Taste: Mildly carrot, mostly cinnamon and nutty flavors shine through. The cream cheese frosting is wonderfully tangy.
Texture: The cakes are moist, soft, with some crunch from the walnuts.
Ease: These drop scones are much quicker to get in the oven than traditional roll-and-cut scones.
Appearance: I love how the two fluffy cakes squeeze the cream cheese frosting out the sides slightly. Just makes you want a bite!
Pros: Perfect for a party or picnic.
Cons: None, except maybe for the Paula Deen-esque amount of butter.
Would I make this again? Yes, but with shredded zucchini next time!
Carrot Cake Sandwiches
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living March 2011
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Coarse salt
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup finely grated carrot
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (see how to toast walnuts here)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flours, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into a bowl. Beat 1 stick butter and the sugars until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Beat flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix in carrot, oats, and walnuts. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
- Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop (about 2 tablespoons), drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden, about 17 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
- Beat together remaining 1/2 stick butter, the cream cheese, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon filling onto the flat side of 1 cookie, and sandwich with another cookie. Repeat with remaining filling and cookies. Unfilled cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.