Carrot-nut Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

Prep time:  About 10 minutes

Baking time:  10 to 12 minutes

Calories per serving:  Only 212 cals each

Yield: 14 sandwich cookies

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Those who have had oatmeal pies and liked them would surely enjoy these babies! These are actually a hybrid between oatmeal pies and carrot cake cookies.

I have been enjoying baking with oatmeal lately. Carrot is also an ingredient I use a lot, along with cream cheese. This came out great – decadent with lightness to it!

Let’s get baking, shall we?

Ingredients:

2 cups Oat Flour

1 cup Quick Oats

1 tsp baking soda

2 medium eggs

3/4 cup grated carrots

½ cup toasted coconut

1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

¾ cup dark brown sugar

½ cup Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chunks, crushed (optional)

Frosting/Filling:

6 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup light whipped topping

1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions in making the cookies:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 deg C).

Toast the coconuts in a pan on the stove top. Make sure to watch the heat as you wouldn’t want to burn them. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, quick oats and baking soda well. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream together the apple sauce and brown sugar until well incorporated. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add in the carrots, mix well. Lastly, add in the toasted coconut.

Add the flour mixture onto the apple sauce mixture gradually until everything is well mixed. The texture will be sticky. I also put in a little bit of chocolate chunks into the mixture as an added treat 🙂

Next, drop a spoonful of the batter on to a greased (or line the sheet with parchment paper) cookie sheet. Bake for about 9 to 10 minutes. For thinner cookies, drop less batter and try to flatten each one a bit. Once all cookies are baked, set them aside and cool completely.

While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting. All you need to do is to mix together the cream cheese, whipped topping and powdered sugar until the texture is very smooth. It’s best to use a hand mixer if you have one. It surely gets the job done in about a minute or so.

You can chill your cream cheese filling/frosting if you wish. Now, all that’s left to do is to make your sandwiches. It is up to you how much filling you would want each sandwich cookie to have. There it is, something different to enjoy with your afternoon tea or coffee. Enjoy!

                                                                                                     Eat well and be well. – Ella Bella

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