Growing up, my mother made carrot cake at least twice per year. I LOVE her carrot cake! The warm aroma of spices and the sweet, smooth cream cheese frosting. Oh man…what I wouldn’t do for a slice right now. I’d request she bake one but she’s stuck in Texas for the rest of the year so I have to do these things on my own for now. Not cool.
I was heading to a family reunion last weekend and had to take a dish. I decided cookies would be good. Knowing I had a huge bag of carrots in the fridge, I headed to Pinterest to see if there was a recipe for carrot cake cookies. Well…of course there is!
I found this recipe by Amy’s Healthy Baking blog: Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies (which I recommend – just don’t do what I did.)
I followed the directions as well as I knew how. I’d never baked anything with carrots. I didn’t know that when they say, grated carrots, they meant carrots, grated. I pulled out my peeler and shredded those bad boys. I peeled them like I would any vegetable or fruit…in long strands. I did, at one point, think to myself ‘I wonder if I should chop these strands up more in my Ninja blender?’. But then I thought, ‘Nah, I think they’ll soften up enough to pull right apart’.
Peeled carrot strands don’t soften to a point that they get mushy and fall right apart. Hence, I ended up with shoe-string-like carrots in my cookies. Weird. They tasted good but it was weird eating them. Almost like pulling a piece of hair out of your freshly baked cookie. Ok, maybe not that bad…but still…not good.
Tip: When baking with carrots, grated carrots are not the same as shredded carrots.
What baking blunders have you made in the past? I’d love to hear them and know I’m not alone in this world of baking bad.