Here’s a little sneak peak to how my evening went:
1. food gathering (grocery shopping)
2. failed attempt to make carrot chips (dang it)
3. tried to do a portion of SAT practice test
4. got bored of practice test.
5. Made cookies while watching the Broncos v. Giants game (which was awesome; although the Broncos really need to figure out how to not get a penalty on every freaking defense play. Like, seriously?)
The best part of my night by far was making these cookies. Why, you ask? Well. My mom got a whole freaking bag of carrots for that carrot cake last week. We were left with so. Many. Carrots. I took the challenge to use these carrots. And it turned out very, very well.
I literally threw a bunch of stuff into a bowl, mixed it up, and it worked out REALLY WELL. Like, I was surprised. But my goodness, they are delicious! .The moisture from the shredded carrot and the pumpkin puree works really well with the flour and oats; they are also naturally sweetened with honey, maple syrup, and dates! These cookies are perfect for snacking or a healthier dessert.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 pinches salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 cups shredded carrot (about 2 1/2 large carrots, 8ish inches in length)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree, NOT pie filling
- 1/4 cup honey*
- 1/12 cup maple syrup*
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup chopped dates
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl and mix. Set aside.
Mix the carrot, pumpkin puree, honey, maple syrup, oats, dates, and butter with a hand mixer until thoroughly combined. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until well incorporated.
Lightly butter baking pans and drop tablespoon sized cookies onto the sheets. Flatted slightly with your fingers, but not too much. Just so that they are not huge clumps. On a 11x18ish sheet I was able to fit 25 cookies. Bake about 10 minutes, or until slightly firm in the middle. These are NOT hard, granola-y cookie. These are a soft, moist cookie. Be careful on the baking time.