Carrot Cake Cookies
Here's What You Need:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 cup raisins
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Here's What You Do:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Be sure there are no lumps of brown sugar. A little lump of brown sugar can ruin an entire cookie. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and then add the drained pineapple, carrots and raisins.
In Go The Carrots!
At this point in the "helping" process, Owen decided it was snack time and so he enjoyed a little pile of raisins and the pineapple juice. Darn. I was wanting that pineapple juice myself. Oh well. Now, combine your dry ingredients - flour through cinnamon, in a small bowl. Give it a whisk and then very slowly, with your mixer turned on low, add the flour mixture. Be sure not to over-mix. Just get everything combined. If you are adding nuts, which we did not, go ahead and do this now. Scoop up the cookie dough and put it on your cookie sheet. I made them on the small side using my smaller cookie dough scooper. I just love that thing!
Look at all that chunky goodness...raisins, pineapple, carrots.
My recipe tells me to bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes but I have no idea what cookies that person is eating because mine baked for 8-9 minutes and were perfectly done. Please, whenever you are making a new cookie recipe, always set your timer or begin checking on the cookies sooner rather than later. I suppose the person who developed this recipe made her cookies a bit bigger than I made mine, but still, 20 minutes is a looooong time for a cookie to be in any oven. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack before icing them, if that's what you have planned. I decided to mix up a little cream cheese icing and ice just half of them since I figured I would end up freezing some of these. I didn't think cream cheese frosting would freeze and then thaw very nicely.
I ended up icing the whole batch.
They are so good, I know none will ever make it to the freezer!
Warm and fresh from the oven, Owen and I split the first cookie. They are really very good and I was surprised by how much he liked it. I stuck the next cookie sheet in the oven and decided to quickly check online for a simple cream cheese icing recipe. I heard him doing something in the other room but didn't think anything about it. I came back through the living room and noticed he was chewing something. "Did you sneak another cookie?!" Bless his heart, he didn't even fib about it. He smiled and said, "Yes, they're yummy Mommy. Can I have another?!"
Delish! Like my yellow nail polish? It's Jenna's.