Carrot Oatmeal Cream Pies are a fun spin on a nostalgic, childhood treat. Two soft cookies that are loaded with fresh carrot, oats and spices are smooshed together with a decadent, cream cheese frosting. Each bite will take you back in time! These cookie sandwiches are the perfect combination between a carrot cake and a classic oatmeal cream pie. They will disappear before you know it!
What KJ Loves about this Recipe
An excuse to eat two cookies at once? Count me in haha! I love how these Carrot Oatmeal Cream Pies remind you of the nostalgic, childhood treat, but they are SO much better. The cookies are perfectly spiced, loaded full of wonderful carrot flavor and then smooshed together with cream cheese frosting. Can you ever go wrong with cream cheese frosting? I don’t think so! Take your oatmeal cream pies to the next level with this recipe! A fun treat to not only make and eat, but share!
All things Carrot
Since this is a Carrot Oatmeal Cream Pie recipe, we need to talk about carrots!
When it comes to carrots for this recipe, the best ones to use are whole carrots that have been peeled and grated. Whole carrots have a sturdier texture to them vs. baby carrots, which tend to have a higher water content. Another great thing about whole carrots is that they have a wonderful, bright orange color that stands out even through the baking process.
How to Measure Grated Carrot
Measuring grated carrot is very similar to measuring brown sugar. Pack the grated carrot into the measuring cup to get the most accurate result!
Let’s Make Some Cookies
Start these cream pies off by making a wonderfully spiced and carrot-speckled cookie dough.
Cream the butter together with the sugar and brown sugar until nice and fluffy. This is the only time in the cookie-making process where we can do this. Once the eggs and then the dry ingredients are added in, you want to be careful to not over-mix. No dense cookies over here!
After the cookies are baked until perfectly golden brown, allow them to cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring them a wire rack to cool completely. It’s very important that the cookies are completely cooled before you start assembling the cream pies. Otherwise, the frosting will melt from the heat of the cookies and you will end up with a sloppy mess. Not ideal!
PS: use a cookie scoop to get even-sized cookies. This will be important since we are smooshing cookies together – they need to be as equal-sized as possible!
Since the cookies need to be completely cooled before assembling the cream pies, the cookies can be made in a day in advance and stored in an air-tight container or bag. Then, make the frosting and assemble as instructed. Or, a little patience goes a long ways and you can wait for the cookies to cool the day of. Either works!
Tips for Assembling
Once the cookies are cooled and the cream cheese frosting is creamy and ready to go, it’s time to assemble the Carrot Oatmeal Cream Pies! Here’s some tips to get the perfect cream pie:
- Cooled Cookies – if your cookies are still hot from the oven, the frosting will melt and it will be a sloppy mess. Make sure the cookies are properly cooled to room temperature before starting to assemble.
- Cookie Match-making – use your eye to match cookies together that are similar in shape and size. I like to make two rows right next to each other with the paired cookies sitting across from each other. Then, flip one row over so that the bottoms are showing. That way, you can just go down the line of the turned-over cookies with the frosting and know that every cookie has a partner waiting!
- Tablespoon Scoop – about a tablespoon or so of frosting is used per cookie sandwich (I like to use an over-flowing tablespoon). If you have a tablespoon scoop, use that! Otherwise, use a tablespoon measuring spoon the first couple times to get a feel of how much frosting it is. Then, you can eye-ball it the rest of the way.
- Frosting in the Middle – place the frosting in the middle of the cookie and then just barely start to spread it out to the edges, but not all the way. That way, when the other cookie is place on top and gently smooshed together, the frosting will come out to the edges, but not over-flow.
Carrot Oatmeal Cream Pies FAQ’s
Should I use baby carrots or whole carrots?
I recommend using peeled, whole carrots for this recipe. Whole carrots tend to have a more-dense texture and brighter orange color. Baby carrots have a higher water content.
Can these Carrot Oatmeal Cream Pies be made in advance?
Yes! There’s a couple ways this can be done. One way is to make the cookies a day in advance, and then make the frosting and assemble the day-of. Or secondly, make the cream pies in advance and carefully store them in an air-tight container (gently stacked) so that the frosting doesn’t spread all over the place.
How should I store these Carrot Oatmeal Cream Pies?
Store the cream pies in an air-tight container gently stacked. Since they do have a cream cheese frosting in them, storing them in the refrigerator is the best option. They can be set out on the counter to come to room temperature before serving so that they are not cold and hard.
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Recipe originally posted on 4/5/2019 – updated on 4/8/2022.