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Carrot and Ginger Whoopie Pies

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It’s time for another episode of the Improv Challenge…hosted by our wonderful blogger friend, Kristen, of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. February’s assigned ingredients were Carrots and Ginger. The first thing that came to mind was carrot cake whoopie pies. My whoopie pie tin had been gathering dust and it was definitely time to attempt a new version. A non-chocolate dessert doesn’t get many accolades from the guys in the family…so these will be stored in the freezer for me and Katie to snack on when we get an urge….and shared with my friends. I don’t mind hoarding these for myself!  They were wonderful. I left out the coconut, but that and nuts can certainly be added, depending on your preference.

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies…adapted from Whoopie Pies

1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional

Cream Cheese Filling:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt to combine.  Set aside.

Cream butter and sugars in a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment till light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix till combined, scraping down sides as needed.  Mix in dry ingredients and mix till just combined.  Add carrots and coconut if using.  Chill batter at least one hour.

Using cookie disher, scoop out about 2 tablespoons of batter onto baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.  Bake 20 minutes or till cakes spring back when gently touched.  Cool on pan 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Make filling by creaming together butter and cream cheese.  Sift in the powdered sugar and continue beating till light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

To assemble, spread filling onto flat side of one cake.  Top it with another, flat side down.  Repeat with other cakes.  May also use pastry bag to pipe filling.

Makes about 15.


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70 comments on “Carrot and Ginger Whoopie Pies”

  1. Mmm ginger is one of my favorite cookie flavors. (I love how you snuck a little carrot in these!) They are the perfect size for some indulgent snacking…

  2. This is a whoopie pie I could really sink my teeth into!

  3. These are adorable! And how fun to see carrot-ginger combo in a dessert, nice!

  4. What a perfect combo of carrot and ginger and then the yummy spread of cheese inside.

  5. oh, what fun! and healthier than most cookies, I’d wager!

  6. I love that these were the FIRST thing that came to your mind! I totally would’ve thought carrot cake – you’re much more creative 🙂 Love these!

  7. I absolutely love this recipe! Carrot and ginger together are a superb combination. In fact, I had a carrot ginger muffin this morning and was in heaven. Yum yum triple yum!

  8. What a terrific combo, you girls are so creative!

  9. These look fantastic. So soft and chewy with a delicious filling.

  10. Oh! We’re twins, almost… (except for you’re a skinny cook, & I am not!)
    I really loved my sandwich cookies, but alas, my guys did not — so I’ll probably never make them again.
    I liked that you added a touch of coconut to your recipe. That would add another layer of texture & flavor. mmmmmmmmmm!

  11. Until now I have thought carrot cake was the only carrot sweet dish that existed! These pies look excellent! I must try them before the carrots become “passé”.

  12. Oooo, I am going to have to try making these with Splenda so that my husband can eat some. He is an absolute fiend when it comes to anything carrot cake. Then I need to make them the right way to hide away for myself hehe

  13. I tend to prefer the non-chocolate desserts so I would be happy hoarding these for myself too.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

    Cook Lisa Cook

  14. I LOVE THAT FLAVOR COMBINATION!! I’ve never had it in a dessert and wow. your photos make me really wanna try it! 😀

  15. I knew you’d come up with some wonderfully sweet concoction with carrot and ginger! Great creation!

  16. Very creative work on this challenge. Not only do I love the size of these, but I am sure they taste fabulous! Have a great day Liz!

  17. Hi Lizzy,
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  18. A huge slice of carrot cake can be daunting, but in cookie size? Hello perfection!

  19. Your cookies look amazing! I love carrot cake and your little sandwiches look perfect to satisfy the carrot cake craving!! Going to book mark this. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!

  20. A perfect recipe to break out the whoopie tin. These look great: carrot and ginger is a perfect match.

  21. Everyone loves whoopee pies and the carrot and ginger bring them over the top.

  22. A semi-carrot cake whoopie pie. I am noting this because I’ve never had a whoopie pie (shhh) but now it may be in my future. Love the combination of carrot and ginger.

  23. I love ginger cookies too and combined with coconut sound every better. These whoopie pies look terrific!

  24. Gasp! You left out the coconut!?! 🙂 Teasing, of course, I just love coconut so much. These do look wonderful though. I have yet to make whoopie pies, but I do love eating them!

  25. Carrot and ginger and cream filling? Love it.

  26. Yum! Liz these look amazing! Thanks for stopping by my Carrot Cake ICe Cream!

  27. wow ginger cookies..i love ginger recipe

  28. These look great Lizzy! I love that you can see the carrot peeking through. The carrot with cream cheese filling must be amazing…mmm. I need to get a whoopie pie pan, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen one before!

  29. Carrot cake ANYTHING is my favorite!!

  30. Hi Lizzy, all look amazing and your whoopies sooo good!

  31. Whoopie Pies! What a GREAT idea! I didn’t enter this month’s Improv challenge – but whoopie pies were not what I thought of when I saw veggies! BRAVO, Liz!

  32. Whoopie pies are one of the next things on mu list of things I want to try baking… maybe these will be my first! They look delicious!

  33. wow these are super rich in flavor and wish I had some of these right now!!!

  34. my google reader is crazy, I had different titles from what you posted, this looks fabulous!

  35. I’m not usually a big fan of ginger, but I think I would like it in a dessert as delicious-looking as these whoopies!

  36. Congrats by your post N° 500 dear Lizzy!!

  37. Aw, thanks, Gloria!!! xo

  38. How could anyone resist carrot whoopie pies? Yours look awesome!

  39. those look so yummy!

  40. Lizzy, these are so cute! I love how you can see little bits of carrot peeking through the tops of the cookies 🙂 I probably would add the coconut cause I love the flavor…

  41. What beautiful looking whoopies – that’s a word I haven’t heard of before! They look like little cake biscuits. I’m sure they didn’t last long – they look too delicious.

  42. Love your whoopie pies! Incredible! Gotto go through some of those linked up recipes. They look wonderful!

  43. Liz,
    these are so beautiful and I am so impressed with your creativity! Nice job!

  44. Beautiful presentation, delicious recipe – I say well done, Lizzy!

  45. i would not mind hoarding these at all. let me know if you ran out of space in your freezer, there’s plenty in mine 🙂

  46. I’ve never had a whoopee pie before. maybe it’s time I change that.

  47. One of the cutest and loveliest whoopie pies I have seen!

  48. Oh Lizzy, how very sweet!

  49. These are so cute…carrot and ginger goes amazingly well together…:-)

  50. Yummy yummy yummy!! This looks so amazing. I love that you used something different in your whoopie pies. I LOVE carrots!

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