Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches (Vegan + Oil-Free)

March 27, 2017

Desserts

By: Jasmine Briones 

Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches, the perfect gluten-free sweet spring treat. These cookies are filled with a decadent cream cheese frosting and are actually (mostly) healthy, too.

overhead basket with carrot cake cookie sandwiches

Chris and I met only a few years ago now, and one thing that I remember we immediately bonded over was our love for carrot cake. We actually hit it off over some at one of our first dates haha and the rest is history.

Carrot cake is up there on the list of favorite desserts for both of us, so we thought it would be fun to put a unique spin on the classic. Everything is better in cookie form, right? What makes this carrot cake cookie recipe extra special is the mouth-watering cream cheese filling that’s inside. The cookies themselves aren’t too sweet, but with the addition of the filling, the perfect pop of sweetness is added.

carrot cake cookie sandwich ingredients over head shot

This recipe is a long time in the making. We published it over 2 years ago now and we retested and tweaked them so they are now even better than before.

We somehow forgot to include the most important ingredient of the recipe in the ingredient shot above the rolled oats! But it reminded me to note that rolled oats work the best in this recipe and yield the most ideal consistency. Using quick or steel cut oats will modify the texture and it won’t be the same. Trust us, we’ve experimented and it wasn’t our favorite! These cookies can be made gluten-free as the oats we get here from Bob’s Red Mill are gluten-free, but in some countries like Australia, keep in mind that gluten-free oats don’t exist there based on how they are processed.

forward facing shot of carrot cake cookie sandwiches stacked up

You might be surprised to find out that these cookies are also oil-free, making them a bit healthier, which only means one thing…you can go innnn on them!
carrot cake cookie sandwich on plater

We are so excited for you guys to try these carrot cake cookies because we know you will love them as much as we do. Make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see and repost your photos!

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Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches (Vegan + Oil-Free)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 1 minute
  • Yield: ~12 sandwiches

Description

Vegan Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches that are gluten-free, oil-free, and so dang delicious. They are without a doubt the perfect spring treat!


Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 chia eggs (2 tablespoons chia seeds + 6 tablespoons water)
  • 3/4 cup grated carrots (packed)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter* (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raisins* (see notes)

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 2/3 cup plain vegan cream cheese* (homemade or store bought; see notes)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, prepare the chia egg by mixing 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 6 tablespoons of water. Stir together and set aside for 10 minutes to thicken.
  2. In the meantime, add 1 cup of rolled oats to the bowl of a food processor. Process the oats until they have formed a flour-like consistency. Add in the walnuts and pulse until they are chopped but not fine. Transfer the oat and walnut mixture to a large bowl and add in the remaining rolled oats along with the baking powder, ground cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Into the same bowl, add the carrots, creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon juice, raisins, and prepared chia egg. Mix everything together until it is well incorporated. Place the bowl into the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the filling until smooth. We recommend starting with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (if using) and adding more as desired. Taste and adjust the sweetness from the sugar or the tang from the lemon, to taste. Transfer this mixture into a (sealed) piping bag and place that bag into the refrigerator to chill.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Using a tablespoon sized scooper, scoop 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough into your hand and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball out into a 1/3″ tall cookie, being sure to smooth out the sides. Place the cookie onto the baking sheet and continue until you have measured out all of the dough. Keep in mind that these cookies will not expand so you can keep them fairly close together (1/2-inch or so apart).
  6. Place the cookies into the oven and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the bottom has browned. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  7. Once the cookies have cooled, assemble the sandwiches. Remove the filling from the refrigerator and pipe the icing onto the bottom of one cookie in a circular fashion (from the outside in). Place a second cookie on top and gently twist it to “seal” it onto the filling. Continue until you have filled all of the cookies. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Flaxseed meal can be used in place of the chia seeds. Just use the same amount, 2 tablespoons.
  • If you are using jumbo raisins, we suggest chopping them in half for the best results.
  • You can use any other creamy nut or seed butter in this instead of peanut butter. We have not tested this but from our past experiences, it should work. Just keep in mind that it will slightly alter the flavor.
  • Nutrition facts estimated with two 1 tablespoon sized cookies with the cream cheese frosting.
  • We recommend keeping the cream cheese in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare the filling.
  • We had frosting left over but we also scarcely filled each cookie sandwich. To ensure that you use up every bit of the filling, go heavy with it!
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 7-10 days.
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Keywords: Dessert, Cookies, Carrot, Cookies, Cake, Sandwiches, Cream Cheese, Oatmeal

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. Dewi Teh says:

    Great recipes???

  2. Kristina says:

    Oh my, these look quite delectable. I am looking forward to creating these and trying not to eat them all! 😉

  3. Claudia Hale says:

    Where does the cholesterol come from in these cookies?

  4. Cathy Johnston says:

    I made these this morning. They’re delicious with or without the filling! Could be used for breakfast!

  5. […] at a few vegan and oil-free carrot cake/carrot cake cookie recipes for inspiration, including Sweet Simple Vegan’s Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches and Love & Lemon’s cake […]

  6. Aria says:

    I loved this recipe! I switched the walnuts for pecans, and I recommend using a full cup of carrots instead 3/4 cup. <3

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