Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Worried About Carrots?

Just been reading this splendid library book.shoestring book


The young and talented Sophie Wright has some excellent recipes. She has some sensible ideas – and one recipe I have already tried is “Carrot Cookies”

She acknowledges this is a Wartime Classic which uses up the ‘slightly floppy carrots hanging about in the bottom of the fridge’

However, Sophie brings it bang up to date by giving a recipe which is made in minutes in a food processor. As usual I ignored the size instruction and used my 1” ice cream scoop to make smaller biscuits. Doubling her quantities gave me fifty neat little biscuits.

Carrot Cookies – Prep 10 minutes, cook 12 minutes plus cooling.

  • 85g butter
  • 130g sugar
  • 130 g plain flour
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • 2 small carrots [or 1 large] peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Out butter and sugar in food processor, and cream till pale and fluffy. Add flour and baking powder. Add grated carrot and cinnamon, and blend again. If mixture looks dry add 1 tbsp water
  2. Divide mixture into balls, about 3cm in circumference. Put these on baking tray lined with greaseproof. Bake 0-12 minutes until golden brown.

I think I over processed my mixture, as my cookies didn’t have the golden shreds of carrot hers did. But they still tasted good!

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I am giving away some of every batch of cookies I bake these days. If we eat them all ourselves, Bob and I will put on too much weight.

Mae West never worried about diets or carrots though…

mae west


  1. I'll have to give this a try.
    By the way, my favourite carrot is Jasper…

  2. Oh I like the sound of this....

  3. It is SO easy, you could rustle up a batch very quickly in your processor.

  4. This is worth knowing - I hate it when carrots go floppy!

  5. I shall try this. I've never met a (cooked) carrot I didn't like!
    Jane x

  6. Anglea, there is something compelling about the recipes you include in your blog. Have whipped up a batch of these this morning, but have been having an Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies urge, so used 2 medium carrots and added a handful of raisins and a scoop of oats - they smell amazing and are just cooling. Will be bringing some to coffee with Catherine later this morning and a couple might make their way to Mags.

  7. These were so lovely have had to make another batch this afternoon - double batch this time! thank you


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