Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

carrot cake

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These Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies are a delightful springtime treat. Try them this weekend and be sure to share the recipe with those you love. Your family and friends will be so glad you did. Happy Baking!

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
 
Yields: 24 sandwich cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups coarsely grated carrot (3 to 4 medium carrots)
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Pineapple Cream Cheese Filling (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line several rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with a mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, allspice, and pepper. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined. Beat in carrot and pecans. Drop 1 1⁄2 tablespoons dough 2 inches apart on prepared pans.
  4. Bake until edges are golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks. Spread Pineapple Cream Cheese Filling onto flat side of half of cookies. Place remaining cookies, flat side down, on top of filling. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Filling
 
Yields: 3½ cups filling
Ingredients
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, well drained and chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Increase mixer speed to high, and beat until fluffy. Stir in pineapple. Always let cookies cool completely before spreading them with filling or drizzling with glaze.

 

 

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