Tuesday, June 28, 2011

RECIPE: Carrot Cake Cookies

Yesterday we pulled quite a few carrots from our little carrot patch.  We still have a ton to be pulled.  In the mean time, I thought I'd share a yummy recipe for Carrot Cake Cookies.

Carrot Cake Cookies (adapted from Martha Stewart)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup finely grated carrots, juiced squeezed out
1 cup oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Filling
4 ounces Neufchatel, softened
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted


In mixing bowl, beat butter until light and creamy.  Add sugar and brown sugar, beat until light and fluffy.

Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.

Add flour, cinnamon, ginger, crystallized ginger, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well.

Add carrots*, oats and pecans.  Mix well.

Use an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop and scoop evenly onto baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes or until the edges are just golden.  Allow to cool for a minute on the sheet and then move to a cooling rack.

Finish baking the rest of the cookies.

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and beat until creamy.  

Once cookies are completely cooled, spread a little of the cream cheese filling onto one side of a cookie and top with another cookie.


Ta-da!  

It's totally divine!

Enjoy!

TIP:

*grate the carrots and then put them in a tea towel and squeeze the life out of them!  the juice can be saved for other uses or discarded


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17 comments:

Carrie said...

Oh. Mah. Gawd. Can you freeze a couple and bring them to our next HP meeting!?!?!

Head Ant said...

I'll have to make these soon.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

These look awesome!! They look completely addicting, thanks!

Aimee said...

Thanks for stopping by! Those carrot cake cookies look fantastic!
I'm a new follower,
Aimee

Susie said...

What a yummy idea:-)

carolinaheartstrings said...

What a yummy treat for the summer munchies while everyone is home and relaxing. Thanks for sharing.

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Wow those looks so good!!! And I am totally loving those cute colored carrots!! I am so planting some this fall.

Traci Michele said...

Yummy!

Love,
Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations
(come see my frappe recipe!)
http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

shopannies said...

love carrot cake and these to me would be like mini carrot cakes they would be awesome

Swathi said...

Carrot cake cookies looks delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul hop.

Ott, A. said...

What a fun idea. I love carrot cake and these little cookies look delish! Thanks for sharing as this is getting bookmarked for later.

ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

This looks good. Would come over and share some of your recipes at my link party Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow?
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts so I would love to try these cookies. That is awesome that you made them with carrots from your own garden :) I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)
Katie

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness. It's one in the morning, and I should be going to bed, but instead I'm looking at your delicious food and my stomach is grumbling - because, well, there's NOTHING better than cookies (ESPECIALLY carrot cake!) I (surprisingly!) have all the ingredients for this, and will totally be making it in the morning!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Oh wow, what a treat! I love the way you have added ginger to these wonderful cookies, and sandwiching them together with that lovely filling is just inspired! Thank you for sharing them with Let's Do Brunch. They look just gorgeous!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

these look fabulous! I must put them on my "to do" list of recipes!

Rug Cleaning Santa Monica said...

These look so yummy! I love carrot cake deserts so I'm really excited to give this one a try!
-Rachel

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