Sweet Tooth Series - Part 2

I can't remember the last time I was so addicted to a cookie. Alone, these carrot cake cookies are great, but when you add the cream cheese frosting it just goes over the top!! 

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies 
by quickfeetgoodeats.com

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats – not instant
1 1/2 cup grated carrots – about 3 large carrots
1 cup raisins (Optional)
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts (Optional) - I omitted these
This makes A TON of frosting. You can probably cut in half.
2 stick of butter, at room temp
16 oz cream cheese, at room temp
8 cups confectioners sugar - I used closer to 7 cups (which equals almost one large bag)
1 splash vanilla extract
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, silpats, or simply spray with cooking spray.
  • In a mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 – 4 minutes in a stand mixer).
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger - whisk to combine.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix on low until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Mix in oats, carrots, raisins, and walnuts.
  • Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Shape tablespoons of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
  • Bake until browned and crisp around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes rotating halfway through.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Combine butter and cream cheese in mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • While mixing at a low speed, add sugar.
  • Once combined, add a splash of vanilla extract and mix on a medium to high speed for 3 minutes, or until smooth and fully combined.
  • Frost half the cookies and top with the other half to make the sandwich!

I very regrettably tossed the extra frosting and afterwards a friend of mine told me of a great use for the extra frosting......graham crackers! If you're brave enough to keep the extra frosting around the house, you can spread it on graham crackers as another sweet snack.

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