Venango County Recipe of the Day: Carrot Spice Thumbprint Cookies

| May 25, 2023

Venango County Recipe of the Day: Carrot Spice Thumbprint Cookies – Sponsored by Top Tier Federal Credit Union.

They’re even topped with a rich cream cheese frosting!


1 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/2 cups shredded carrots
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Additional confectioners’ sugar


-Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream together margarine and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cloves; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in carrots, walnuts, and cranberries.

-Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in the center of each with the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measure.

-Bake until edges begin to brown, 10-12 minutes. Reshape indentations as needed. Cool on pans for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

-For frosting, beat butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until blended. To serve, fill each cookie with about 1-1/2 teaspoons frosting; sprinkle with additional confectioners’ sugar. Refrigerate leftover filled cookies.

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