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Coconut Carrot Cake Cookies!

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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!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

  • 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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About Ruthanne

Ruthanne is a scientist with a passion for baking and food photography. Using her kitchen as a lab, she loves experimenting with a variety of flavors and ingredients to create unique, fun and ultimately tasty delights! Thus she created EasyBaked, a website where sugar and chocolate overflow in fun and easy recipes. Her Motto: Money can’t buy happiness -- but it can buy marshmallows, and that’s nearly the same thing! www.easybaked.net

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