Carrot Cake Crisps

I had a wonderful Easter the other day. It was a beautiful day and I got to spend time with Eric and my family. It was also my mom's birthday... the day after the baby was born. Isn't that crazy?

I almost always bake the cake for everyone's birthday. I decided to bake my mom a hummingbird cake for her birthday. A hummingbird cake has banana, pecans, pineapple, and a little bit of spice in the batter, and is frosted with cream cheese icing. Sounds amaaazing, right? Unfortunately, I had to bake the cake after a long night of waiting tables, and I was already exhausted. I tried creating my own recipe, but I failed miserably. The cakes were too thin and I overbaked them. the sides of the cakes got a little bit crispy, so I tried cutting them off. But then the cake wasn't round anymore, and it looked sloppy. So I chucked the whole thing in the trash. The flavor of the cake and frosting were really nice, though, so maybe I'll try again.

The next morning I went to the grocery store and bought a carrot cake for mom. :(
I didn't have a choice! Please don't judge me.

I hope the gift I bought her makes up for bringing a store-bought cake. I bought her a gift card to get a spa pedicure! Oooh. I think I'm going to go with her. Whooooo hooooo. I've never had a pedi before.

Anyway, it was a very nice Easter. I got to hang out with my family, AND Eric's family. I got to eat a lot of barbecue and baked beans. Lots and lots of beans.
My grandma and her husband, Elmer (my step-grandfather?), came down for an Easter visit.

Elmer is quite a character. He turns ninety next month and spends his time driving his minivan around the country with my grandma in the passenger's seat. They often stop to eat at buffets. Elmer's favorite foods include pork chops, corn, and candy corn drizzled with chocolate sauce. He likes to wear suspenders and cowboy hats every day. He enjoys reading Harlequin romance books.

This was his current read:

Is that the Great Wall in the background? I think this one might take place in China. How intriguing!

I googled it - it takes place in Hong Kong. Click here for full description.

Grandma and Elmer visit Mexico quite frequently. I'm not sure what they do there, except buy stuff. They brought us this giant Pooh pinata. I had Eric pose by it. He's a good model.

Other Easter activites included Peep eating. Mmmm Peeps. Who likes Peeps? Raise your hand!

I used to like them. Now I have one, and that's enough.

We had our annual wheelbarrow races, of course. Followed by the potato sack race, and the fifty yard dash.

Just kidding. That would be fun, though. If I have a family one day, I'm going to force them to particpate in family activities.

By the end of the day I was exhausted and couldn't hold my eyes open any longer, and fell asleep in this picture.

I'm dreaming of cookies.

What a day, what a day. So I don't have a hummingbird or carrot cake recipe for you today, but I do have another cookie recipe. Carrot Cake Crisps are crispy cookies made with grated carrots, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, spices, toasted coconut, toasted pecans and raisins.

So good. SO good, people. You need to try these cookies immediately.

Carrot Cake Crisps

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup finely grated carrot
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1/3 cup crushed pineapple
1/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, brown sugar and maple syrup until creamy - about 1-2 minutes; beat in vanilla and egg until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. Beat in carrot, coconut, pecans, pineapple and raisins until combined.

Drop flat, round spoonfuls of batter onto cookie sheets, about an inch apart. Bake 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown and firm. Turn oven off and leave cookies in oven for 1 hour or until crisp. Cool on wire racks.

Makes 20 cookies


  1. these look good! ive a feeling i will try these before carrot cake! never had one before.

    and your wheelbarrow picture is really nice!

  2. If a recipe has carrot cake in the title, I'm all over it ;). I recently made carrot cake granola, and I'm thinking that my next baking excursion will be these fantastic cookies!

  3. looks like you had a fabulous easter! bummer about the cake, i'm sure your mom didn't mind the carrot cake. it does sound like a fabulous combo, i've been meaning to try it myself!

  4. I've never had a hummingbird cake and I would never judge having to go out and buy a cake either. At least you tried right? Too funny about Elmer and the romance novels! Love it. As always, your cookies sound fantastic. Love the picture of you in the wheelbarrow by the way.

  5. Glad you had such a special Easter Emily. I remember all the bruises from my brother carting me around in a wheelbarrow:D

  6. Sorry about your baking fail! I know I've been there too. Elmer sounds like quite the character, how fun to have someone like that in your life! The cookies sound delish :)

  7. I find that when I cake gets ruined, a clever thing to do is take the pieces and make them into a trifle. No one notices the cake is a mess and you get more gooey goodness for your trouble. I could see your cake being layered wiht pineapple and vanilla pudding and maybe splash banana liquer over the cake layers.

    Such a wonderful Easter! I wish I could get my family to do more group games too. At least a little frisbee would be nice! You all had something very special to celebrate iwth the new baby.

  8. LoL! This post cracked me up! My favorite part was the picture of the harlequin romance and the picture of the pinata with Eric next to it. Good times :) I like this Elmer guy. I'm sorry your cake for your mom didn't turn out well! I found an awesome recipe for carrot cake cupcakes on, but I'm sure you have your own so I won't link ya. Your crisps look delicious! :)

  9. You'll love getting a pedicure. They are amazing! Glad that you had a good Easter. My dad would absolutely love these cookies. Carrot cake is his fave.

