Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

These Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies have all of the flavours you know and love from a classic cake but in cookie form. They are so soft and delicious!

Why Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies?

Carrot Cake is one of my favourite classic cakes. I have a few versions on my blog like my Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and my Gluten Free Carrot Sheet Cake. So why not put these delicious flavours into a cookie?!

These Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies were one of the first recipes on my blog back in 2014. My blog, and recipes have come on a long way since then! This was a recipe that not only needed new photos, but completely changing the recipe. The only element that has stayed the same really is the name! Everything else has been tweaked to a recipe I am much happier with. 

Tips for making these Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

For any baking using carrot, I prefer to use a food processor to grate the carrot if possible. I think using a food processor gives you drier grated carrot which I prefer when baking. If you don’t have one don’t panic, you can still make this recipe! Just use a course grated and squeeze out any excess water from the grated carrots before adding it to the cake mix. 

When dividing up the mix into balls, I like to try and make them as similar in size as possible. I do this for all cookies, but it is more important for sandwich cookies. This is because it makes it easier to make a top and bottom cookie when all of the cookies are similar. If you dolloped spoonfuls of mix onto the baking tray without taking much care you could end up with cookies of all different sizes which would make slightly uneven looking sandwich cookies!

I measure out my cookie mix by using the smallest ice cream scoop I own. This is my standard cookie sized ice cream scoop. If you don’t have one of these, I would recommend using a tablespoon measure to try and get them as similar in size as you can. 

 

Do you prefer soft or crisp cookies?

This Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookie recipe makes deliciously soft cookies as they are how I like my cookies. When you take them out of the oven they will still be quite soft on top if you touch them. Make sure you leave them on the baking trays to cool for at least 15 minutes or you might find some of the cookie gets stuck to the lining. 

If you do prefer a crisper cookie, make them for 2-3 minutes longer so they are slightly crisper. 

How long do these Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies keep for?

Once filled, these cookies are best eaten the same day. This is because baked goods with cream cheese have to be stored in the fridge. You can keep them at room temperature for up to two hours, but after that for food safety reasons they need to be kept in the fridge. When the filled cookies have been in the fridge for a while, they start to become softer. They still taste delicious but the texture does change slightly. 

If you want to make these cookies in advance, bake them and store the in an air tight container for up to two days. Then when you want to serve them, fill them with the cream cheese frosting. This way you won’t have to worry about them becoming soft. You can also make the cream cheese filling 2 days in advance and keep this in the fridge. It will become harder when in the fridge so you will need to soften it up by giving it a brisk stir before piping. 

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

These Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies have all of the flavours you know and love from a classic cake but in cookie form. They are so soft and delicious!

Course Snack, Cookie
Cuisine American
Keyword Cream Cheese, Cookies, Carrot Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 250 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 125 g margarine
  • 100 g dark brown sugar
  • 125 g light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100 g grated carrot

For the filling

  • 60 g unsalted butter softened
  • 60 g full fat cream cheese
  • 140 g icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan assisted, 200°C non fan) and line three baking sheets with a silicon liner or baking paper. Set aside

  2. In the bowl of your mixer, beat together the margarine and sugars for a few minutes until paler and creamy

  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat again

  4. Add the flour, salt and cinnamon beat again until just combined

  5. Tip in grated carrot and mix again

  6. Scoop tablespoon sized balls of mix onto the prepared baking trays making sure you leave enough space for the cookies to spread when baking

  7. Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. They will still feel soft on top

  8. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking trays for around 15 minutes until they have firmed up slightly. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely

  9. Once the cookies have cooled completely, make the cream cheese filling. Start by beating the softened butter until smooth

  10. Add the cream cheese and icing sugar to the bowl and beat until smooth. Add the cream cheese filling to a piping bag with a large round nozzle

  11. Match each cookie with another similar cookie and turn one half of each cookie pair upside down

  12. Pipe the filling into the middle of each of the upside down cookies making sure you leave a gap around the edge

  13. Add the top cookie onto the cookie with filling and gently squeeze until the filling reaches the edges of the cookie

Recipe Notes

Once filled, these cookies are best eaten on the day they are made as they become softer after being in the fridge overnight. You can store them unfilled for 2 days in an air tight container. 

Baked goods with cream cheese can be kept out for 2 hours and then must be stored in the fridge.

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 84mg4%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 398IU8%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

    1. cat Post author

      Thanks! They’re something a bit different I thought 🙂
      Oh fantastic! Me too! So many different bread recipes to pick from! x

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