Carrot Cake Cookies with Pineapple Cream Cheese Filling

I think I’m done with carrot cake cookies. Really. This is the last batch and then I’m moving on!

Unlike the other carrot cookies which were borderline wholesome and could pass for breakfast, this version is 100% dessert. The recipe was posted on a bulletin board called Mouse Buzz where Disney Vacation Club members chat about all things Disney. A few people mentioned the elusive carrot cake cookies sold at Writers’ Stop and Goofy’s Candy Cauldron and one person who’d actually tried the Disney cookie went home and cloned them. This is her recipe, with a few more changes added by me.

Update:  After visiting Disney, I finally got to try their carrot cake cookies.  These were actually nothing like them!  Disney’s were flat (delicious!), but flatter and denser.  However, over the years I’ve gotten used to these puffier, cakey ones, so this is still my go-to recipe.  The ones from Bon Appetit are good, too.

 

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

 

Carrot Cake Cookies with Pineapple Cream Cheese Filling
 
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Carrot Cake Cookies with Pineapple Cream Cheese Filling
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots, squeezed dry
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Chopped pecans
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces butter, room temp
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more if desired)
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained and pressed dry
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with foil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with sugar until creamy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then stir in carrots and raisins.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon) together, then add them to the creamed mixture, stirring just until mixed.
  4. Drop by rounded spoonfuls (if you have a medium cookie scoop, it works well) on to the sheets. Sprinkle pecans over half of the cookies.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets for a while. When completely cool, sandwich 2 cookies together with the cream cheese filling. Use a pecan topped cookie for the top cookie.
  6. Beat the cream cheese, gradually adding the butter. Beat until smooth. Sift in sugar. Beat well. Add pineapple and vanilla. Rub cream cheese frosting over the bottom of half of the cookies and use the remaining cookies to top the sandwiches.

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  1. Erin says

    Can you tell me what icing sugar is and where you purchase it? The recipe looks wonderful. Thank you!

  2. says

    Look delicious! Just wondering, what have you been doing with all these carrot cake cookies? You must have quite a stock right now…wanna send some my way? :)

  3. says

    Sharon, I just gave the rest of these to my friend next door.

    Erin, icing sugar is just another name for powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar). I think the lady who posted the recipe is Canadian and I believe “icing sugar” is a term used in the UK and Canada.

  4. says

    These look really yummy!
    When I made the low fat carrot cookies, I spread 1 t. cream cheese on the top of one. Not the same, but still was good in it’s own healthful way.

    And darn it, Anna, I told you I made the Rocky Ledge Bars and that I wasn’t going to “splurge”. I did taste them and they are GOOD. It will be hard to resist them. I’ve only cut half the pan and will promptly be putting the rest in the freezer or giving them away. YUM-O!
    By the way, I used some marshmallows that have sit for a bit in the cupboard and weren’t perfectly soft. They toasted nicely and worked fine. I also just cleaned out the chips cupboard and used semi-sweet chips, white chocolate chips, some choc-caramel swirl chips (my husband hates butterscotch and I want him to eat lots of these–so I don’t). I also had some Heath toffee bits and put in about 1/2 cup of those and some of the caramel bits. They all worked great. Only thing I thought was that walnuts or pecans would make these bars even better. I will NOT eat any more of these! ; )

  5. Therese says

    Once again I wish for my hand to reach in and have one right now! Ouch…all I did was hurt my hand.

    These look sooooooo good!!

    A great Easter/or Spring treat!!

  6. Mel says

    These are on my list of cookies to bake. To be honest, I’ve never had carrot cake. There’s secretly still a little bit of the 8 year old inside on me who would never touch a vegetable, especially in a baked good.

    But I would pretty much only eat chicken tenders and straight up chocolate chip cookies, so at least I’m improving. It’s been a hard process.

    -Mel

  7. Karen says

    Hi Anna and all, Total change of subject except that it is related to a sandwich cookie.
    I’m going to the daughter’s house for the weekend and wanted to try something different plus was trying to clean out the fridge a little bit… My hubby and the dau. love apple pie type stuff. Me-not so much.
    Found this recipe on line, here is the original recipe link:
    http://www.grouprecipes.com/17018/very-old-cream-cheese-filled-apple cookie-recipe-from-my-aunt-barbara.html (quite the name.)
    I made the cookie exactly as written, the one comment on the website was that the cookie turned out soft and mushy. Uh, yeah, I think it was a typo on the oven temp. I changed it to 350 deg. and baked the cookies for 12-14 min. That made more of a crispy/chewy cookie that made sense for a sandwich cookie. The cookies themselves are very tasty (a brown sugar type sugar cookie). Oh and the recipe said to make the cookies marble-sized balls. As a mid-westerner we don’t do small cookies, ha. I made them walnut sized. Don’t go any bigger, they spread out. Here’s were I changed things around–with the filling.
    I couldn’t find my applebutter (well-hidden in the freezer) so I used home canned apple pie filling. Pureed that in the food processor and had a half cup apple stuff, 1/8 c. sugar, 8 oz. cream cheese. The cookie seemed quite sweet all alone so I figured I wouldn’t need too much in the filling since the apple pie filling was quite sweet. I think it is fine. I added the extra 1/4 c. pie filling cause I wanted a stronger apple taste after I did the original taste test. Be sure to use plenty of filling though for the cookies.
    Now the serving size-I ended up with 64 single cookies. I can’t imagine how they are only serving 15 in the original recipe. I liked this well enough I plan to make it again. We’ll see what the taste testers have to say about it this weekend.

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