  10. I LOVE Carrot Cake, SO naturally these cookies look awesome to me. I also love those pictures of you with your honey. TOO CUTE. And did you style your gorgeous hair for hours? It looks glorious.

    I wish you hadn't said there was no wheelbarrow race, although I was wondering about your footwear.

  11. I love reading your posts, Emily, you always make me smile, which is definitely needed at the moment. It looks like your easter was fantastic, and those cookies look very yummy. I love c arrot cake anything. I need to make a carrot cake. Maybe that will be my next endeavor! For now, I have a lovely batch of frozen cookie dough in the freezer that I keep baking up one at a time for dessert, because warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies are on the top of my favorite foods list!

  12. Fabulous idea!! I'm sorry the cake didn't work out, but I'm sure your mom loved the carrot cake and appreciated your thoughtfulness!

    And hey - if you love hummingbird cake, try my hummingbird pancakes:

  13. Glad you had such a great Easter :) Happy Bday to your mom! Carrot cake is my favorite so I know I would polish off quite a few of these tasty treats up :)

  14. This post is hilarious! Your family seems really fun, glad you had a good Easter!

  15. seems like a good time was had by all! and hey--what would be wrong with a wheelbarrow race? i think that might be dandy. :)
    great cookies--where's the cream cheese frosting? :)

  16. The cookies look great and sound different! When you mentioned about the Hummingbird cake not coming out so great, it gave me comfort!!! I'm not alone with my disasters!!! lol...Elmer sounds like a character and lots of fun. How cute that he reads romance novels!

  17. Bummer for the cake, yay for the cookies! I WILL try them!

  18. These looks so delicious and tempting...yum! Funny, my FIL likes to read cheesy romance novels too!

  19. Yum! I can't wait to try these cookies!
    Love the pic with the peeps, I feel the same way these days!

  20. Sounds like you had a fab Easter. Happy belated BD to your Mom! A spa pedicure more than makes up for the cake. Some great photos there. Peeps are new to me - the other day I saw Mad men pepps on FB, and that is the first time I'd heard of them. Love these cookies - yum!

  21. You are so cute! even with your eyes closed in that picture.

    I love Peeps. I can't eat just one.

    I will try those cookies. They look delicious.

  22. Sounds like a sneaky way to get kids to eat vegetables, I love it!

  23. Glad you had a nice Easter. Great cookie creation!

  24. YUM!!! I love carrot cake. It is indeed quite sad that your Hummingbird cake did not turn out the way you wanted, but there's always next year! :D

  25. YUM!!! I love carrot cake. It is indeed quite sad that your Hummingbird cake did not turn out the way you wanted, but there's always next year! :D

  26. How interesting - I've never seen carrot used in a biscuit, only cake!

  27. Hello Emily, I love your recipes and I a see as always are awesome, huggs. gloria

  28. Carrot cake anything sounds good to me!!! These look so good!!!

  29. Emily

    I am actually bookmarking this cookie recipe; it is exactly what I have been looking for; thanks!

  30. Sorry your hummingbird can didn't pan out as expected, but your carrot cake crisps more than made up for it!

    Sounds like you had a lot of Easter fun...and I think it's a scream your step-grandfather reads Harlequin romances. My mother did too. I inherited a huge box of them...mostly by Margaret Way. Really old ones, too. Elmer would love them!

    I am raising my hand for peeps!

  31. can we have a photo of elmer next time? he sounds awesome. i would like to meet him and hear about his adventures with your grammy. i would also like to be in his book club ;)

  32. What fun you had at easter!

    Your carrot cookies look delightful, Emily!

  33. I want to hang out with Elmer, but I'll take a pass on the Peeps. :)

    I think the spa pedi definitely makes up for the store bought cake!

  34. Thanks everyone!

    Rachel, I love trifle! That's a very good idea.

    Me, haha. I'm glad you like Elmer.

    Sue, thank you. Nope. I just woke up and rolled out of bed. ;)

    Knitsteel, why thank you!

    Brigitte... good idea. I should post pictures of him! And a book club is a fantastic idea.

  35. sounds like an adventure to me and the cookies look so good!! YUM!

  36. These look delectable. I would be dreaming of them too.

  37. I've always wanted to try making a hummingbird cake--too bad yours didn't work out this time!! And those cookies sound amazing--carrot cake has to be one of my favorite flavors.

  38. Carrot cake is my little (well, 23 year old) brother's favorite! I'll have to make these for him when he comes to visit!

  39. Yum! Sometimes I get tired (it's true) of choc chunk cookies and need a change, but most 'fruity' or 'vegetable-y' cookies tend to be almost cake-like, not my cuppa. THESE SOUND AWEESOMEEE

  40. I've never met a man that likes to read romance novels - too funny! Looks like a wonderful Easter, adn some great cookies!

  41. Haha now this is a post I enjoyed reading!! Seems like you had a great time :)