Thank you for the matchstick idea! Worked great.
Can the cookie be made ahead (without the frosting) + what would be the best way to store it ?
I have not made them yet, so giving it a 4 star.
Made these for dessert for Easter and everyone loved them. As everyone else said I only got about 20 cookies but not a bug deal to me. Flavor was great, loved tne orange zest, this is a keeper!
We love carrot cake like crazy, and these were a huge disappointment. I had no problem getting the required number of cookies, as others have stated, but they tasted nothing like carrot cake. Nothing. The orange zest overpowered any carrot or spice flavor.
Really a success. Same problem with number of cookies as others have stated. May try making them smaller by making them flatter. Question: by evening some of the strips of carrot on top of cookies had turned a lovely green. Chemical reaction? Anyone else? The outside is a little tacky (sticky) making them hard to store. Just eat them - delicious!
I love carrot cake and thought these were so cute I had to make them. The result was fine- nothing I got super-excited about, but they were relatively easy to make so may try it again. My experience with the recipe- it does make fewer than 28 cookies- we ended up with 22 cookies and were very careful w/ the tablespoon measurement. The icing in between cookies was a little bland- I would consider adding a few nuts (of course adds calories) or pineapple to give it more interest. I stored these in the refrigerator and they got pretty soggy after a day, so would recommend making them and eating the same day.
I made these for my husband's b-day b/c carrot cake is his favorite. He loves Trader Joe's carrot cake sandwich cookies and he likes my version better now! I was able to get the right amount of cookies, I used a scant T and portioned them all out on the sheets and adjusted the sizes so they were equal. Not too hard to make and a big crowd pleaser in my family.
I made these for Easter and they were fantastic. I love carrot cake and am very particular, and these were delicious. Will definitely make again.
Like some other reviewers I didn't get nearly as many cookies as the recipe says it makes, and I did measure with a tablespoon. I only got 18 cookies. Still, the flavor is good, and it's a cute idea.
My biggest issue with this recipe is that it makes so few. I followed the directions exactly - I even used an actual tablespoon to drop the cookies onto the pan so I didn't make them too big, and I only got enough for 16 cookies, so 8 sandwiches. There's a note in the magazine that says if you want to double the batch, you should start over instead of adding twice as much of everything. Honestly, that's a lot of work. On top of that, I noticed the batter only called for a little bit of cinnamon, but carrot cakes I love are heavily spiced, so I added a little grated ginger, some nutmeg, and a hint of allspice. They smell just like the carrot cake I'd want to eat. So I think the idea is there, but the recipe needs to be offered on a larger scale to make it worth the effort.
These taste so good. They took a long time to make but were well worth it. Grating the carrots took the longest time. My only advice would be to add more icing then they say to each sandwich. I had a lot of it leftover.
Made these the first time for colleague birthday celebration. After awhile he jokingly asked that I head back to my classroom and pick up the other batch! Made my second round of the recipe today, double batch for Easter! Yum. Love the orange rind and the frosting is amazing. Had no idea that there was so much juice to come out of the carrots in the straining process, cool!
I am a teacher and made these for my students before a big state achievement test. My husband who is always the taste tester loved them and wanted more, but I had to say no, because I had made just enough. If you make 1 portion of this recipe you will only get about 14 sandwich cookies. I tripled it, so that I would have enough for my students. I felt that the cookies came out great. The entire process is a little time consuming, but homemade items for the most part taste better. To get the correct portion, I used a melon scooper to put the dough onto the cookie sheets. I plan to tweak the recipe a little and perhaps add some nutmeg and maybe more zest to make the cookie a little more flavorful. Yes, carrot cake cupcakes may be better, but if you are making something to take to the office these are easier to transport.
Tried these on my family and they didn't care for. They would rather have carrot cake made into cupcakes and with a different recipe.
Everyone in my family loved them. I didn't soak the carrots in sugar and didn't add the orange zest and accidentally put 1/4 cup butter into the batter...they were a little on the soft side (not sure if it was the carrot moisture or extra 2 tablespoons of butter). They tasted just like carrot cake. Fun to eat out of your hand. Will make again. I got 24 cookies which made 12 sandwiches.
I made these last night for a group that was meeting in my home. They loved them!! I thought they were slightly heavy on the orange zest, but I was the only one who felt that way. It's a matter of personal preference. Worth making again.
We loved these. I made them for a shower and everyone loved them as well. I even made them GF, and everyone still loved them. I made them the night before, stuck them in the freezer, and pulled them out before the shower. Perfect. I doubled the recipe, let the carrot liquid drain for at least the 10 minutes specified, and dolled out the dough using an actual tablespoon. I only got 11-12 sandwiches, but oh well. And use parchment paper!!! Delicious :)
I will make these again! I shredded my own carrots using a smaller shred which ended up perfect in the cookies. I followed the recipe and ended up with 24 cookies. I dropped just less than (an even) tbsp. The cookies were nice and moist and the frosting was just the right amount.
Pretty tasty, but a few thoughts... 1)If you use matchstick carrots from the grocery store, cut or chop them into much smaller pieces. I didn't and some of my cookies look like spiders! 2)Despite using what seemed like a small amount for each one, I only got 20 cookies, not 28. 3) The dough was pretty dry..not sure why 4) not sure I like the flavor that the orange zest adds to it. 5) Way too much icing leftover. Should half it.
The cookies were moist like carrot cake, and the cream cheese frosting was divine! Peeling and grating the carrots was a little time consuming though. My food processor is broken otherwise I would have used it to shred the carrots. I plan to make these cookies again sometime; they were delicious!
I used pre-cut matchstick carrots and chopped them further. Cookies were great! Will definitely make again.
Saw this as soon as the magazine arrived today and had to make it right away. I followed the recipe exactly and the result was FANTASTIC! These are delicious and look just like the photo in the magazine. I wasn't sure how many carrots make up 2 cups; I found a half pound is just right. I only got 23 cookies instead of 28, so next time I'll go with just under a tablespoon per cookie. Can't wait to make another batch.