Luke and I spent last night celebrating passover with his family in Boston. Luke’s sister is a wonderful cook and we had a delicious meal. Teddy did as well. While we were eating dinner in the other room, he helped himself to an entire bowl of egg salad that was sitting just within his reach on the coffee table.
He then decided he deserved a seat at the main dining table.
Such a little rascal!
Easter usually makes me a bit homesick. Growing up, we had a lot of Easter traditions in my family. I went on an Easter egg hunt every year until I went to college (and wasn’t home for Easter anymore). Yes, at 17 I still made my parents hide eggs for me :). Why? Because it’s tradition! I know my Mom is probably smiling while reading this because I am the one in my family who is all about preserving traditions!
Another tradition in our house was getting a new dress for Easter. When I was younger, my sister and I usually got matching dresses, but eventually we realized this wasn’t cool. As I got older, I had to remind my Mom it was tradition to buy me a new dress for Easter. Unfortunately, it stopped working at some point.
Though I’m not going on an Easter egg hunt or participating in many of my family’s Easter traditions, my Mom did ship me a box full of Easter candy :).
And I will be enjoying some of that as well as my favorite Easter candy (which she forgot to include!) – Cadbury Caramel Eggs.
They are the best. I think Cadbury creme eggs are disgusting, but the caramel ones are something I wait every year for! I love it when I see them in the stores just after Valentine’s Day 🙂
If you’re looking for a healthier Easter treat, I wanted to share a recipe I recently made – Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches!
Full of carrots so that both you and the Easter bunny can enjoy them! Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts, mostly because I absolutely love cream cheese frosting. You know how some people eat spoonfuls of peanut butter? Well, I eat spoonfuls of frosting. I know – not healthy!
Since I wanted to make cookies and cream cheese frosting is the vital part of carrot cake, I decided to make carrot cake cookie sandwiches. They are extremely good! And while they are a treat, they are still much healthier than your average carrot cake.
First, grate your carrots.
Then, mix together the dry ingredients and raisins in a large bowl.
Add the carrots and stir to combine.
Add the oil, maple syrup, egg and vanilla and stir to combine.
Spoon the dough onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes (I always check mine a little early just in case and bake them longer if need be).
Let them cool for about 15 minutes. Then spread cream cheese frosting on the backside of one cookie and add another to make a sandwich.
Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches
Adapted from Prevention RD
Makes about 14 cookies, 7 sandwiches
- 1 cup shredded carrots (about 3 carrots)
- 3/4 cup ground flax
- 1 cup pastry flour (I think regular flour would work too)
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Peel and shred your carrots.
- Mix together ground flax, flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and raisins in a large bowl.
- Add the carrots and stir to combine.
- Add the maple syrup, canola oil, vanilla and egg to the bowl and stir to combine.
- Spoon the dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes (check at 10 minutes and bake longer if need be).
- Let the cookies cool for 15 minutes.
- Then mix together your cream cheese frosting (or use store bought) and spread the frosting over the back of one cookie. Add another cookie to make a sandwich.
Simple Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Mix together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until well combined.
- Stir in the powder sugar and mix until it is the consistency of frosting.
*Note, cream cheese frosting and cookies with cream cheese frosting should be stored in the refrigerator.