I was inspired to try out this recipe recently because I needed to use up my carrots. As I was making up these cookies, I thought that their brilliant orange color would make them perfect for Hallowe’en…
The original recipe is from Marguerite Patten’s We’ll eat again (p. 83). I haven’t changed anything, except to make it GF.
Beat 1 TBL of margarine with 2 TBL of sugar and a bit of flavoring (vanilla or almond works well, or even orange zest). Beat this mixture until fluffy, which is where I went wrong the first time I made these. Beat in 4 TBL of freshly grated carrot, and then fold in 6 TBL of GF flour with 1/2 tsp baking powder.
Drop by tablespoon full onto greased baking sheet and gently flatten with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 350 F/ 180 C/ Gas Mark 4. Makes 10 -12 cookies, so you can double the recipe if you need to.
Surprisingly, you can’t really taste the carrot in these. It lends the cookie more of a sweetness than anything, with a slightly coconut texture. I think you could probably top these cookies with raisins or currants too.