Tuesday, December 1, 2009

12 Days of Cookies

December 01:
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
Carrot-Cake-Sandwich-Cookie

These are one of my favorite cookies to make. They are so different and fun and are a definite stand out from the usual chocolate chip. Everyone gobbles them up at the parties I take them to and I always get requests for the recipe. It's a good idea to make these really small as they are a very hearty cookie.
  • Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots, (about 3 large carrots)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugars and butter; beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until well combined.
    2. In a large bowl, 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, and raisins. Chill dough in refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour.
    3. Using a 1/2-ounce ice-cream scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Transfer to oven, and bake until browned and crisped, rotating pan halfway through baking to ensure even color, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat baking process with remaining dough. Once cooled completely, use an offset spatula to spread about 2 teaspoons of cream-cheese filling onto a cookie. Sandwich together with a second cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

    Cream Cheese Icing

    Makes about 2 cups

    • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
    • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1. Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine.

1 comment:

shauna said...

I look forward to your 12 days of cookies!!! At the end of 12 days, I think you should have us all over for a cookie party.

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