Recipe of carrot cake cookies
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup sugar (can be reduced as per your taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups finely grated carrots (about 4 medium-sized carrots)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
Recipe for cream cheese frosting:
- 8 oz package of softened cream cheese (do not use whipped or low-fat cream cheese, because these types do not work well in the recipe. Only use regular full fat type.)
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp milk (optional)
Directions to make carrot cake cookies;
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a mixing bowl, add in the eggs and sugar and mix until combined before slowly adding in the vanilla extract, vegetable oil, and salt
3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt before adding that into the wet ingredients as well along with the grated carrots and walnuts/raisins if you are using them.
4. Spoon out 12 even-sized portions of batter onto your lined baking sheet about an inch apart from each other because they will spread out quite a bit.
5. Bake for about 14 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges.
6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on wire racks before frosting with cream cheese frosting (recipe above).
Directions to make cream cheese frosting:
1. Beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer for about 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy before gradually adding in the rest of the ingredients (except milk) one at a time, beating well after each addition.
2. Add milk if needed to thin out the mixture but not too much because it will thin out too much once you pipe onto your cookies then decorate as desired! Enjoy!
Nutritional value of carrot cake cookies:
1. Carrot is rich in Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, dietary fiber, potassium which help maintain healthy eyes, skin, bones, and teeth. Vitamin A also protects your eyes from infections while beta carotene protects you from heart diseases, cataracts & bad vision.
2. Potassium helps in avoiding stress by regulating blood pressure.
3. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which prevent you from catching a cold.
4. It controls diabetes problems because it contains a root called ‘glucomannan’ that reduces insulin levels in diabetic patients.
5. The antioxidants present in this vitamin helps to fight cancer cells.
6. Carrots are used as a home remedy for the treatment of snoring problems. To get rid of snoring mix two spoons of juice of raw carrots with a glass of warm milk and drink it before going to bed.
7. It helps in the digestive system & prevents stomach infection.
8. Carrots are good for the skin because they contain an element called ‘beta carotene which is essential for glowing skin.
9. Diets rich in Vitamin A, C, E, fiber lower the risk for breast cancer.
10. The dietary fibers help to reduce cholesterol levels.