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Coconut-Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing recipe

Moist coconut and carrot cookies with azesty orange icing.

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Cookieswith Orange Icing

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled carrots
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sweetened flake coconut
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Place carrots in a small saucepan andcover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer untilcarrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and mash with a fork;cool.
  • Combine sugar, shortening, ½ cupbutter, eggs and mashed carrots in a medium bowl. Beat untilsmooth. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl untilwell combined. Stir into creamed mixture until well blended.Stir in coconut. Drop by level tablespoonfuls about 2 inchesapart on nonstick cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes oruntil golden brown around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, orangejuice, orange peel and butter in a small bowl. Beat until smooth.Spread cooled cookies with icing.

    Makes 36 cookies.

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