Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

I love Martha Stewart.

This is my first batch of cookies since high school. That was the first and only time I tried to make cookies. They came out as chocolate chip biscuits. I never attempted cookies again after that.

Cookies take two?

(Look, Ma! Homemade frosting!)

Much more successful. The cookies are light and cakey with a very distinctive carrot cake spice. I had some trouble with the cream cheese frosting and it came out a bit lumpy (didn’t wait for everything to come to room temperature) and liquidy. Ok. I probably could’ve avoided those problems easily, but I was lazy. I used granulated sugar instead of powdered, and simply blasted it in a food processor to make it into a powder. Sounds like a reasonable substitute, right? HOWEVER,… I realized too late that I had measured 1 cup before I processed it. The resulting powder was actually less than a cup, and I was too lazy to measure more out.

In all honesty, sandwiched between two jumbo cookies, no one will notice what the frosting looks liked. Although next time, I’ll just listen to Martha and follow the damn recipe.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 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 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 whole clove, ground
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots, (about 3 large carrots)
  • 3/4 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • 16oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature, cut in pieces
  • 2 cup confectioner’s/powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Grate carrots. Set aside in a large bowl with measured out oats, raisins, walnuts.
  2. 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.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; stir to combine.
  4. Gradually add flour to butter mixture; mix on a low speed until just blended.
  5. Mix in oats, carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Chill dough in refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour. This is important to prevent runny dough and flat cookies.
  6. Make frosting:
    1. Beat cream cheese gently until softened.
    2. Add butter and vanilla extract and mix on medium speed until well incorporated (no more lumps).
    3. Slowly add powdered sugar until all two cups are in, adding more if frosting is still too runny.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper, and set aside. (use the butter wrappers to grease up the parchment paper. Quick trick.)
  8. Using a 1/2-ounce ice-cream scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies. A 1tbs measuring spoon makes a good substitute. (***important! If you make the scoops too big or too close, you will get a sheet cookie. Trust me. I learned the hard way.) Transfer to oven, and bake until edges are JUST browned and crisped, 12 to 15 minutes. (Cookie will continue to cook and darken in color once removed.)
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat baking process with remaining dough. Once cooled completely, use an offset spatula to spread 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.

Some tips:

  1. Between batches, cool the baking pan completely by running it under some water in the sink. This keeps the dough from deflating upon contact on a hot pan…
  2. If you don’t have an ice cream scooper (I do not), use a 1tbs measuring spoon. 1 heaping spoonful will do. Just be consistent as you want the cookies to fit together for the sandwich.
  3. Chilling the dough is paramount. The dough is actually rather runny. Put the dough back in the fridge between baking batches to keep it firm.
  4. If the icing is too runny, add more powdered sugar! You may need more sugar than the icing recipe calls for.

EDIT: 3 years later, I’m getting pretty good at this recipe. Here’s the new and improved version. Smaller cookies, thicker and creamier frosting.

carrot cake

I also wasn’t instagram-ing 3 years ago. I’m sure that makes a difference in the photo quality. (: carrot cake2

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