Merry Christmas!!! Wishing you a lovely time celebrating …and eating!
Christmas would not be complete without the scent of cookies baking. Last year we made Zimtsterne, but this year I thought we would combine the old tradition of baking Christmas cookies with the new one of having a ‘Vegetable of the Week’. As this week’s veg is carrot, we present: Carrot Oat Cookies.
I cannot really say that I made these cookies, as about ten hands – large and small – contributed to creating mixing and rolling these. But the verdict is unanimous: we will not be waiting for Christmas to make these again.
The only change will be making is using less sugar (the original recipe asks for 6 tbs of each of the sugars, 4 should be enough). Also this time round we only had all-purpose flour. Although the cookies tasted fabulous we will use whole-wheat flour next time.
(altered only slightly from the blog ‘Marcus Samuelsson’)
Makes about 20 cookies
90g (3/4 cup) whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder (or ½ tsp of baking soda)
3/4 tsp coarse salt
113g (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
4 (to 6) tbsp superfine sugar
4 (to 6) tbsp light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
90g (1 cup) rolled oats (NL: havermout)*
130g (1 cup) grated carrot, from about 1 large to 4 small carrots
- In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl mix together the butter and sugar using a mixed. Beat on medium-high for a few minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla. Mix together on a low speed until all is well combined.
- Clean and grate the carrot.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter.
- Add carrot and oats. Mix on a low speed to combine.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15-60 min.
- Preheat the oven to 180C (375F).
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. (Yes, you do need two sheets as the dough spreads during baking.)
- With cold, wet hands roll balls out of a tablespoon of the mixture at a time. Press lightly between your palms to create small disks.
- Bake for 10-12 min until golden.
- Allow to cool on a rack.
Tip & Variations
- If you only have regular oats very briefly whizz them in a food processor or coffee grinder.
- The original recipe adds chocolate chips
For the health benefits of carrots look here.