{Recipe Feature} Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

I equate Easter with carrot cake.

I don’t think it is a traditional Easter dessert, but here’s my train of thought: Easter -> Easter bunny -> Who enjoys carrots -> carrot cake.

So, it felt a little weird to make these after Easter. Like eating cranberry sauce in July. But, trust me when I say that these beauties should be enjoyed anytime. I had planned on making a cream cheese glaze, but I liked them so much on their own, I left them naked! I’m scandalous like that. They are spicy, chewy, and delicious!

Carrot Cake Cookies

Makes 30-35 medium sized cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

2. Cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla, mix until well combined. Stir in the carrot, walnuts, and raisins.

3. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, drop balls of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 10-13 minutes.

{Party Feature} First Birthday Owl Theme

Ever since the fad of these cute owl themes, I have been wanting to work on one for a cake.  So when I went on birthday express to see what theme I would be doing for my sons first birthday I was ecstatic to find a cute 1st birthday owl theme.

I had many ideas but I knew that I would be super busy preparing for this party especially with 3 year old twin boys and my soon to be one year old running around. So I kept it simple. Instead of a 3D owl I decided to create the same owl image out of fondant from the theme onto a cake I made.

This is what I used to complete the owl.

  • small balls of brown, yellow and light blue fondant
  • 2oz of white fondant
  • 4oz of light brown fondant
  • medium oval cutter
  • small round piping tool
  • knife/scriber tool
  • cutouts of the owl

Here I cut the owl image from one of the paper plates shown.

After this I double taped the owl image onto the parchment paper.   Using parchment paper underneath the owl image would prevent sticking on the fondant.   Once I rolled out the light brown fondant to a 1/4 inch thickness I placed the owl image over the fondant and used the knife scribing tool to cut/trace around.  I then lay the fondant body of the owl on a separate board with cornstarch underneath to prevent from sticking.  I used the white fondant and oval cutter to cut out the eyes. From the excess of the white fondant and brown fondant I rolled the two together to make a lighter brown fondant for the feathery part of the body. I then placed this on the body of the owl and used the piping tool to make half circles (feathery look).  I finished up the rest of the details for the eyes and added the beak.

Here was the finished product.

Now with my luck, on the day of the party it rained.  I couldn’t believe it.  We had great summer weekends prior to this and of course on my son’s birthday party it had to rain.  So when it stopped raining we quickly set up the table for a quick birthday song before it started raining again.  We have here the cake and cupcakes that I made.

I was too busy to make my own cookies so I ordered these adorable owl cookies from TS Cookies on Etsy.  They came individually wrapped with coordinating ribbons.  I just loved them.

Children theme parties are a lot of fun to do but when it’s your own child it can really make you crazy.  I would definitely do it over and over again.  And I would probably do it indoors just in case it rains.  🙂

~ Karen @ Frosted With Emotion