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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies are created by filling two soft carrot cookies with a generous swirl of cream cheese icing! The soft carrot cake cookies are packed with coconut and pecans, making a delicious whoopie pie, full of texture and flavor.

This whoopie pies recipe makes the perfect sweet treat for spring, or any other time of the year.

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie sitting on a bed of flaked coconut

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Our Sunday Supper theme this week is root vegetables. So instead of roasting parsnips or making a turnip mash (the hubby would revolt, I’m sure!), I chose carrots. I went the carrot cake route with these whoopie pies.

The family did pretty much revolt, though. Katie first asked if I added nuts. Ummm, yeah. The picky hubby doesn’t do nuts, either, and I think coconut is even higher on his dislike list. Our oldest was over for our usual Sunday night family meal and though he was a willing taste tester,  his response was that they “taste like carrot cake.” Period. Well, I guess I would have been disappointed if they didn’t! Not so helpful.

I gave up sweets for Lent, but “some” say that Sunday is a free day. Since I wasn’t getting any usable feedback from the family, I considered it my duty to give them a taste. I was only going to eat half, but I just couldn’t let that poor little remnant go uneaten. I even thought of nibbling on a second until I snapped out of my sugar coma and came to my senses. Carrot cake desserts are very high on my favorites list. These carrot cake whoopie pies were terrific!


2 Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies stacked in a white bowl

Carrot Cake Desserts

When I used to make my own birthday cake, it was always my classic carrot cake. I’ve even made a caramel filled carrot cake and a cheesecake stuffed carrot cake.  I have a bit of an obsession with this dessert. So the fact, that my family isn’t so on board doesn’t bother me in the least.

I parked the carrot cake whoopie pies into the freezer and they’ll help alleviate any cravings I’ll have once Lent is over. I love that the carrot cake whoopie pies provide some portion control, as my normal strong willpower flies out the door when a carrot cake dessert enters the room. But if savory root veggies are more your style, scroll down to see all the fabulous recipes from my Sunday Supper friends.

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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies - All the magnificent flavors of carrot cake in these fabulous whoopie pies

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

All the spectacular flavors of carrot cake in whoopie pie form!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 18-24 whoopie pies
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies

Ingredients

For cookies:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups grated carrots (2-3 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup chopped, roasted pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt and set aside.
  3. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and both sugars until light. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Add the eggs and the vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in the flour mixture just until combined, then add the carrots, nuts and coconut. Chill the batter for an hour before scooping.
  4. Using a medium cookie disher, drop about 2 tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes each or until the cakes spring back when pressed with a finger. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely before filling.
  5. To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese and butter till combined. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, and beat until smooth.
  6. To assemble the whoopie pies, spread or pipe the filling onto the flat side of one cake. Top it with another cake, flat-side down. Repeat with the rest of the cakes and filling.

Notes

Adapted from Serious Eats.

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44 comments on “Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies”

  1. Dear Liz, if you are a devoted carrot cake lover, then we do share a passion – I love everything carrot, especially carrot cake. And I adore these Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies of yours – I shall take at look at your other carrot cake recipes as well, who knows, I might find a new favorite!
    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Andrea

  2. I would declare this breakfast food… And wish you lived next door:@)

  3. They taste like carrot cake would be a great accolade in our house! These look perfect indeed, Liz!

  4. Grumpy would have no problem helping you out with these! Carrot Cake is his favorite and he loves nuts in it! These are beautiful too! I’m sure I would not have the will power you have!

  5. I love whoopie pies! Things just seem to taste better when they’re condensed to bite-sized form!

  6. Your family always makes me laugh. I would have been a willing taster.

  7. These look so good. I love carrot cake so can imagine these are delicious as well.

  8. I have to make this for my Mom… whoopie pies and carrot cake and two of her favorite things.

  9. Liz, these are perfection! I’m all about carrot cake in any form. Love the addition of nuts and coconut … even if your family doesn’t 🙂

  10. I like your spin on today’s theme – plus WHOOPIE PIES!!!

  11. WOW I’m so impressed Liz! Great way to put a spin on carrot cake!

  12. Liz, don’t you just hate it when someone in your family doesn’t like just ONE of the ingredients in something you make!!! These look perfect! Look at all those carrots poking out of the cookie tops! I’d serve these as a side with dinner! ;- )

  13. Carrot cake is hands down my favorite cake, it was even our wedding cake! I will absolutely be getting over my fear of baking and making these for Easter!

