I am a few week’s late to the party but I did make the Inside-out carrot cake cookies (or as someone in my house called them “carrot cake whoopie pies”) last week. These were relatively easy to make and jammed pack with good stuff like golden raisins, walnuts, and of course, carrots. The batter/dough was delicious. The cookies had much more of a cake texture than a cookie texture. I found that they spread more than I expected them to, so next time I make them I will definitely make them smaller to have more petite cookie sandwiches. My husband loved the honey-sweetened cream cheese filling.
Kate made a lovely PDF of the recipe that you can find here.
Inside-Out Carrot Cake Cookies (from Gourmet April 2004)
- 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup coarsely grated carrots (2 medium)
- 1 scant cup walnuts (3 ounces), chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins (2 1/2 ounces)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup honey
- Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375°F. Butter 2 baking sheets.
- Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- Beat together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in carrots, nuts, and raisins at low speed, then add flour mixture and beat until just combined.
- Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons batter per cookie 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are lightly browned and springy to the touch, 12 to 16 minutes total. Cool cookies on sheets on racks 1 minute, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.
- While cookies are baking, blend cream cheese and honey in a food processor until smooth.
- Sandwich flat sides of cookies together with a generous tablespoon of cream cheese filling in between.