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carrot cake cookies

2 C flour  •  1 1/2 tsp baking powder  •  1/2 tsp salt
1  egg  •  3/4 C butter, cubed  •  1/2 C sugar
1/4 C brown sugar  •  1/3 C raisins or dried cranberries
1 1/2 C carrots, finely grated  •  1/3 C pecans, chopped
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract  •  1 tsp orange zest

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Lightly crunchy on the outside but soft and flaky in the middle, these cookies are full of flavor and colorful fun. Topped with a lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting, these cookies are a must try for carrot cake and cookie lovers alike. What a great treat these cookies are to share with your family and friends during Easter!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Directions:  Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl; flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Using cold butter, dice up the butter into small cubes and beat for a minute. Then add both sugars and continue to beat until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and orange zest. Once combined add in the dry ingredients and stir together. Finally add in the raisins or dried cranberries, pecans and carrots. Using a scoop, drop balls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets and flatten slightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes or just until tops are golden. Cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, pipe cream cheese frosting on top and enjoy!

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 C butter
1 8oz package cream cheese
2 – 2 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:  I tend to like my frosting not quite as sweet as many of the recipes suggest. I use up-to 2 cups of powdered sugar for this frosting but you can add more if you would like it sweeter. Beat butter until softened, then add in cream cheese and continue to beat until fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary. Add in the powdered sugar a little at a time and then add in the vanilla extract. Beat well until the frosting is smooth and creamy.

Notes: For those of you who like some spice in their cookies, add about 1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger.

… Hope you all have a blessed Easter weekend.

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