  14. I love whoopie pies and a carrot cake version sounds delicious!

  15. Wow! These are great!! I love carrot cake, but sometimes a cake slice is too much for me. I love the portion control of a whoopie pie!! Wish I had one now. 🙂

  16. Ha! Yes, trying to get everyone on board can sometimes be tricky. I’ve gone the route of giving up sweets for Lent in the past, and I can sympathize with how tough it is. Good luck!

  17. This recipe is the perfect excuse to use my new whoopie pie pans! Thanks!

  18. I like to have carrot cake for my birthday cake too! Love how your whoopie pies turned out, and thanks for taking one for the team and being the tester of them 🙂

  19. Whoopie! Portable carrot cake sandwiches! Great idea, Liz!

  20. truly irresistible!

  21. I love this idea Liz. I may have to try this with my carrot cake recipe. It’s a brilliant way to ration how much carrot cake you eat without having to eliminate dessert. Plus it makes eating this dessert more fun.

  22. I can’t see why someone would not love these carrot cake whoopie pies. I think they look wonderful. I have a feeling that I couldn’t stop at one, I would at least have another one.

  23. Now that is a clever recipe! Where’s the LIKE button? 🙂 Have a good week, my friend.

  24. These whoopee pies are too cute, and the flavors just perfect!

  25. Liz, what a great idea!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice week

  26. Hi Liz, these are so creative, I know I would love these, they look amazing.

  27. carrot cake is a favourite of mine so I would love to try a carrot cake whoopee pie! YUM
    They look delish,
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  28. These look incredibly delicious!! On my must make list!

  29. I’ve been dying to see this recipe since I saw the title-totally NOT disappointed.

  30. I love adding healthy fruits and vegetables to desserts. I think that’s why I love carrot cake so much. These carrot cake cookies with cream cheese icing sandwiched in the middle, sure made my mouth water!

  31. What a great idea! I love all things carrot cake and these look amazing!

  32. These gems are amazing Liz ! It’s a nice alternative to the classic carrot cake !

  33. Yum! I would totally make these “ice cream sandwiches” and keep some in the freezer for dop-bys!

  34. Wow, I’ve not seen such carrot cakes before! Yummy! Happy weekend, babe! xoxo

  35. My plan was to make Carrot Cupcakes for Easter but these may be my alternative.

  36. These are so pretty! Individually wrapped, these would be perfect for Easter baskets!

  37. Wow! Your family is deprived of one of Life’s precious gifts! Glad you were able to get a nibble of your yummy carrot cake whoopie pies…I’d be looking forward to my stash in the freezer post Lent…I’d only pray I could wait that long!

  38. I have never tried a whoopie pie before, I know… it’s the Maine Dessert! I would love to try your recipe first! Nettie

  39. These are screaming EAT ME! So, I must oblige and make a batch. Yum!

  40. These look so good! I love carrot cake but as a hand held? Fabulous!

  41. Are you open to adopting me? 🙂 I promised to LOVE every single thing you cook.
    Wowza these whoppie pies are wonderful.

  42. I love this idea! Carrot cake whoopie pies combines two of my favorite things! And carrot cake is of course a ‘hidden veggie’ which I love 😉 I must try this recipe!

  43. I always think of spring as a time for whoopie pies – wrapped up and tucked in a picnic basket! I love the the idea of a carrot cake version – bookmarked for some upcoming concert picnics!

  44. These are the whoopie pies of my dreams! My preschooler has been begging to make them and we’re both on a carrot cake kick so this recipe is perfecto! Thank you!

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