Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Healthy Oatmeal Carrot Sandwich Cookies

I figured if I bake desserts that are healthier, I can eat more of them. Am I right?
I saw this recipe in an issue of Parents magazine and wanted to give it a try.

Ingredients (slightly adapted by me)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots (about 3 medium-sized carrots)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, sea salt, ginger, and nutmeg.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the oil, sugars, egg, flour mixture, oats, carrots, and raisins.

Make tablespoon balls of dough and place them onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake each sheet for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Remove from the over and let cool.

For filling, mix the cream cheese and maple syrup. Spread about 1 tablespoon filling on the flat side (bottom) of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches.

The verdict: We felt like the cream filling wasn't sweet enough, but of course, it's supposed to be healthy. If you want a little sweeter filling, I would suggest adding more maple syrup or a little sugar. Or just forget the cream filling because the cookies were really good just dipped in milk!


  1. Yum!!! Those cookies look delicious. I wish you were my neighbor, I would be making excuse to 'return' your mail just in hopes of getting a cookie in return :)

  2. Wow, those look so delicious! How do you think craisins would be in place of raisins?

  3. Oh my word -- these look incredible and I have a whole bunch of carrots just begging for some love in my kitchen!

    Featuring your post on Facebook today!


  4. These look so delicious!


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