Carrot-Shaped Cake Cookies
12 to 18 large cookies
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- orange and green food coloring
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl; gradually add to sugar mixture. Stir in carrots.
Place cookie batter into a large pastry bag; cut a 1/2-inch opening at the tip. Directly onto prepared pans, pipe out a carrot shape by starting wide at the top of the carrot, gradually decreasing pressure and ending narrow to form a point. Cookies should be about 4 inches long, piped 2 inches apart.
Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool completely on cookie sheet.
To Decorate: Make Cream Cheese Frosting as directed. Remove about 1/3 of frosting into a separate small bowl. Add 2 to 4 drops orange food coloring to larger portion of frosting; mix until well combined. Repeat with green food coloring for smaller portion of frosting. Place orange frosting in a pastry bag, fitted with an open circle tip. Place green frosting in a separate pastry bag, fitted with a leaf tip.
Pipe orange frosting onto cookies, starting 1 inch down from the top, going side-to-side to cover completely, down to the tip of the carrot. With green pastry bag, pipe green leaves in a bottom-to-top motion, forming small 1-inch leaves, covering the top of cookie.
Store cookies in refrigerator in an airtight container. Do not layer cookies when storing.
To easily make 2 cups of grated carrots, use pre-cut baby carrots and finely chop them in a food processor. Use about 2/3 of a 1 lb. bag of baby carrots to get 2 cups of grated carrots.
Find the recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting below.