I was afraid the carrot cookie recipe was lost. I’d found one recipe labeled Helen King’s carrot cookies, but I wanted Mom’s recipe. She started making these after we were all grown up. She had a batch of the tasty cookies ready when I visited one time from Baltimore. They became my new favorite cookie.
It turns out that I had a copy of the recipe all along. I found it as I cleaned out my over-full, seldom used recipe box. As I tossed dubious-sounding jello recipes and any baked goods that called for Bisquick, I found the carrot cookie recipe written in Mom’s handwriting.
Gail Lee Martin’s Carrot Cookies
- 1 cup finely grated carrots
- 3/4 cup shortening or oleo
- 2 cups flour
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the ingredients, then drop by teaspoon onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. (She doesn’t mention greasing the baking sheet, but I’d recommend it)
Icing for the Carrot Cookies
- powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup finely grated carrots
- orange juice
Mix these together to use as a glaze. Wait for the cookies to cool first.
What is lurking in your recipe box? Take a look to see if some heirloom recipes are there. Treat your taste buds to a trip down memory lane.