Cream Cheese Filling

In small bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together with mixer on low speed. Beat in vanilla. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time, beating and scraping sides of bowl after each addition, until smooth. Chill until set.

Cookies

In bowl of food processor or blender, pulse oats until coarse meal; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium-high for 30 seconds. Add sugars, baking powder, baking soda and spices; beat, scraping sides of bowl occasionally, until well mixed. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add processed oatmeal to mixer bowl along with flour, salt, carrots and raisins; mix well.

Drop by rounded teaspoon, 2 inches apart, onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each cookie slightly using bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute; transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

When cookies are cool and filling is set, spoon teaspoonful onto flat side of one half cookies; top with remaining cookies, flat sides together, and press gently to make sandwiches. Store cookies in an air tight container and keep in refrigerator for up to a week or freeze.

Note: King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour and Unsalted Plugrá® European-Style Butter from Whole Foods are highly recommended.

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar, sifted

Procedure

Cookies

  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup quick-cooking oats
  • 11/4 Cups all-purpose or pastry flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup finely grated carrots
  • 1 Cup California raisins

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 340 (Calories from Fat 34%); Total Fat 13 ( Saturated Fat 8; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 50; Sodium 150; Potassium 214; Total Carbohydrate 52; Dietary Fiber 2; Sugars 37; Protein 4; Calcium 43; Iron 2;

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