Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze (dairy free, egg free)

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze (vegan)

Yesterday was an interesting day. I woke up excited. Scratch that. I woke up giddy. Literally feeling like it was a holiday. I felt like I really shouldn’t have to go to work and I should get to play and celebrate all day. The only problem was that to everybody else it was just any other day.

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze (vegan)

Yesterday Baker Bettie turned one! It is hard to express how proud and excited of that I am. When I started this blog last year I really had no idea if I would keep up with it or if it would ever be something that people actually read.

But I have stuck with it, and people DO read it! That really is mind blowing to me. I have actually had two “Baker Bettie sightings.” Where my readers have recognized me and told me they read my blog. Crazy. Just crazy. And totally awesome.

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze (vegan)

So that is why I was convinced that yesterday was a holiday. I even told my husband he should treat it as such. He would probably be the only one who sort of understands because he sees my excitement and dedication to my blog daily.

But it felt like I was celebrating alone. I suppose it’s how some people who get overly excited about their birthday feel. Forcing everyone to celebrate with them while they know they are 10x’s more excited about it than anybody else.

But anyway, I’m not much of a cake girl, so these are my “Baker Bettie Turns One” celebration cookies.  If I can’t get everyone hyped up about my one year blog anniversary, maybe I can get you hyped up about cookies? And you should get excited about these.

They are a family favorite in our house, especially around the holidays. I never think that I want one, until I finally eat one and then can’t STOP eating them. They are so addicting and so delicious!

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze (vegan)

Carrot Cookies with Orange Glaze (dairy free, egg free)
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Ingredients

for the cookies
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 TBSP water
½ cup cane sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup applesauce (you can use 1 egg if preferred)
3 Tbsp Orange Juice
1 Tbsp Orange Zest
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
¾ Tsp Baking Soda
½ Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Cinnamon
1½ Cup Shredded Carrots
for the glaze
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp Orange Zest
2 to 3 Tbsp Orange Juice
pecan halves (optional)

Instructions

    for the cookies
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine shortening, water, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Beat at medium speed until creamy.
  4. Add applesauce, orange juice and orange zest.
  5. Continue beating until well combined.
  6. In small bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  7. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in small batches to large bowl until well mixed.
  8. Stir in carrots.
  9. Use a small cookie scoop and drop rounds onto baking sheets.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Cool completely before glazing
  12. makes about 4 dozen 2 inch cookies
  13. for the glaze
  14. Combine powdered sugar and orange zest in small bowl.
  15. Slowly stir in enough orange juice to create a glaze.
  16. Frost cooled cookies.
  17. If desired, top each cookie with a pecan half.
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