Confession: I hate carrot cake—HATE it. But I love these cookies so much that I could eat a whole plate of them in one sitting- they are so moist and flavorful– and they use a cake mix which makes them really easy to make!
- 1 box of Betty Crocker Carrot Cake Mix
- 12 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (divided)
- 1/4c. margarine (plus an additional 2 tbsp)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. of coconut extract (divided)
- 1/2c. oatmeal
- 1c. confectioners sugar
- 1/2c. Wilton White Candy Melts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together the 1/4c. margarine and 8 oz. of the cream cheese (the remaining will be used in the frosting).
- Using a mixer, add in the egg and 1/4 tsp. of coconut extract (the remainder will be used in the frosting)
- When the mixture is smooth, slowly add the cake mix until blended (batter will be very heavy)
- Fold in oatmeal until well mixed.
- Using a small cookie scoop, place scoops of batter on an un-greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. About halfway through, pull the cookies out and gently flatten the tops with a finger and return to oven for remainder of time.
- Cool cookies completely on parchment paper.
- Make frosting: cream remaining cream cheese with 2 tbsp. of margarine and 1/4 tsp of coconut extract. Add confectioners sugar to a thick consistency.
- To put together: turn one cookie bottom up, spoon or pipe a little frosting on it and top with another cookie.
- If desired, melt some white chocolate and drizzle it over the top of the cookies.
- Makes about 24 cookies.
My thoughts: Mmmmm….I want to have some of these cookies now! I am on a baking freeze because of a kitchen remodel, so I am pulling some recipes from the archives. This recipe was inspired by my friend and coworker Tammy. Her daughter requested carrot cake cookies for a bridal shower, and Tammy (an amazing baker!) created cookies very similar to this. I rethought them a little and added coconut for a recipe contest on Real Women of Philadelphia (RWOP). Whenever I make them people ask for the recipe. They are a little time-consuming, but SO worth the extra time in the kitchen!! I hope you love them!! r-
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