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CARROT CAKE WHOOPIE PIES

What do you get when you cross a carrot cake, a zucchini bread, a hummingbird cake, and a fun snack cake? Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies…that's what!!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Dessert - Cake, Dessert - Cookies
Keyword: carrot and zucchini whoppie pies, carrot cake dessert, carrot cake whoopie pies, hand held carrot cake dessert
Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 254kcal
Author: Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks softened butter written using salted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup grated zucchini excess water removed
  • 1 cup finely chopped pineapple drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For the Filling:

  • 2 blocks (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • orange food coloring optional

Instructions

  • -Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • -In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, vanilla, and eggs until creamy and light on medium speed.
  • -Add in the eggs blending until well combined, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl often.
  • -In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • -Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture until it is completely incorporated.
  • -Switch to a wooden spoon or spatula and stir in the carrots, dry zucchini, drained pineapple, and chopped pecans until thoroughly combined.
  • -Using 2 tablespoons or a small melon baller, drop the batter onto baking sheets, leaving about 2" in-between each cookie (1 dozen per sheet).
  • -Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes (rotating the sheets halfway through the baking process).
  • -Complete the process with the remaining dough.
  • -Remove the cookies to a baking rack to cool completely before adding the filling.
  • -To make the filling beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, coconut extract, and a few drops of orange food coloring (if desired) on low speed until completely smooth and creamy.
  • -To assemble the whoopie pies, add about 2 tablespoons of the filling on the bottom of one cookie and place another cookie on top of the filling and gently press together.
  • -Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1290IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg