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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

2016 March 16
by Emily Hill

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These carrot cake sandwich cookies combine a decadent cake mix cookie with a delicious homemade cream cheese frosting for the perfect handheld dessert!

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies -- decadent, chewy carrot cake cookies with a creamy cream cheese filling. The perfect handheld dessert, especially during carrot cake season!

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Though I generally bake homemade cookies from scratch, a few of my favorite cookie recipes are cake mix cookies—strawberry chocolate chip, orange creamsicle and lemon cookies with lemon glaze.

I’m not sure why they’re all fruity cookies when I’m a chocoholic; I feel like I need to remedy the situation and soon.

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies -- decadent, chewy carrot cake cookies with a creamy cream cheese filling. The perfect handheld dessert, especially during carrot cake season!

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When I saw a box of Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake Mix on the store shelves and noticed a recipe for carrot cake cookies on the side, I thought of a classic carrot cake with its also decadent cream cheese frosting and knew I had to pair the two for carrot cake sandwich cookies.

I’m so very glad I did.

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies -- decadent, chewy carrot cake cookies with a creamy cream cheese filling. The perfect handheld dessert, especially during carrot cake season!

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The cookies in these carrot cake sandwich cookies may taste like a mix between spice cake and carrot cake, but it doesn’t matter. That creamy homemade cream cheese frosting brings the cookies together in a pretty perfect way. I mean, we did manage to finish them off in less than 24 hours…

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies -- decadent, chewy carrot cake cookies with a creamy cream cheese filling. The perfect handheld dessert, especially during carrot cake season!

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When making sandwich cookies, I always use my trusted medium scoop for the dough so I have relatively equal cookies in shape and size. You could always use a small scoop and make bite-size carrot cake sandwich cookies, but that’s just more work baking and frosting. I’m too lazy for that.

Printable recipe for carrot cake sandwich cookies below. Enjoy!
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Easy Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
 
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Easy carrot cake sandwich cookies make the perfect Easter treat! Makes about 2 dozen sandwich cookies (4 dozen regular cookies).
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Decadent Carrot Cake Mix
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup raisins (optional but not optional if you love raisins)
Frosting
  • 4 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 T milk
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. Open carrot and raisins pouch and add to 1¼ cups HOT tap water; let stand about 5 minutes.
  3. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add cake mix, eggs, oats, nuts and soaked carrot and raisin mixture (including any unabsorbed water). Beat until just combined.
  4. Spoon heaping tablespoons of batter onto cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until set.
  5. Allow to cool at least 2 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until thoroughly combined. Add milk until desired consistency. You want it spreadable but not too thin!
  2. Spread desired amount of frosting onto bottom of one cookie; top with second cookie. Store in an airtight container.

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Here are those other cake mix cookies I mentioned earlier. The lemon ones are my favorite!
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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies -- only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes and you have the perfect last minute Valentines Day dessert!


Strawberry chocolate chip cake mix cookies

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies - these cookies melt in your mouth and the optional white chocolate chips take them over the top!


Orange creamsicle cookies

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Easy Lemon Cookies with Lemon Glaze -- these cookies use lemon cake mix and lemon pudding and not much else to make a super delicious dessert!


Easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze

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If you’re looking for more yummy cookies, you should browse my desserts {cookies} Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board desserts {cookies} on Pinterest.

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