Carrot cake-flavored cookies are sandwiched together with cream cheese frosting in these cute little whoopie pies, making them an easy-to-serve, hand-held dessert, perfect for a springtime get-together or Easter celebration!
Now that we have officially entered spring, I officially have Easter on the brain. The weather is getting warmer, the grass is beginning to green up, the flowers are starting to bloom, and lots of yummy spring produce is hitting the stores and farmers markets. And as much as I love incorporating those fresh, delicious veggies into salads and Easter-worthy side dishes, it’s even more fun turning them into dessert!
So raise your hand if you love carrot cake? I always enjoy it when I have the opportunity to eat it, but I must confess that I don’t really think to make it until Easter time rolls around. And as much as I love cake in general, sometimes it’s fun to try a new spin on a classic dessert. That’s why I was so excited to come across this recipe for Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies!
These little babies are basically carrot cake with cream cheese frosting reincarnated as lightened-up, mini whoopie pies. The cookies themselves are very cake-like, tender, and sweet, and the filling is only the best type of frosting ever. Okay, so perhaps that’s my opinion, but I think you’ll agree that this cream cheese filling is a perfect complement to the cinnamon-spiced, carrot-studded cookies.
On top of all of that deliciousness, these cute little cookies are perfectly portioned and would be easy to serve and eat at any springtime or Easter gathering. Think about it…all the yumminess of carrot cake without having to slice a cake, serve it on plates, and eat it with forks. Just let everyone grab a cookie and dessert is done!
I think children will be especially fond of these, and you can inwardly cackle at the thought that they’re ingesting nutritious carrots as a part of their sweet treat. Maybe I’m the only one who cackles at such hidden-veggie trickery? Honestly, though, my kids knew that these cookies contained carrots and that didn’t slow them down in the least.
I present to you Exhibit A. Big brother was at school and baby sister was taking a nap, so the 4-year-old was more than happy to act as my numero uno taste tester…and he approved, as evident in his slightly sugar-crazed look in that last pic.
I actually came across this clever recipe while flipping through the latest issue of Cooking Light. I believe I’ve mentioned before my love of magazines (ahem, enough to include it in #1), and to say that my love borders on addiction would probably be an understatement. I find reading each and every word of a magazine, cover to cover, to be the ultimate means of relaxation. I border on hoarder when it comes to magazines, because I have a hard time throwing away such treasure troves of recipes and ideas. As a result, I keep some of my favorite issues in their entireties, and for other issues, I rip out and save lots of pages before (reluctantly) tossing them into recycling (and that’s only because my non-hoarder hubby makes me…killjoy). I’m also the girl who blows half of her vacation budget at the airport newsstand buying each current issue of every favorite magazine for the plane ride. Y’all do that, too, right?
So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that there is currently a promotion running whereby you can purchase the April issues of Real Simple and Cooking Light magazines at Target to receive a $5 Target gift card back! Um, my magazine addict math tells me that’s basically like buy one, get one free. In other words, SCORE! Because who wouldn’t love the excuse to head back to Target
later today tomorrow soon to spend that gift card burning a hole in your pocket?! I mean, you could even get another magazine!
I marked lots of recipes in my shiny new Real Simple and Cooking Light for whipping up this spring. I’m all about quick and easy, healthy recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients that I can feel good about feeding my family…and let’s just say that I’m going to be hiding these two magazines from my husband so that they can go into my “hoarder” collection. 😉 These April issues are good ones, y’all.
I hope you’re able to take advantage of this deal the next time you swing by Target, and I hope you have a chance to try these Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies this spring! They’re a little bit different and a whole lot delicious, and I think they’d be a perfect addition to your spring festivities or Easter celebration. I’m pretty sure that my kiddos will be requesting them this Easter…and again and again after that, all year long. And I’m pretty sure that I’ll happily oblige them, because let’s just say that the kids weren’t the only ones who adored these tasty little carrot cake whoopie pies. 🙂
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