The night before easter, my brother and I used to leave the Easter Bunny a plate of raw carrots to enjoy. We used to get so excited the next morning when we would discover the scraps he left behind.
This year, I wanted to try something different. After 29 years of serving him raw carrots, I think the Easter Bunny might be ready for something new. And possibly something sweet. So why not whip up a batch of carrot cookies for him instead?
I looked through a lot of carrot cookie recipes before I landed on this one. They all looked good. Some with nuts, some with raisins. But the moment I set my eyes on these puppies, I began to drool…all over my keyboard. They reminded me of little clouds, so fluffy and light. I had to give them a try. The result? Absolute heaven. Soft, moist, delicious.
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup grated carrot
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
Zest from 1 orange
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the butter, sugar, eggs, carrots, vanilla, and lemon juice in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet, a couple of inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, and let them cool for at least 20 minutes.
To make the orange glaze, combining the butter and the powdered sugar in an electric mixer. Once combined, add a couple of tablespoons of orange juice. Keep adding more orange juice until it reaches a nice, smooth, glaze-consistency. Add the orange zest to taste. Once the cookies have cooled, spoon a glob of glaze over the top of the cookie and enjoy!
Recipe slightly adapted from Lella Boutique
To be honest, I was hesitant about the orange glaze at first. I am not a big fan of frosting and thought the cookies would do fine without it. But since it was part of the original recipe I felt peer pressured to glaze at least one to see how it would taste. After I devoured it in one big bite, I realized that the rest of the cookies deserved some glaze love too. The glaze just brings a whole new level of goodness to the cookies.
So, why not surprise the Easter Bunny with something new this year and share the gift of carrots…in a cookie!