing! I add orange zest on top, which is optional, but I like the extra flavor it brings to these carrot cookies with cream cheese frosting!

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How to Make Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, carrots, and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined.

Add the egg, flour, baking powder, and sea salt and mix on low until combined into a stiff dough.

Using your hands (or a cookie scoop) form the dough into 12 balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them slightly so they are about 2-inches in diameter.

Step 3

Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the middle looks set and the edges look dry. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.

Step 4

To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and orange juice.

Using a butter knife, spread frosting over the tops of the cookies. Top with orange zest (optional).

Ingredients for Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Organic Carrots

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Frontier Co-Op Baking Powder

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Organic Valley Cream Cheese

Organic Orange

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Tips for Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting

• Make sure your butter is soft. I like to leave butter out on the counter overnight before baking cookies, this really helps it soften to room temperature naturally, which is always the best method! If you need to microwave it, be sure to do only 10 second intervals per 1/2 cup.

• Make sure to finely grate the carrots, this makes a big difference. Don’t use a large grater for the carrots as they won’t mix in well with the dough.

• You can add more or less orange juice depending on if you want a more stiff or runny frosting. I like my frosting a little more runny, like a glaze that coats the cookies. But, if you want it stiff like a buttercream on top, then you can use less orange juice.

• If you don’t have an orange, you can use water or milk in the frosting and then add 1/2 teaspoon organic orange flavor. My favorite is Frontier Co-Op Organic Orange Flavor.  

• Make sure to store cookies in an airtight container so they retain their soft texture. A trick for this (because they are frosted on top) is to allow them to set completely before storing. I frost all my cookies, place the whole cookie sheet in the freezer overnight. This allows the frosting to set, then I you can stack the cookies to store them in a Tupperware in the fridge.

• Be sure to store cookies in the fridge because they have cream cheese in the frosting.

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Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy
Makes

12

cookies

If you love carrot cake, then you will love these Carrot Cookies with Orange Frosting! These soft, light, and pillowy carrot cookies are topped with an orange cream cheese frosting for a light and zesty take on carrot cake.

Ingredients

  • Dough
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter, softened

  • 170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 113 grams (about 1 large) organic carrots, finely grated

  • 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

  • 1 organic large egg

  • 350 grams (2 3/4 cups) organic all purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • Frosting
  • 4 ounces organic cream cheese

  • 212 grams (1 1/2 cups) organic powdered sugar

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons organic orange juice

  • Orange zest, for topping (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, carrots, and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined.
  • Add the egg, flour, baking powder, and sea salt and mix on low until combined into a stiff dough.
  • Using your hands (or a cookie scoop) form the dough into 12 balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them slightly so they are about 2-inches in diameter.
  • Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the middle looks set and the edges look dry. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.
  • To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and orange juice.
  • Using a butter knife, spread frosting over the tops of the cookies. Top with orange zest (optional).
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Gluten Free – Replace the all purpose flour with 383 grams (scant 2 1/2 cups) organic gluten free flour blend.
  • High Altitude – Bake at 375°F for 14 to 16 minutes or until the middle looks set and the edges look dry.

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