March 15, 2010

i baked these because grant had snack duty for his saturday am class.

and because i have been dying to make them ever since i saw this. shamefully, all of my baking seems to end in selfish logic. i had to have them. and have them i did. i held back 3 from the batch i sent to grant's classmates, and they are long gone. the first day, they were so yummy. but by day 2, after sitting in the fridge, they were phenomenal. after downing two in a row, (you can't eat just one) they took rank in my current top 5 cookies, along with this recent discovery.

Carrot Cake Cookies with cream cheese glaze
adapted from gourmet & abby

3/4 c. plus 1 T. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. plus 1 T. whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 c. plus 2 T. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. plus 2 T. granulated sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coarsely grated carrots (2 medium)

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 T. powdered sugar, plus extra if needed
2 T. milk, plus extra if needed to thin glaze
1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. sift together flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
2. beat together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla until pale and fluffy, about 2 min.
3. mix in carrot at low speed, then add flour mixture and beat until just combined. chill dough in freezer for 15 minutes.
4. drop 2 T. batter per cookie on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches between cookies. bake until cookies are lightly browned and springy to the touch, 12-16 minutes total. cool on sheets for 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks.
5. spoon glaze onto warm cookies and dust with cinnamon if desired. or use glaze to sandwich 2 cookies together for whoopie pies. store in airtight container in the fridge. makes 18 large iced cookies, or 9 jumbo whoopie pies.

this is one of my favorite things: a true cakey cookie. super soft and light. then add the fridge element and you've taken it to a whole new level. each bite is cool and spongy, with a terrific deepened flavor. the texture reminded me of little debbie oatmeal cream pies, but even better, of course.


in all respects, carrot cake cookies included, our weekend was super nice. mostly spent at home, hanging out. there was a lot of nestling on the couch, since it's still cold, gray and gloomy outside. bread was baked and tacos eaten and bathrooms scrubbed and we saw this movie, which i sometimes loved and sometimes let me down. and i even played two video games with grant (i don't play video games). but the biggest news from the weekend is that i got my first taste of the new sewing machine! we worked on tailoring some of grant's dress shirts, which was a nice beginner project. and now my trim guy has more shirts that actually fit him. boy, does he look sharp. and now is my mind stuck on sewing. i've got the urge to do something creative.

am headed out into blogland to hunt for potential sewing projects. see you tues. happy laundry day!


Kaitlyn Luce said...

I still have yet to try the banana chocolate chip cookies. They look marvelous. So do these ones. It's like carrot cake in cookie form. Can I just say that is absolutely brilliant?

[eeny] said...

They look sooo yummy. I should defenitely try them soon. I have a bunch of carrots from the farmers market and don't know what to do with them. So that's just what I needed. Thank you!

Eileen said...

These look really good! I'll have to add them to my "to-try" list.

About the dress shirt tailoring - that sounds like a very useful skill. I have a sewing machine that I only use to hem my pants (useful as a short person), but it would be great to expand my abilities. My husband also has issues with dress shirts being too big... what resources did you use to learn the tailoring? Did you practice with old shirts? I think I'd be scared to mess up his shirts...

Summer said...

They look and sound sooo yummy! I am going to have to try them! Yummo....

Have a Happy Monday
Summer :0)

kristi said...

We watched Up in the Air this weekend too.....not at all what I expected! I still can't decide if I liked it or not!

Jennifer said...

mmm these cookies look amazing! I'll have to give them a try sometime soon -- which is probably a a bad idea lol.

Unknown said...

i CANNOT wait to try these. my husband looves carrot cake! yum!

Christina said...

Ah! Another Summer recipe to bookmark. : ) I've probably made more of your recipes than any other bloggy friend's. I adore carrot cake (it was my birthday cake of choice when I was growing up) and can't wait to try these!

Renee said...

oh summer...if these are like "little debbie" oatmeal pies...I've GOT to try them! that just sounds sooo good right now! thanks for posting this!!
p.s did you find a sewing project yet? lots of people here are sewing aprons!! thought you would like that!

Rossco said...

wow--- right back at ya! Clicked over to see who you were and found myself back in your old apartment last summer... sheesh. and yum. I saved like 5 recipes along the way. Glad to find you.

Lillie said...

Oh man--- that's always really confusing... that was my husband's sign in--- that was me, not Ross. :)

Anne said...

I made these today for small group tonight, they smell divine!

Renee said...

summer...just saw that the movie you watched this weekend was "up in the air" funny....that was the movie that was playing on the plane on the way home! Dad watched it ...not me! He said it was a little depressing at the'll have to compare notes when we get together!...small world!



about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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