Carrot Cake Cookies

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by Amy Flanigan on June 28, 2011 · 35 comments

I don’t drink or do drugs, but this past week made me reconsider.

Haley’s been taking a tap/ballet combo class since last September. Once a week. No big deal. But the annual recital at the end of the season? THAT’S some serious commitment.

I know very little about hair and make-up, or fashion for that matter. So with two full dress rehearsals beforehand and the actual recital, I found myself overwhelmed in the Target isle surrounded by curling irons and eye shadows, and not having a clue what I should buy. I also spent an entire day running around town from wig stores to beauty supply boutiques trying to find a synthetic hair piece because the two hours I spent curling and twisting and spraying her strands into perfect ringlets…DIDN’T HOLD. Shoot me.

To add insult to injury, and through no fault but my own, I also volunteered to be a chaperone for her class. 9 other moms were relying on me to take care of their precious offspring (ranging from 3-5 years old). Helping them change their shoes, helping them to the bathroom, providing entertainment and snacks in between performances. No pressure.

Did I also mention the day before the recital, Haley graduated from preschool – ceremony, gap and gown. The whole nine yards (yes, they do that sort of thing nowadays.)

If it hadn’t been for my friend Cher who’s a veteran at these events, you surely would have found me wandering the streets, talking to myself and twitching violently.

So, again, I get the whole “I need a glass of wine” motto.

However…I prefer cookies.

And last week, I preferred these cookies. Yes, they require more work than the average cookie. But we’re talking carrot cake in cookie form. Worth it, wouldn’t you say?

Way better than being carried away in a straight jacket.

Carrot Cake Cookies
Makes 18 individual cookies (9 sandwiched cookies, as pictured)
Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

For the filling:
• 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
• 2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

For the cookies:
• 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), melted
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1 large egg yolk
• 3/4 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 3/4 cup packed, finely grated carrots
• 1/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

For the filling, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until well-combined and smooth. Mix in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar until totally incorporated. Mix in lemon juice.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, in a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugars, and egg yolk. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture.  Stir until combined. Mix in oats, carrots, and raisins.

Drop dough by level tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets.  Flatten with the palm of your hand.  Bake until the edges are crisp, rotating baking sheets halfway through, 15 to 18 minutes.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Flip one of each pair over, bottom side up.  Dollop out the cream cheese filling over cookie.  Top with remaining cookie and press gently to spread the filling to the edges.

Notes: Before being filled, the cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. The filling can be made ahead and chilled for up to five days. After cooked and assembled, these are best when served immediately.

(from Joanne at Eats Well With Others, via Martha Stewart)

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Cindy Eksuzian December 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Your blog is down home beautiful. Thanks for sharing your carrot cake cookie recipe. It looks AbFab. Merry Christmas! Cindy


Amy December 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

Greetings, Cindy – thank you so much for the kind words and stopping by. Merry Christmas to you too!


Nicole October 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Can you pleeeease note at the top of the directions that the recipe makes 18 INDIVIDUAL cookies, not double cookies as the picture implies.


Amy October 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Fixed! Sorry Nicole…I can feel your frustration, obviously not ending up with the amount of cookies you thought you would. I hope the ones you did have were delicious.


Nicole October 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

These cookies were beyond popular! I made them for my son’s birthday at pre-school, both of his teachers asked for the recipe. I made another batch for hubby to take to work… apparently they disappeared in 2 mins flat :)


Amy October 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

Okay. Well, whew! They didn’t last long around here either…


Eliana June 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Oh good gosh! These look so incredible. I cold seriously devour an entire batch of them right now. Love them!!!!


Annapet June 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Carrots make these cookies super healthy ;-). I love this!


Stephanie June 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

You are such a great mother! I would be the SAME WAY if I were in your shoes. Makeup? Forget it! Hair? No thanks! But, the important part is that you tried, and I bet Haley did great…all thanks to you!

Oh, and these cookies look good too. :)


Amy June 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thanks, Stephanie :D I’ll be more prepared next year…bring it on!


