Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon
Show: Family Food
Total:
30 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
30 cookies
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
30 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Orange Buttercream Icing:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (or the zest of 1 large orange)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Carrot Cookies:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup carrot baby food
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (or the zest of 1 large orange) 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

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Special equipment: a 2-ounce ice cream scoop

For the buttercream icing: Cream together the butter and powdered sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. Mix in the zest and vanilla extract.

For the carrot cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cream together the butter and granulated sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and beat for 2 minutes after each addition. Mix in the carrot baby food, orange zest and vanilla extract.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat together on low speed until incorporated, 1 minute.

Using a 2-ounce ice cream scoop, drop the batter by heaping scoops onto the prepared baking sheets, 15 cookies per sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer to a cooling rack. Frost the cookies with the buttercream icing while still warm.

Baby version: Prepare cookies according to directions above only using a 1-ounce cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon) and reducing baking time by 2 minutes. Don¿t frost with buttercream¿serve as is.

Cook's Note

Look for baby food primarily made with only 2 ingredients: carrots and water, such as Beech Nut brand.

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