Monday, December 5, 2011

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Everything is better with a little frosting, wouldn't you agree?

During lacrosse season in high school we used to bring a box of Wheat Thins and a tub of funfetti frosting to lunch...Healthy? Not so much. Amazingly tasty? Absolutely.

So, how can you jazz up a plain old cookie? With frosting of course!

Now that we've relocated and I've started working in a new place, I have to start all over introducing my colleagues to my sweets. When a meeting showed up on the calender and I found out that a co-workers birthday had yet been celebrated I knew what had to be done.

These cookies are just the beginning.

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
Oven: 350 Bake time: 12 minutes
Yields 12 large sandwich cookies

1 bag Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix (yes, I cheated a little)
1 egg
1 stick butter, softened
2-3 TBS milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shredded carrots
scant 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream butter and egg until combined.
Add cookie mix, carrots, cinnamon, vanilla and milk, mixing until well combined.
Stir in raisins and walnuts, mixing until evenly distributed.
Use a large ice cream scoop for batter to ensure same size cookies- place 1 inch apart.
Transfer to oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until sides are lightly browned.

While cookies are cooling make Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese (half of the block), softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBS milk
2 cups powdered sugar

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until combined and smooth.
Add vanilla, milk and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
*Feel free to add more milk or more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.

Once cookies are completely cooled, match cookies by size.
Place large dollop on flat side of one cookie and sandwich with the other.
Continue until all cookies have been filled and matched.

 All packed up and ready to go to the meeting!

Happy Baking!

Proving my point, that everything is a little better with frosting.