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Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches

Wholesome carrot cake cookies made with whole grains, shredded carrots and raisins sandwiched with a light cream cheese filling.

Ingredients

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Carrot Cake Cookies:

  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour*
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch coarse salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar or honey
  • ¼ cup soft butter or oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ¼ cup golden raisins

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 4-ounces Neufchatel cheese or mascarpone
  • 2 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on medium speed to whip together brown sugar/honey and butter/oil. Once fluffy, add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Whisk in vanilla extract.
  3. Slowing whisk wet ingredient mixture into dry ingredients, on low, until incorporated. Fold in carrots and raisins. Place batter in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Use a medium cookie scoop to form 2-inch mounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes, until soft but slightly browned. Allow to completely cool.
  5. To make filling, whip cream cheese/mascarpone on high with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer until fluffy. Whip in sugar and vanilla extract.
  6. Spread a 1-inch layer of filling onto the bottom side of half of the cookies. Place remaining cookies on top of the filling, bottom side down, to form cookie sandwiches. Roll edges in coconut, if desired. Keep refrigerated.

Notes

Substitution Tip: You can use whole wheat, all-purpose or gluten free all-purpose flour. You can also swap in 1 ½ cups almond flour + ¼ cup coconut flour for a lower carb cookie.

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