Recipe of the Month
DHS CARROT CAKE COOKIE
One of the best snacks that you can find at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Carrot Cake Cookie. Even though its former home, The Writer’s Stop, is no longer there, you can still find this sweet treat at Sweet Spells.
The Carrot Cake Cookie is affectionately known as “the miracle cookie” in my family. While you’ll feel like you’re in heaven when you taste it, the cookie was nicknamed for its healing powers. We were having a not so magical time the day that we ventured to try the Carrot Cake Cookie for the first time. Without giving too many details, it involved a child who was not feeling so well, a lost cell phone, and a rained-out Jedi Training event. All morning long our son was convalescing in the stroller. However, as soon as I brought out the cookie, he immediately rose from his laying down position and begged me for a bite. One bite of this delicious cookie and he all of a sudden felt better. In fact, he ended up eating most of it. Miracle!
The best way to describe the Carrot Cake Cookie is that it’s very similar to a whoopie pie. Two carrot cake cookies are nestled around a generous layer of cream cheese frosting. Each cookie is loaded with plump golden raisins and visible trails of fresh carrots. The cookies are moist, almost cake-like, but hold their shape very well. The sweet creamy frosting balances the spice of the cookies. This treat is especially delicious when paired with a good cup of joe.
If you haven’t tried the Carrot Cake Cookie, or are craving one like me, you can easily whip up a batch of these miraculous wonders at home. I chose to use a box carrot cake mix for my version. I made it special by adding in some fresh carrot and golden raisins. You can also make the cake mix from scratch if you wish.
Ingredients: For the cookies:
Box of Carrot Cake Mix
½ cup shredded carrots
½ golden raisins
For the Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Prepare mix according to box directions. Fold in shredded carrots and raisins. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Lightly spray with cooking spray. (You could also use a whoopie pie pan.)
Make cookies by scooping about ¼ cup of mix onto the parchment or into the pan.
Bake according to box directions (about 14 minutes)
While the cookies are baking, make the frosting. Whip the cream cheese and butter together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in vanilla. Mix in confectioner’s sugar a little at a time. Mix on medium speed until well combined.
Let cookies cool completely. Spread a generous amount of frosting on the flat end of one cookie. Sandwich two cookies together to complete.
You can find the Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Enjoy!