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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies


Description

These Carrot Cake Whoopie pies feature a soft, lightly-spiced cookie sandwiched with a luscious cream cheese icing.


Ingredients

Cookies

1 cup butter, softened at room temperature

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. grated orange rind

1 cup rolled oats

2 cups finely grated carrots

1 cup chopped dates

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Icing

1/4 cup cream cheese

1/4 cup butter

1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar


Instructions

Cookies

1. Peel and grate carrots, then set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.

3. Add in two eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.

4. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda. Stir to combine thoroughly.

5. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time beating on low after each addition.

6. Add in carrots, rolled oats, dates and orange rind. Mix well. Dough will be sticky.

7. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

8. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, two inches apart on baking sheets. 

9. Bake in 350F ,one sheet at a time for 16 to 18 minutes until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom.

10. Let cool completely on wire racks. While cookies are cooling, prepare icing.

Icing

11. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, or stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat butter, cream cheese and icing sugar on high for 1 minute. 

12. Use 1 and 1/2 tbsp. of icing to ice the bottom half of the cookies. 

13. Sandwich iced cookies with un-iced cookie tops. Press down very lightly.

Cookies may be stored in refrigerator for up to five days.

Notes

Optional

Add in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe in Today's Parent Magazine 2013.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 367
  • Sugar: 36.6 g
  • Sodium: 222.2 mg
  • Fat: 16.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 65 mg

Keywords: Cookies