Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Blogger Clue ~ Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies
Hello June! Summer is just getting under way here in the Northeast! It’s time for barbecues, ice cream making, berry picking and picnics! It’s also time for the Blogger Clue Society. This month our clue is... picnics!  I love picnics! When I was a child my grandmother would pack up the best picnics ever. Simple and yet wonderfully delicious! She would always include fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and peaches from my grandfather’s garden. There would also be chicken, hard-boiled eggs, and potatoes! And don’t forget the watermelon!  I try to recreate some of those memories for my grandchildren, each summer, when they come to visit. We always plan a few picnics!  

These were so delicious…perfect for your picnic

 This month I was charged with searching Lauren’s charming and delicious blog, Sew You Think You Can Cook. Lauren lives in Ohio with her husband and son. She is a full time mom at the moment, but has a degree in Aerospace Engineering…pretty impressive! She has a weakness for Coach, kitchen towels and holiday decorations…me too, Lauren!   
It was quite hard trying to find just one recipe to make. I found several very nice salads, and the Beet Biscuits sound terrific. However, the recipe that caught my eye was the Carrot Cake Cookies. Carrot Cake is one of my favorite desserts! Perfect to pack up for a lovely picnic, or just enjoy anytime! 
I made these lovely cookies with the help of my granddaughter, who loves to bake. She grated the carrots, measured out the flour, sugar, and other ingredients. I did the mixing, and scooped them onto the cookie sheet. We doubled the recipe because we have a bunch of cookie monsters in our family. They were a big hit, and enjoyed by all! Thanks Lauren, for a great recipe! 

Definitely a keeper…thanks Lauren

Carrot Cake Cookies                                                                                                           from Sew You Think You Can Cook

1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/3 C sugar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C grated carrots
cream cheese frosting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars. When creamy add in egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. 
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients until combined. 
Gently fold in the shredded carrot. 
Spoon cookie batter onto a greased baking sheet. 
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are golden and slightly puffy in the center. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes before removing to a cooling rack. 
When cookies are completely cool, frost with cream cheese icing if desired.

Blogger Clue Society

(Almost) Nancy's Chopped Salad w/ Oregano Vinaigrette by Heather from girlichef
Apple Chips by Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Barbecue Chicken Salad w/ Smoky Barbecue Vinaigrette by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
California Quinoa Greek Salad by Christiane from Taking on Magazines
Carrot Cake Cookies by Kathy from Bakeaway with Me
Chicken Salad w/ Peanut Dressing by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
Chicken Waldorf Salad by Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
Duck with Pear Wraps + Limeade with Chia Seeds by Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
Fried Apple Pies by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Green Bean & Corn Salad by Alice from A Mama, Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen
Loaded Baked Potato Salad by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Date Cookies by Rebekah from Making Miracles
Olive Sables by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Puff Pastry Antipasto Squares by Anna from annaDishes
Smoky Pimento Cheese Spread by Debra from Eliot's Eats
Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Baked Beans + Chickenburger Roll-in-a-Basket by Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
Thomas Keller's Chocolate Chip Cookies by Kim from Liv Life
Tuscan Bean Salad by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Watermelon Feta Salad by Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
White Bean, Bacon and Rosemary Salad by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva


  1. This is my first time I've seen and heard and read of carrot cake cookies and they look really good!

  2. I love carrot cake cookie! Perfect choice for a picnic.

  3. Reading all of these posts, I'm really getting in the mood for a picnic! Carrot cake is my favorite and I must try these cookies!

  4. I've made my mom carrot cake but never carrot cake cookies - she is going to love them! Thanks for a great recipes!

  5. I love carrot cake, too, Kathy, but these cookies are definitely more portable! And there's some portion control, too, although I'm sure I'd go back for seconds. Excellent choice this month :)

  6. I love carrot cake and I must admit that I hadn't heard of carrot cake cookies until recently. I must add them to the picnic basket.

  7. I love this carrot cookies Kathy!!
    I was thinking in make for lunch a carrots tortilla!!
    I love carrots:))

  8. Carrot cake in cookie form? YES PLEASE! I love these, so perfect for packing in a picnic basket.

  9. So glad you enjoyed them! They look beautiful and would be a happy sight in any picnic basket.

  10. It was fun having your blog this month - you have so many wonderful recipes to choose from. These are such an interesting cookie and healthy - a must make!

  11. These sound delicious - carrot cake is good, so these cookies would also be good.

  12. Carrot cake and cookie in one...fantastic, Kathy!

  13. I love that you made these nice and big for the cookie monsters in your house...I have them too. :) They look wonderful, and I have to admit that I'd be diving in as quickly as my daughter (though I'd need that cream cheese frosting). :)

    1. I planned on frosting them…but the day was quite hectic! I wanted to get the photos before it was too dark! This cookie definitely stands alone, however, I would have preferred them iced, too. I love cream cheese frosting! I did plan on frosting them the next day, but there were none left!

  14. I am saving and making these SOON!! Love the sound of carrot cake cookies!!

  15. Gosh, I can't wait to try these beautiful cookies. Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts. Love this!

  16. Oh my! I love the idea of carrot cake cookies! My mom would go bananas for these, I will absolutely have to make them for her sometime soon. Great idea for a picnic treat!

  17. Love the idea!!! And what a wonderful kid-helper recipe!!

  18. When you crave carrot cake but only have time for cookies. These are perfect!

  19. These are a great idea, and much less fatty than most carrot cakes. Definitely worth trying... and maybe with a tad of cream cheese frosting on top? ~ David

  20. I love the idea of these cookies! So neat! :) certainly making these one day soon!

  21. Carrot Cake Cookies... you simply can't go wrong there! Love!

  22. Yup, carrot cake cookies sound pretty inspired to me too!

  23. Gotta love a good carrot cake. I know that this cookie version would be a huge hit as well!