I had carrot cake for my birthday decided it would make an excellent cookie so off to Google again and I came up with a Martha Stewart recipe and a variation at Eats Well With Others: Carrot Cake Cookies. Really not much work and almost no skill is needed to pull this off. Give it a try for an everyday treat or that special occasion.
Most of the time I must put some though into the rating. Not this time. If I only had a 6…
Notes: I wanted some cinnamon instead of a large does of ginger. Other than that, I mostly stayed on task. The suggested cream cheese frosting ( which I loved) was about twice as much as needed. The recipe as posted reflects the 50% decrease. I did make them slightly bigger and do not make them into sandwiches like the recipes called for. I just frosted and ate.
Preheat oven on 350 convection. Prep two cookie sheets by covering with parchment paper. Finely shred one large or 2 smaller carrots to make 3/4 cup. Try not to use the “baby carrots”, they have no taste.
Make the frosting first. 4 oz cream cheese and 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter (without salt preferred) in a bowl. Microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften if needed but do not melt.
Cream together with a hand mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add 1 t vanilla and 1/2 t lemon juice. Continue to mix. Slowly add 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar and continue to beat until smooth. Refrigerator until needed. Don’t forget to lick the beaters.
In a large mixing bowl combine 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter (again unsalted preferred) with 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg yoke. Whisk or beat together. I’m lazy and used a stand mixer but a hand held mixer or even an whisk should do.
Next in a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients. 3/4 cup AP flour, 1/2 t ginger, 1/2 t cinnamon, 1 t salt. Mix together well and slowly combine with the butter/egg mixture.
Now add 3/4 cup shredded carrot, 1 cup rolled oats and 1/3 cup raisins. Mix well.
Spoon onto the parchment covered cookie sheets into 1 inch diameter balls. It should make about 16. Flatten the balls slightly with your fingers.
Place in the oven for 8 minutes. Rotate the pans (180 degrees and bottom pan to top). Cook another 7-8 minutes until edges are turning brown.
Remove from oven and let set for about 2 minutes until they firm up a bit and then move to a cooling rack.
Let cool and then frost with the cream cheese frosting.
December 25 2013