CARROT CAKE COOKIES W/ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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    These cookies are so delectable, nobody will guess that they’re chock full of healthy ingredients.  Low in sugar, full of beta carotene, Vitamin C, as well as fiber.  They are like taking a piece of carrot cake to go!  You can add dates, chocolate chips, raisins, or walnuts. You can frost them or eat them plain.  You can add walnuts to the delicious Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.  You can omit an egg and make them a little firmer, or use both eggs and end up with a soft cake-like result.  They’re your cookies.  Bake them your way. It’s more fun!

INGREDIENTS:  Yields 36 cookies

1 stick room temp butter

½ cup shortening

½ cup white sugar

¼ cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs for cake-like (1 egg, 1 TBSP canola oil if you want more cookie-like)

1 cup carrots, cooked, mashed and cooled (3 – 5 carrots)**

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ rounded cups AP flour (or 1 rounded cup AP flour and 1/2 cup wheat flour)

½ cup oatmeal

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

Couple dashes salt

OPTIONS:  chopped nuts, dates, raisins, chocolate chips.

 

PREPARATION:

Peel carrots, cut into chunks and cook in covered pan with about 2” water until soft.  When cool, drain (reserving water) and mash with fork.  (Cooked a bit too much?  No problem.  If you have a baby, there’s lunch.  If not, give the dogs whatever is left over.  I also pour the cooled liquid over their dry food to provide extra nutrients.   The cooled liquid can also be frozen to use in soups or stews.)

In mixer bowl, beat butter and shortening for 30 seconds.  Add sugars and beat for 1 minute.  Add eggs, cooled carrots, vanilla, oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, cloves and beat until well incorporated.  Add flour and beat until thoroughly mixed but not over beaten.  Add Optional Ingredients.

I use my large cookie scoop (2 TBSP or so per cookie.)  Bake at 350 ° F for 16 – 17 min on stoneware, silicone sheet or regular sheet with parchment paper.

 

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

2 oz cream cheese, at room temp

1 TBSP butter, room temp

2 TBSP orange juice +/-

2 tsp orange zest

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar

Dash salt

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp cinnamon, crushed walnuts

PREPARATION:

In mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until just combined.  Add remaining ingredients and beat until desired spreading consistency is reached.  Add a bit extra orange juice if it seems too thick.  If too thin, add a bit extra confectioner’s sugar.

If you want the crushed nuts, they can be added directly to the frosting, or sprinkled on top.  I usually do half with nuts on top and half plain.

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