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Carrot Cake Cookies

This is another recipe from my foodie Mama, Marina, and it won me second place in the “filled cookies” category at the state fair this year!  I also won first place with another cookie recipe of hers, but this is the recipe that everyone on Facebook demanded after seeing the picture, so I’m posting it first.  My only other first place ribbon was for Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies, in the “refrigerated cookies” category, which I have already posted the recipe for. I got eleven ribbons total and plan to share most of the recipes with you in future posts.

I don’t know what to say about these cookies that isn’t obvious just from looking at the picture.  They are delicious!!  Imagine classic carrot cake flavors combined with the buttery taste and soft, chewy texture of a cookie and there you have it.  Perfection!


CARROT CAKE COOKIES
Printable recipe
Printable recipe with picture

1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 ½ cups finely grated carrots
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
Cream Cheese Filling (recipe follows)
Powdered sugar for dusting (I skipped this)

Heat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with Parchment paper, and set aside. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; stir to combine. Gradually add flour to butter mixture; mix on a low speed until just blended. Mix in oats, carrots, raisins and walnuts. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight. Drop dough onto parchment paper, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake until light brown, about 12 minutes. Cool cookies on cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Once cooled completely, pipe or spread about 2 teaspoons of filling on half the cookies & sandwich together with a second cookie; dust with powdered sugar on both sides. Serve at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
Makes about 2 cups

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons crushed pineapple, well-drained and squeezed dry
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Place the cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Beat the cream cheese until soft. Gradually add the butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in the powdered sugar, and beat until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine. By hand stir in the pineapple and walnuts.

Recipe source: Marina C.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

26 responses »

  1. oh boy, pass that plate. I love carrot cake and these look soooo pretty and delicious.

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  2. Seriously?! How is a lady supposed to diet when she sees awesome things like this! Holy carrot cake! These sound and look awesome!

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    • Sorry, Debbi, now that I’m on a strict diet myself, the recipes aren’t worth posting (although I plan to do a post on them on my diet blog) so it’s only going to be the fattening recipes on here for a while!

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  3. Aw, so cute! I didn’t know you called Marina your “Foodie Mama” to cute!! I love these cookies, and was patiently waiting on the recipe ;) Thanks Veronica!!! :)

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    • Yeah, I think of her that way and have called her that before on this blog. :) She’s my baking mentor. Sorry I took so long posting it! I’m so backlogged on posting recipes–life keeps getting in the way.

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  4. Wow congrats on all of your ribbons!! Looks like they were well deserved… these cookies sound amazing!

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  5. Congrats on your ribbons! These cookies are definitely award-winning! I’m hoping to make them sometime soon for my mom who is a huge carrot cake lover! :)

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  6. You did your Foodie Mama proud! the cookies look amazing…even without the confectioner’s sugar. I love these cookies and so does everyone at work!! Now that I will be having more time this Autumn on my hands I will refined my other two original cookie ideas I have been working on…

    Will keep you posted….Love Marina Isabel

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  7. Wowza! Those look awesome!! I have a soup cook-off in November, I think I will make these as dessert :)

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  8. Wow, I love that there is a full cup and a half of real grated carrots in there. At least I’ll get in my vitamin A! Love the crunchy walnuts in there, and the tangy cream cheese filling…it’s a whole roll of good stuff!

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  9. Veronica, you know, I’ve never heard of carrot cookies before but you know what??? I think it sounds sooo divine! An awesome twist to carrot cake! Yum! Thanks for sharing! I gotta put this on the “to try for sure” list.

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  10. Hello fellow 100 Hottie

    I’ve been loking for recipes. This will really help me along the way. I hope you’re of to a good start too.

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  11. Oh my! These look delicious! And cream cheese filling? You’re speaking my love language. :-P

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  12. Those cookies look so yummy I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe. I hope you don’t mind me adding you as one of my favorite blogs.

    http://nevertheskinnygirl.blogspot.com

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  13. YUMMY!!! This is something my hubby would love. Not for me and my life style change but then maybe just a tiny piece wouldn’t be terrible.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Take care and have a blessed weekend.

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  14. Indeed, those cookies look awesome!

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  15. Wow. Those cookies are really mouth-watering, I should say. Especially for the kids! Kids will definitely love these cookies with a fresh hot glass of milk while watching cartoons in the weekends. Well, I used to do the same thing when I was young.

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  17. Yummy! Reading your post makes me craves for cookies. I will surely bake this tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe and the idea of cheese cream filling makes it more delicious.

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  18. This recipe will make my diet stop for a while. Lol. I can’t concentrate on my diet when ever I see yummy recipes like this. Maybe I should bake some of this then after I eat lots of these then I can start dieting again. For sure my husband will get angry of me. But I can’t stop myself. Lol.

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