Carrot Cake Cookies

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Here’s the second recipe from Raddish’s Kids kit featuring spring produce, this time sneaking grated carrots into yummy cookies. It was interesting to see Travis’s reaction when he realized we were adding carrot into the batter. He loves carrots, but couldn’t comprehend that they could go in a sugary cake recipe! I’m happy to report the final result got big smiles.

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Ingredients:

For the cookies:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 2 Ener-G eggs

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 4 ounces non-dairy cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter with the brown sugar, sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla, beating until combined.
  3. Add the grated carrot and Ener-G eggs, beating until blended.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the carrot mixture, beating until combined. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Line two sheets with foil, and then roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, arranging 15 per sheet. Wet your fingers and press into the center of the cookies to flatten. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes.Carrot Cake Cookies (2)
  6. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the pans.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting: combine the cream cheese, 4 tablespoons Earth Balance butter, powdered sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a stand mixer; beat until smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting onto half of the cooled cookies. Place the remaining cookies on top to make cookie sandwiches.

We finished with a read about others signs of spring on the recipe card, like birds and flowers, and also got ideas for more ways to sneak veggies into our desserts in the future – beet red velvet cake anyone?

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I Hear Thunder

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We’ve had crazy weather lately, including unseasonable May snow today. It had me thinking about weather songs to sing with Veronika, and this one has always been a favorite.

First, I simply sang the words for Veronika:

I hear thunder. I hear thunder.

Hear it roar. Hear it roar.

Pitter patter raindrops,

Pitter patter raindrops.

I’m all wet. I’m all wet.

The second time through, we added actions. You can just use your body at first: stomp feet on the floor for thunder, flutter your fingers through the air for rain, and give a big shiver at the end.

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The shiver in particular made Veronika laugh every time!

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Then we added props. Drums made the perfect thunder of course.

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And shaky instruments like maracas and rain sticks were great for raindrops.

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Veronika chimed in (literally!) on the triangle.

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This all made for fun musical play on a windy cold morning.

Dress-Up Box

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Veronika has played dress-up with tot-sized clothes in the past, but sometimes it’s even more fun just to raid mommy’s closet!

Today, I pulled out items that were either old or that I simply didn’t mind Veronika playing with, and we set everything out on the ground for easy access.

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In no time, she was trying on old bathrobes and sports jerseys (which looked more like adorable dresses on her!).

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Add accessories like hats, purses, and shoes, and the mixing and matching can begin!

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For added fun, we decided our dress-up trunk (really just an old box) needed some sprucing up.

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Big brother joined in to help paint the sides of the box in multiple colors. This got pretty messy pretty quickly, but there’s no time like a chilly May morning to make a mess indoors!

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We left the pile of clothes out pretty much all day, and every time she went over to it, Veronika selected something new.

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Do your kids have a favorite dress-up item? Please share in the comments!

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