toddler-friendly carrot cookies

22 March 2012

My former self is rolling her eyes at my current self for making toddler-specific 'sneakily healthy' food. So know that you're in good company if you're doing the same.  I made these by accident as I was on a quest to ignore an Everest of cold laundry and make these carrot cake cookies sans flour and sugar while making good use of the lone can of pumpkin left in our pantry.  If Julia had her way she would subsist solely on gummy vitamins, scoops of peanut butter, cold hot dogs, diet coke, coffee, and her latest additions of garlic and raw onions. So, I guess I have to admit that she is kind of a picky eater -- minus the kind of. But, she gobbled these up lickity splickity, a very skeptical Simon ate five before dinner and Sebastian didn't spit out the 1/10 of the cookie he was allotted -- all wild successes in my good parenting and great wifery book. Is this enough fine print before the actual recipe?

Two more lines for good measure.
And done.

To make ~30 semi-healthy carrot cookies...
Preheat oven to 350 hot degrees
1 3/4 cups ground old fashioned oats (oatmeal)
3/4 cup flax seed (meal)
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
4 tablespoons butter/margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (failed on the no sugar front)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 tbsp any liquid within reason (I used my watered down formerly iced coffee)

icing/glaze (optional - its your kitchen/mouth/toddler)
4 oz cream cheese softened
2 tbsp almond or regular milk
1 tsp sweetener/sugar/honey

I know I should've creamed the butter, pumpkin, sugar, egg, and vanilla together first and then alternately added the dry ingredients whilst blending but I didn't. I just dumped everything in the bowl and mixed.
 appetizing meets her maker

I then made sure a neglected and far too quiet Julia was still breathing ...
 and more obviously.

I scooped whole tablespoons of the batter onto a greased cookie sheet and baked for 14 minutes -- but I think our oven is extra hot -- so you might want to run with more time.

With my 14 minutes I peeked outside to make sure Sebastian hadn't run away...
right where I left him ... with three visitors ... two immodest, one modest.

And with the remaining 13 minutes and 50 seconds I whipped together the icing ingredients.
Just like that.
And then just dipped the hot cookie tops directly into the icing.
FYI - Julia cared little to not at all for the icing - so maybe save yourself the trouble and nix/skip/omit that step.

Anyway .... then feed your unsuspecting young
 and consider your work done.



  1. Your picture quality has improved drastically lately, Grace! I am really enjoying the visual side of your posts and as always the text is quite enjoyable.

    Catching up on blogreading while my dear hubby beatboxes to our cranky baby in an attempt to distract her from the fact that she really, truly, desperately, needs to go to sleep.

  2. I second Emily on the awesome photog skills...I wouldn't even know where to start. Great job on the cookies. I may have to try this next week. See Bass outside in the Bumbo about killed me. And, although Julia is as evil a toddler as mine are, she does have one of the sweetest faces around.

  3. I love that she has the same "I don't know if I like this yet" face in both the garlic post and the cookie post. :)

  4. YUM! Love the immodest visitors! SO FUNNY!

  5. Ditto on the photos, also hooray for Julia's sometimes absent smile!

  6. I just love that it looks like she's in the bumbo in the last pic! Definitely Want to --but will I follow through-- make the carrot cookies

  7. 1) you know I totally just pinned this
    2) have I mentioned that she and Paul are two halves of the same child? Despite their age and gender differences? True story.

  8. those are genius!! I need to make some of those for my son. he has been refusing to eat real food lately....

    I just found your blog and it is so cute!! glad I found it :)

  9. Mmmm! These look delicious!

    That last picture of Julia is so sweet!



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