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Whoop Whoop

Carrot cake gets a cookie makeover
Talula's Garden

Carrot cake conjures memories of sticky fingers and the inevitable hoarding of cream cheese frosting. So when Claire Twesten, the pastry chef of Philadelphia's new Talula's Garden and its parent restaurant, Talula's Table, began thinking about a cookie plate for the restaurant, she harnessed the flavors of a homespun carrot cake. These tender cookies are packed with carrots, raisins and oats and hold a delicious layer of honey-sweetened cream cheese icing. Twesten serves these double-decker treats with three other cookies (chocolate-caramel-sea-salt bars, almond boterkoek and vanilla crescents), but we prefer ours alongside an extra serving of icing. Some things never change.

Carrot Cake Whoopie Cookies

Recipe adapted from Claire Twesten, Talula's Garden, Philadelphia, PA

Yield: 18 to 24 sandwiches

Cook Time: 25 minute prep time, 6 hour refrigeration time



2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

½ tablespoon crystallized ginger, finely chopped

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1½ cups of peeled and grated carrots (from about 2 to 3 medium carrots)

1 cup raisins, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained


Cream Cheese Icing

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1¼ cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons honey

12 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces, softened


1. Make the cookies: In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar until lightened, about 3 minutes. Slowly add the eggs one at a time, beating the yolk of the first egg until it's incorporated before adding the second egg. Stir in the vanilla.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet, then gently stir in the oats, carrots and raisins. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least six hours or up to overnight.

3. Preheat the oven to 325°. Scoop rounded tablespoons of the dough onto a parchment-lined sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned and set. Remove from the oven and set the cookies aside to cool.

4. Make the icing: In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Slowly beat in the honey and cream cheese until incorporated. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag (or fashion one out of a plastic bag and cut a hole in the corner) and pipe the frosting onto half of the cookies; place the other cookies on top to create sandwiches. Serve immediately or store the cookies and frosting separately for up to 3 days.

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