These refreshing little bites are perfect for Santa's reindeer, the kids or for yourself! Whether the kids like icing or not, these cookies will not last long in your home. Crumbs and a licked spatula may be all the evidence you find.

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PREP25 min
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Cooking12 min
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Ready in37 min

Ingredients

ORANGE CREAM FROSTING

Instructions

  1. Step
    Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Step
    In a large bowl, using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined. Stir in carrot, vanilla and orange rind.
  3. Step
    In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Gradually stir into butter mixture until combined.
  4. Step
    Stir in pecans.
  5. Step
    Using a heaping tbsp (15 mL) scoop dough onto prepared pan, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Using sugar dusted fork tines, press cookies down slightly. Bake for about 12 minutes or until cookies are golden on bottom.
  6. Step
    Repeat with remaining batter. Let cool on pan on rack for 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
  7. Step
    Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and orange rind until very soft and combined.
  8. Step
    Slowly beat in icing sugar until smooth.
  9. Step
    Repeat with remaining batter. Let cool on pan on rack for 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
  10. Step
    Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and orange rind until very soft and combined.
  11. Step
    Slowly beat in icing sugar until smooth.
  12. Step
    Once cookies are completely cooled, top each with a smear of frosting and sprinkle with orange sugar if desired.

Notes

Nutritional info per serving:

2 Cookies

Calories 180
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrates 23 g
Fat 9 g
Fibre 1 g
Sodium 115 mg

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