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Nadia’s Carrot Cake Cookies

In by Katherine, Dessert First, Uncategorized on December 7 at 9:52 pm

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These delectable desserts put a spin on a classic favorite — carrot cake cookies with cream cheese icing glaze.

There’s something about cinnamon and brown sugar that is just perfect for wintertime.  These carrot cake cookies, developed by Nadia, get their fluffiness from baking soda, and are studded with nuts and raisins.  The zigzag icing glaze drizzled on top makes these a treat for the eyes as well as the mouth.

Nadia has graciously shared her recipe:

1 1/8 c all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup plus 2 tbs packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plus 2 tbs granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c grated carrot (approximately 2 large carrots)
1 c walnuts, chopped
1/2 c raisins

1. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
2. Beat together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a bowl with a mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy.
3. Mix in carrots, nuts, and raisins. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
4. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
5. Drop cookies by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 12-16 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
6. Cool completely on wire racks.
7. Make cream cheese glaze: Beat 2 oz cream cheese and 1 tbsp unsalted butter until combined. Add 1 c sifted powdered sugar and beat until incorporated. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp milk. Beat until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to thin.
8. Spoon glaze into a Ziplock bag and snip off a small hole in the corner. Pipe over cooled cookies and let set. Makes about 2 dozen bit- sized cookies.

Absolutely Bitchin’ Coconut Cream Pie

In by Katherine, Dessert First on October 7 at 11:12 pm

This coconut cream pie tastes like an Almond Joy come to life as a pie (only ten times more joyful, and without almonds).

Coconut Cream Pie

If “coconut cream pie” conjures up images of a cloying slice topped with aerosol whipped cream sitting too long under the fluorescent lighting of a display case at Marie Callender’s, you haven’t truly had coconut cream pie. You simply have not lived. Carpe diem, carpe diem! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary! O Captain my captain!

This pie brings a little something extra to the table with a chocolate shell layer of crust and chocolate garnish on top, and gains an extra boost of coconut flavor by substituting coconut milk for regular milk. And of course, it uses real whipped cream.

It was adapted by my sister from this Bon Appetit recipe and won a Maslyn family pie contest.  That’s legit.  See how to make the absolutely bitchin’ version after the jump.

Coconut cream pie

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