Sasha @ The Procrastobaker June 29, 2011 at 2:02 am

yummm, im such a carrot cake fan, the idea of having it in little portable cookie form is a wonderful but entirely dangerous idea! :) lovely recipe, they look irresistibly scrumptious


Elena (running in heels after child) June 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I have made a version of these cookies- yum- they are so good.

I will have to try this recipe.


Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) June 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Cookies definitely trump wine. Every time. Especially ones as pretty as these!


Joanne June 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Oh man your week sounds crazier than a typical med school week! These cookies really are the perfect cure, though. I plan on making them whenever I feel stressed from here on out. So that would be…at least daily.


Katie June 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I always prefer sweets over booze…:) These look incredibly delicious!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Your version looks terrific!


Nina June 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Amy, great post….these are gorgeous! Wow. Carrot cake is one of my all time faves….will definitely be making these soon. ..they look incredible!


Sippitysup June 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

These”cooked” are beautiful, if only that had little ringlets for hair… GREG


Amy June 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

They are a pretty looking cookie, no? It’s the orange. Or maybe the filling oozing out, begging to be eaten. GAH, those ringlets. Seriously…it’s the first time (and possibly the last) that I actually wished my kids inherited my curls and not Paul’s straight hair.


krysta June 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

cookies and carrot cake combined? *brain exploded*


Amy June 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Right?! :D


Sandi Benoit June 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm

One of my biggest weakness’s is carrot cake, (plus a few others!) I feel your pain. Kyleah is dance/jazz. 2 days a week. Just had her 4 hour recital! Thank God , Faith is good with hair. 2 separate “recital” costumes (grandma paid) plus “hair jewelry”…Did I mention she’s in soccer, that practices 3 days a week, with a game 1 day a week. (along with her brother) Least we forget, Girl Scouts!!! John just rescheduled his “life” to go to this taste testing tomorrow and it got cancelled at the last minute, to July 13, and he don’t know if he can make it. He’s my driver, I can’t drive longer than 5 miles, with my knees…I do feel your pain!!!


Amy June 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Isn’t it nuts? A 4-hr recital and the little ones are expected to last until 9:30pm to join in the finale. And yet, they get through it don’t they? Better than the parents! In the end, Haley shined and I was so beyond proud of her. I did reconsider having her be a part of it next year, but when I mentioned it to her, I got that deer-in-headlights look, as if her head was going to spin. So I’ll endure it again. And take valium.


Ethan June 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

I know you just wrote about a bunch of stuff that makes you super mom running around ragged, but I couldn’t get the image of these cookies out of my mind while reading. Slightly guilt-free carrot cake cookies…YES!


Amy June 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

It’s okay. They were a diversion for me, too. And now I’m thinking of apple pie cookies for my next mommy meltdown ;-)


Jude June 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

It’s a modern take on ‘Calgon, take me away’, but with carrot cake cookies doing the trick! Yum.


Amy June 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Hee heeee. Exactly! And so much better than a hot bath. Gosh, imagine these and a hot bath. Bliss.


Andrea June 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

There’s no leavening? As for the dance recital, I’m glad I have a boy! There the question is, “Mama, how do I make my hair look messy? I don’t know what you mean by ‘tousled’?” Or, on my being barefoot on a cold day recently: “Did you polish your toes? They look purple to me.”


Amy June 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Remember, I have one of those too. Trevor’s already asking “when he can dance?” I can’t handle it. Not him doing dance, per se…more having to deal with BOTH of them in the recital. Although, I certainly wouldn’t have the problems with his hair. Nope. He’s doing soccer!


PJ June 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

This story makes me laugh! HARD!!


Amy June 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Hi PJ – Ha! Well, I’m glad it can bring joy to others ;-) I’m able to laugh about it now…since the migraine has disappeared. And I’m on my next batch of cookies :D


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet June 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

I swear I think I can taste these cookies by looking at the photo. YUM! Totally making these. I have a bumper crop of carrots in the garden and this is the ticket.



Amy June 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Heather, I’m jealous you have a garden big enough to harvest carrots! That’s my goal next year…carrots and leeks, here I come.


DessertForTwo June 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

How perfect! If I had a week like yours, I think I would need cookies AND a glass of wine :)


Amy June 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Right!? Yes, I’m glad it’s behind me.


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