Tuesday, August 3, 2010

TWD - Gingered Carrot Cookies



I am intrigued by the many books that are available where Mums profess to be able to get their children to eat vegetables by hiding them in other foods like cakes and biscuits. When I mention to colleagues that I have just made a chocolate and zucchini cake or a beetroot cake, or even a pumpkin and prune cake, they look at me aghast. I can therefore only surmise that the "vegetables hidden in treats" trick only works for children because their mums don't tell them that there are vegetables lurking in there. I'd love to hear if you have had any success in tricking fussy eaters into eating their veges by hiding the vegetables in another food.


This week's Tuesday with Dorie challenge is a vegetable-hidden-in-a-cookie creation. It is gingered carrot cookies, and was chosen by Natalia of Gatti Fili E Farina. Dorie says that when she was creating these, she wanted to make a carrot cake in cookie form. I like carrot cake, so I was rather looking forward to these. I even invested in raisins and pecans for the task, neither of which I had to hand at home.

The cookies were easy enough to make, once you got through peeling and grating the carrot. Dorie recommends three carrots to get one cup of grated carrot - I only needed one large carrot.

These cookies are pleasant tasting - just like any other raisin cookies that I have tasted. They are chunky and soft, and the raisins are a standout flavour in them. Although I liked these cookies, I probably won't make them again, because there are easier raisin cookie recipes around that taste just as good.

Thanks to Natalia for hosting us this week - she will have the recipe, and it of course appears in Dorie's book. To see what the other TWD members thought of these cookies, visit the TWD blogroll.

18 comments:

Flourchild said...

Yum I want some! Great looking cookies!

Nadji said...

Des biscuits aux carottes : une recette qui me plait beaucoup.
J'aime beaucoup.
Have a good week and see soon.

Peggy said...

They look really really good. We loved these cookies. I tasted more coconut than anything else.

Tammy said...

agree - wouldnt make these again, but worth a go!

Honey @ honeyandsoy said...

Hmm they look good, though! Did they taste like carrot cake?

Clivia said...

Lol, Cakelaw. Yes, the trick is not to tell that there are veggies in the dessert.
Love that you can see the carrots in your cookies!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I love vegetables in cakes and biscuits. They give them such a nice moistness! These cookies look so interesting! :D

Heavenly Housewife said...

In a way, these veggies in a sweet makes me laugh. Yeah, so you got the kid to eat the carrot (or other veggie) but what about all the sugar and stuff that also went in there to make the veggie taste good?
That being said, carrot cake is a huge favourite of mine, I just don't like to pretend that its healthy.
*kisses* HH

Kayte said...

One carrot...that was some carrot, and so orange b/c the color you got on these cookies is wonderful! We liked them a lot, too.

natalia said...

Ciao ! Thank you for joining me this week ! I used a Kitchen aid attachment to grate and it was very fast !!! Sorry they weren't your cookies !!!

Mary said...

They look nice with the raisins! I leave them out because they can't be hidden enough for me! I made a chocolate and zucchini cake yesterday and fed some to my brother without telling him, because he doesn't eat vegetables. He's in his 40s, so this trick works at all ages, as long as you don't say anything. He wouldn't touch the carrot cookies though!

margot said...

Your cookies look great! I find those "sneaky vegetable" cookbooks interesting, too. These cookies are an excellent way to eat a carrot.

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

I wonder if these would be make-again-worthy if smothered in cream cheese frosting? ;)

Yours look great.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

why do people get so freaked out about veggies in sweets? they're always tasty, just like these cookies!

Jill said...

I didn't make these, but they sound and look pretty good. There is no hiding the carrot in them though!

Laura said...

They look beautiful and sound good with the ginger/carrot combo (kind of like the soup). I really like the colour.

The Blonde Duck said...

It doesn't work on Ben when I try to hide veggies!

Jennifer said...

My husband loved these-I'm not a raisin eater. These were super easy to make-yours look great!!!!