12 October 2009

Golden Carrot Cookies

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While planning snacks for a road trip to visit my parents in DC, I suddenly remembered my mother making these cookies for many road trips, long and short, throughout my childhood. They're also a great fall cookie as the earthiness of the carrots and the sweetness of the frosting remind me of Halloween!

Golden Carrot Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup grated carrots
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

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  1. Mix butter, shortening, sugar, eggs and carrots
  2. Sift flour with baking powder and salt and blend into first mixture
  3. Drop by teaspoon about 2" apart on lightly greased sheet
  4. Bake in 400 degree oven 8-10 minutes or until no print remains when touched.
  5. Cool and frost if desired.
My mother always used a cream cheese frosting on these with great success. In the absence of a frosting recipe on my Grandma's recipe card, I used a recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book - you can use whatever you are comfortable with for these. Also, I used all butter instead of half butter, half shortening. This makes for a flatter cookie but the flavor is the same. If kept for a while, the cookies should be refrigerated due to the cream cheese frosting but I doubt they will last that long!
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