Inside-Out Carrot Cake Cookies

Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 45 min

  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coarsely grated carrots (2 medium)
  • 1 scant cup walnuts (3 oz), chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins (2 1/2 oz)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey

Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375°F. Butter 2 baking sheets.

Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Beat together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in carrots, nuts, and raisins at low speed, then add flour mixture and beat until just combined.

Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons batter per cookie 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are lightly browned and springy to the touch, 12 to 16 minutes total. Cool cookies on sheets on racks 1 minute, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

While cookies are baking, blend cream cheese and honey in a food processor until smooth.

Sandwich flat sides of cookies together with a generous tablespoon of cream cheese filling in between.

Makes about 13 cookies.

Gourmet
April 2004

Substitutions: I used 100% whole wheat flour in place of the AP and only granulated sugar because I did not have any brown sugar on hand. I did not add walnuts because I prefer my cookies without nuts.

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3 Responses to “Inside-Out Carrot Cake Cookies”


  1. 1 sparta April 25, 2007 at 10:38 am

    My son and I made these last night. Added pecans and used our own honey. They were just great.

  2. 2 trikeratops July 16, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    this is a really good recipe. although, i added alot more raisins, walnuts, and carrots so it came out chunkier, but really scrumptious :)

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