. . . for Lauren and Lauren: If it has vegetables it has to be kind of healthy

April 7, 2013

If it has vegetables it has to be kind of healthy

caridgan: target clearance ($6 this weekend)     belt: old navy    skirt: target  

Any dessert with fruit or vegetables means that I don't feel nearly as bad eating it and can justify eating extra helpings as I feel like there has to be a tiny bit of nutritional value it in. 

Which is one of the many reasons I love these Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches.  

Like very few of the recipes I use these days, this was found pre-pinterest and I therefore do not know where it came from.  I've changed a few things, but can not take credit one bit for this.  So thank you to whoever made this delicious dessert first. 


Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs 
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cup grated carrots (I used a bag of shredded carrots and cut them up)

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium until well combined. 

Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.  Whisk to combine.  Gradually add flower mixture to butter mixture, mix on low until just combined.  Mix in oats and carrots.  Chill dough for at least 1 hour. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Shape tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheets.  Bake until browned and crisp around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes.  

After cookies have cooled match them up in pairs.  I used a can of cream cheese frosting for the inside.  The original recipe had a part for home made cream cheese filling, which I'm sure is better but this was way easier! 

I store mine in the refrigerator and then eat way to many of them.  

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31 comments:

Casey said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

These look delicious and you look so cute!

I had a cocktail made with cucumber juice once. It was fantastic, and the joke was it was just like a salad.

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Love the color combo of the sweater and belt! So cute!! And, absolutely...vegetables or fruit in a dessert make it healthy :)

Allison said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yummmy. These look great and perfect for spring (I guess because Easter/Rabbits...) Thanks for sharing!

becca said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

love the outfit and these cookies sound yummy

Faith said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Haha that's how I feel too.

Looks good!

And loving your outfit!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I just saw a box of carrot cake cookies yesterday while at some store and thought those look yummy but I bet your homemade recipe would be ten times better! And I agree it totally counts as a veggie.

Brittany said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

YUM! Those look amazing! Need to make them soon.

Also need to hit up Target and try to find that cardi...love it! Love the belt accentuating your sweet bump, too :)

Carly said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

YUM, this looks amazing! And I love that cardigan, need to check my Target for one! Hope you have a great Monday!

Carly
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Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Love the polka dots!

xx
Kelly
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Niki Caron said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You just made my day! Two of my favorite desserts rolled into one!!! I can't wait to try these!

Kristin said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I've been eyeing up that sweater waiting for it to get cheaper. Looks great with the yellow belt!

And those cookies. Yum.

Nicole @ Haute Runner said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Cute outfit! Is that skirt maternity?

Those cookies look so good! I must make them!

Joyce said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Your polka dot cardi is sooo cute! I've only ever had carrot cake but these carrot cookies look delicious. YUM!

Brianne Bracco said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I need to make these cookies ASAP! I love carrot cake anything! Thanks for the recipe :)

Treasure Tromp said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

totally healthy!

Annie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Katie....ohmygoodness...I'm literally drooling...these look sososo amazing :) And I totally agree...anything with carrots in it HAS to be healthy!

Annie
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Annie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Katie....ohmygoodness...I'm literally drooling...these look sososo amazing :) And I totally agree...anything with carrots in it HAS to be healthy!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Helene said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

sounds healthy enough to me! haha looks delicious!

Alexa said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

These look delicious and you look too cute!

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Lauren said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Such a great recipe Katie, those look super yummy, thanks for sharing xo

vogueandheels.com said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You look great! That cardigan is gorgeous, especially the colors! Those cookies look delicious. I can't wait to make them (hopefully they come out good and look as good as yours)

-Vogue&Heels
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Always Maylee said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You are adorable! And I totally agree about the fruit/veggies in foods means it's healthy. For example, cheesecake with strawberries = healthy. :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Adrienne Clark said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

$6 dollars?! Yes, Please!! Those carrot cake cookies look soooo amazing!!
You look so gorgeous!
Adrienne

bestrong said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

nice post :)
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TheTinyHeart said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Such a cute polka dot cardi! I like to keep my veggies/fruits out of my desserts haha.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

smk053078 said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Holy moly...I wanna reach through the screen and gobble these up! Carrot cake anything is a win in my book. Thanks for sharing!

Kayla Janachovsky said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Cute outfit! I'd love if you'd link up to My Style Monday! http://fashionsgreatesthits.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-style-monday_8.html

Hima said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Love the belt!
I think I actually drooled when you posted them on Instagram. They look SO good. I rationalize unhealthy foods by thinking about the healthy parts of them too!

The Domestic Sweetheart said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

you look fabulous and those cookies (so cool never thought) look just divine!!

Susannah said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Haha! I agree! Anything with veggies is automatically healthy. ;-) I have that same cardigan too! I love the polka dots! :-)

Denise said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yummy.