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Carrot Cake Mini Whoopie Pies

I made these carrot cake mini whoopie pies for Easter dessert, and they were a huge hit! The original Cooking Light recipe calls them sandwich cookies, but for all intents and purposes, they’re whoppie pies. The kids gobbled them up, despite the fact that they were very obviously full of veggies. The fact that there was delicious cream cheese frosting oozing out from the middle probably didn’t hurt. I will absolutely be making these again (though next time I am doubling the recipe)!

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

2 cups shredded carrot
2/3 cup packed brown sugar, divided
1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp grated orange rind
3/4 tsp vanilla extract, divided
1 large egg
4.5 oz unbleached all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/8 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

 

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Combine carrot and 3 tablespoons brown sugar in a bowl; toss to coat. Place carrot mixture in a fine mesh sieve; let stand to drain for 10 minutes. Discard liquid.

3. Place 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 45 seconds or until melted. Add oil, rind, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and egg; stir with a whisk until well combined.

4. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, remaining brown sugar (about 1/2 cup), cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add carrot mixture and butter mixture; stir until just combined. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets for a total of 28 cookies (14 per baking sheet); gently pat dough down to form 2-inch circles. Bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until set. Remove pans from oven; let stand 3 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on a wire rack.

5. Combine cream cheese, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add powdered sugar; beat at low speed 1 minute or until well combined (do not overbeat). Spread about 1 tablespoon icing on flat side of 1 cookie; top with another cookie, flat side down. Repeat the procedure with remaining cookies and filling.


Rice Krispie Easter Treats

I don’t usually post on Fridays, but this was just too cute not to share!

My coworker, Stephanie, brought each of us an Easter treat this morning—little Rice Krispie Easter eggs covered in pastel sprinkles, all wrapped up in adorable packaging. Seriously, how cute are these?!

I love Rice Krispie treats because they’re kid-friendly and super easy to make. And today, I am choosing to believe that they are a nutritious breakfast food (hey, it’s cereal, right?).

This is actually the second Easter-themed Rice Krispie treat I’ve had this week. My in-laws came over on Sunday and brought Olivia a plate of Rice Krispie Easter baskets filled with M&Ms, similar to the ones pictured below, sans coconut. Olivia was thrilled to be allowed to have two of her favorite treats in one!

Photo via RiceKrispies.com

Ok, that’s all I have for today. Just wanted to share these sweet little treats! I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!


Egg-cellent Easter Tables

This week has been a bit hectic, so today I’m posting an oldie but a goodie! Enjoy!

Yep. I went there. And you know what? I’m not even ashamed of that one! You know what else? I don’t even really like eggs that much (scrambled is okay but never hard boiled). I do, however, like dying them for Easter and decorating my house with them like I suddenly live in a chicken coop.

I was looking online the other day for inspiration on how to use my brightly colored and be-glittered eggs on my Easter table and came across some pretty amazing ideas, some of which actually include eggs. My dining room table is neither big enough nor grand enough to accommodate most of these decorations (seriously, where does the food go? over-the-top doesn’t even begin to describe them), but I have to say, I rather like the one with the egg cups and the Peeps—no eggs, but cute nonetheless!

Photo via Good Housekeeping

Photo via epicurious.com

Photo via Potterybarn.com

Photo via thepartydress.net

Photo via toriejayne.blogspot.com

Photo: Tonya Lee, About.com Guide

Photo via Ladies Home Journal


Easter Baskets for Babies and Toddlers

My friend and coworker, Lois, e-mailed me yesterday for some ideas for her son’s Easter basket. It made me feel better to know that another mom was struggling to come up with ideas too!

I’ve started to put together my daughter’s Easter basket for this year, which has proven to be more of a challenge than I originally thought. Last year, we didn’t do an Easter basket for her (I know, we’re horrible parents!), so this is my first attempt. I tried to think back to what I used to get in my Easter baskets growing up, but tons of candy and hair bows won’t work for my little one—too much sugar and too little hair. So, what to get … what to get?

I hit up the Dollar Spot in Target and found a ton of great Sesame Street, Dora, Sponge Bob, and Easter-themed board books, activity books, flash cards and bath books. They’re really cute, and you can’t beat the price! I also found plastic eggs and a wind-up bunny that I thought Olivia would love chasing around the kitchen. I did pick up some candy to put in the plastic eggs, but truthfully, we’ll probably end up eating most of that (she’ll just get a couple pieces). I am also planning to pick up some sidewalk chalk, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies and Bunny Grahams, a mini Magna Doodle®, and some new socks to add to the basket.

So far, I’ve spent less than $25 for the basket itself, paper “grass,” and contents, which I don’t think is too shabby!

What are you planning to include in your little one’s Easter basket? I would love to hear some other ideas!