Thursday, March 5, 2009

Carrot Cake Cookies

I joined the "Cookie Carnival" and was excited to try March's recipe for these great cookies. I made them with raisins and some without both were very good. My husband enjoyed them without the creamcheese filling. I found this to be a big hit with my family........Enjoy

Inside-Out Carrot Cake Cookies
March Cookie Carnival Recipe

Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 45 min

Makes about 13 cookies. I used a small cookie scoop and made 15 sandwich cookies

1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coarsely grated carrots (2 medium)
1 scant cup walnuts (3 oz), chopped
1/2 cup raisins (2 1/2 oz)
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup honey

Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375°F. Butter 2 baking sheets.

Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Beat together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in carrots, nuts, and raisins at low speed, then add flour mixture and beat until just combined.

Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons batter per cookie 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are lightly browned and springy to the touch, 12 to 16 minutes total. Cool cookies on sheets on racks 1 minute, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

While cookies are baking, blend cream cheese and honey in a food processor until smooth. ( My family preferred a traditional cream cheese icing )


TheFlammfam said...

Yet another cookie, I'll have to try! I made my husband a cookie of the month coupon book, and we are trying the Cowboy Cookies for this month, and maybe next month we'll try these cookies...he loves carrot cake!

anissa ferguson said...

These are great, I used whole wheat flour in a second batch and it turned out Fabulous. I am glad you want to try them they are worth it.