12 Days of Treats: Carrot Cake Cookies (Day 12)
Yea!! It's Christmas Eve and Day 12 of my 12 Days of Treats!
Today's treat is a perfect way to finish our celebrate of 'better for you' holiday desserts. Remember, this holiday it is most important that you practice a little portion control (especially if you are on this diet) and avoid the stuff you could really do without!
Did you know that most Americans gain 5+ lbs over the holidays? You can avoid this statistic all together and no have to worry about a weight loss resolution in the new year if you start by paying attention to what you are eating today. And yes, these cookies are 'cookies' but start with just one. I know, these are SO delicious and that will be hard to do....just think of the one you get to eat tomorrow!!
Merry Christmas!! I hope it is a restful, joyful, and blessed day for each and every one of you and your families. Enjoy!
Carrot Cake Cookies
adapted from Cookie Madness
1 c + 2tbsp whole wheat white flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/3 c honey
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp orange juice (lowest sugar you can find)
1/2 c oats (old fashioned)
2/3 c shredded carrots
1/3 c toasted pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, honey, and brown sugar. Add the vanilla. When mixed well, add the egg and orange juice and mix for another 20-30 seconds. Add the baking soda and spices (salt, cinnamon). Then add the flour and stir until the flour is absorbed. Stir in the oats and nuts.
Drop the cookies by the tablespoonful onto a parchment or silpat coverd cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
For th icing: combine 4 oz of cream cheese with 2 tbsp of honey and 2-3 tbsp of milk or creamer. Put icing into a piping bag or zip-lock bag wit the tip cut off and pipe onto cookies. Enjoy!