Thursday, February 16, 2012

Improv Challenge~Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies!

Today is the day for the Improv Cooking Challenge!   This is such a fun challenge, I just love participating! This month our ingredients are carrots and ginger. I immediately thought of carrot cake, but I was looking for something a little smaller, like cookies. This got my brain thinking about cookies, and then whoopie pies, the ultimate cookie!
Carrot Cake Whoppie Pies
(adapted from Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley)

2 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Salt
8 tablespoons Butter, softened
1/2 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Grated Carrots

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder,
cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt together. 
Set aside.
In the bowl that you can use a mixer with, 
cream together the butter and both sugars. 
Cream on medium for  4-5 minutes
until light and fluffy. 
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.
Mix in vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
Add carrots.
Chill the batter in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
While the batter is chilling, make the cream cheese filling.
This is a recipe I have used for a very long time. I love it!
Cream Cheese Filling
8 ounces Cream Cheese
5 tablespoons Butter, softened
2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Confectioners Sugar
Cream the cream cheese and butter together.
Add vanilla.
Add sugar 1 cup at a time. You might need more
if you want thicker filling.
Put filling in a pastry bag with a Wilton #12 tip.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a small cookie scoop, and place circle of dough
on your baking sheet. Cook for 10 minutes.
Let cool!
Pipe the filling onto the bottom of 1 cookie,.....
and put the other cookie on top.

Thanks for stopping by The Freshman Cook!

Improv Challenge


  1. Those little pies look like the perfect treat to snack on. Betcha can't eat just one, though!

  2. What fantastic whoopie pies. I thought about doing cake as well, ended up with donuts. I think this month everyone has really outdone themselves with the variety of recipes.

  3. Whoopie pies are the greatest and with this combo, they must be dreamy.

  4. I made whoopie pies, too!!! So yummy!!! I like the way you think :)

  5. Excellent idea! Your Whoopie Pies look yummy!

  6. What a perfectly delicious idea. I haven't had a whoopie pie in ages but now I'm craving one.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. Looks like I've hit upon a great use for all those carrots leftover from this month's challenge!

  8. This sounds like the perfect dose of carrot cake love. Great choice.

  9. Oh I love whoopie pies! these look great! Stop by and check out my Carrot Cake Ice Cream!

  10. These turned out great--I love whoopie pies! Found you through the challenge--I'm having so much fun checking out these great recipes.

  11. Fantastic idea! I have never seen that before! YUM!

  12. Now these look like the lastest rage! Very yummy--nice choice for the improv!

  13. Looks delicious! I am so impressed by all the desserts this challenge - I am not a baker and immediately thought savory thoughts :)

  14. Teri...your whoopie pies ARE the ultimate cookies! And your pictures make me want to reach right through this monitor and grab one! Look at that picture with the half of a whoopie pie with the icing piped on!!! Wow...don't even need to put the top on....I'll just have another...and another...and another! Great job with this month's ingredients!!! : )

  15. Carrot cake cookie! with the frosting in between! I think I could be addicted to these.

  16. Oh my goodness! These carrot cake whoopie pies so sooo good! Love your recipe for this challenge.

  17. I made these this month for SRC and they were great! Thank you for the recipe!