Monday, September 26, 2011

Carrot Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

I love baking. Absolutely love it. I am usually very dependent on finding recipes and following them closely when I bake. Baking isn't quite like cooking where you can just adjust as you go. There is an exactness to it that always made me nervous to not follow a recipe. This time around I made my own recipe. I feel that I have been baking long enough to know the general idea of what is needed depending on what you're baking. So, here's what I decided to put together and share with you. 

Cookie Ingredients
unsalted butter
white sugar
brown sugar
vanilla extract
unbleached all purpose flour
baking powder

Icing Ingredients (not pictured)
cream cheese
powdered sugar

Grate your carrots until you have one cup. Set this to the side. 

Sift together your dry ingredients. I don't have an actual sifter, so I just use a small colander. Eh, it gets the job done.  
What you'll need for the dry ingredients is 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Once you've sifted these ingredients together then you can set them to the side. 

You'll need 1 stick (1/2 cup) of softened unsalted butter. Cube this up into a large mixing bowl. 

Add in 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar. 

Use a mixer to blend this together for about 2 minutes. It will almost look dough-like at this point. 

Add one egg and 1 tsp vanilla to your sugar mixture. 

Using your mixer, blend until all the ingredients look well combined (about another minute). 

Slowly add your dry ingredients into your wet mixture. Add about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition of dry ingredients. 

Mix together until you've added all of your dry ingredients and you form a dough. 

Toss in your 1 cup of grated carrots. 

Fold your carrots into your dough using a spatula. You'll notice that this will moisten your dough quite a bit, which is fine. If you think it is too moist, you can always add some more flour. 

Drop small balls of dough onto your cooking sheet, keeping plenty of space in between each ball.
Put these into an oven set to 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes. 

These are a soft cookie, so don't panic if they have a little give to them when taking them fresh out of the oven. This recipe should make approximately 30 cookies. Line them on a cooling rack and let them cool completely. While they cool, you can start your icing!

You'll need 8 oz. of cream cheese. Cube this into a bowl. 

Slowly add in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time, mixing in between each addition. Add until you have reached 2 cups of powdered sugar total. 

Then add 2 tsp cinnamon and mix using your blender until combined completely. 

Then you'll have your icing! This is somewhat gooey at first, but it sets up nicely after being on the cookies for about 30 minutes to an hour. 

Putting together your own baking recipe is incredibly scary, but it's so awesome when it actually comes together. These cookies were delicious. The cookie itself is a soft cake-like cookie. The icing has just enough cinnamon to give the whole thing an awesome flavor. Enjoy!

Until next time.


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