Juliet absolutely LOVED the carrot cake cookies, she had one before I added the frosting and devoured it faster than I've ever seen her eat anything. Then I tried one and I got it.
It took me about 45 minutes to take the photos for these cookies because it was my first time shooting with my new Canon 7D and I was getting so frustrated. The settings are all in different places and I was having a hard time getting a good shot because I didn't know how to make the adjustments with exposure and focus that I needed.
I'm pretty sure these cookies toppled over right after I clicked the shutter for this photo
My mom would love these cookies, she loves carrot cake. I took this batch to work today but just realized I better save a couple for her!
Carrot cake sandwich cookies (recipe adapted via Cooking Light)
2 cups shredded carrot (I used organic baby carrots and shredded them in my food processor with the grater attachment)
2/3 cups packed brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1 large egg
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine shredded carrots and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar in a bowl, toss to coat. Place carrot mixture in a fine mesh sieve; let stand to drain for 10 minutes. Discard liquid.
Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium microwave, safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds or until melted. Add oil, rind, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; stir with a whisk until well-combined.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, remaining brown sugar (about 1/2 a cup), cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk.
Add carrot mixture and butter mixture; stir until just combined. drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets; gently pat down to flatten.
Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes or until set. Remove pans from oven; let stand for 3 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on a wire rack.
Combine cream cheese, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 3 minutes or until fluffy.
Add powdered sugar, beat at low speed 1 minute or until well-combined. Spread about 1 tablespoon icing on flat side of cookie; top with another cookie, flat side down. Repeat with remaining cookies.