Cute drop cookies that taste just like carrot cake.
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 medium (2 cups) carrots, grated
1 cup finely chopped pecans
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Green food color, if desired
Orange food color, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine 1 cup butter, sugar and brown sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in carrots and pecans.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl; beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Reserve 1/2 cup frosting.
Frost each cooled cookie with 2 teaspoons frosting. Divide reserved frosting in half. Tint one half green and one half orange. Spoon each tinted frosting into resealable plastic food bags; snip off corner of bags. Make carrot design on top of each cookie, if desired.
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