Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cups

Cookies and cupcakes are rolled into one in these giant carrot cake cookie cups that are filled AND topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting.  Great Easter dessert recipe idea!

Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cup recipe with whipped buttercream frosting that is perfect for Easter dessert!

I’m so excited to share these giant carrot cake cookie cups with you today.  Not only because they are amazing and in perfect timing to make for an Easter dessert, but because I’ve had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now to make giant cookie cups in a JUMBO muffin pan (you can buy one here for really cheap!  I linked to the exact one I have).  Finally something that I did the dreaded Google search for and came up with nothing – meaning no one had gone before me in the giant cookie cup world (at least that I could find).  I am treading on new territory and so excited about it.  I decided that I am going to make this a “thing” here on Wishes and Dishes by consistently providing you with new ideas for jumbo cookie cups.

Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cup recipe with whipped buttercream frosting that is perfect for Easter dessert!

This is how full I made the muffin tin before baking

Now, I’ve made many cookie cups in the past (in mini muffin tins) and had tons of fun coming up with ideas for those, but these babies are cupcake size…they even look a little like cupcakes at first glance!  But, nope, they are a cookie base filled with frosting in the middle and topped with frosting like a cupcake.  How fun is that? I thought about what a great alternative these would be for a birthday party or any other occasion calling for cupcakes:  cookies and cupcakes rolled into one!

If you love carrot cake you will love these – they aren’t overly sweet and the frosting is a decadent, light, whipped consistency.  And a dessert with carrots in it MUST be health food, right?  Enjoy!

Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cup recipe with whipped buttercream frosting that is perfect for Easter dessert!

Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cup recipe with whipped buttercream frosting that is perfect for Easter dessert!

This is after I made the indentation with the tablespoon scoop

Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cup recipe with whipped buttercream frosting that is perfect for Easter dessert!

Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cup recipe with whipped buttercream frosting that is perfect for Easter dessert!

Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cups
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Serves: about 8, depending on size
 
Cookies and cupcakes are rolled into one in these giant carrot cake cookie cups that are filled AND topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting. Great Easter dessert recipe idea!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • ¾ cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • crushed walnuts, for topping (optional)
Frosting
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease jumbo muffin tin with cooking spray (grease well).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, stir in the crushed pineapple and carrots.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir that into the carrot mixture.
  5. Fill jumbo muffin tins to about half full with the cookie batter (this step is pictured above).
  6. Bake for about 17 minutes in the preheated oven or until cookie cups are set (mine took exactly 17 minutes).
  7. Make indentation in cookie cups while still hot with the back of a tablespoon or cookie scoop (this step is pictured above). This indentation is where you will put frosting into.
  8. Allow cookie cups to cool COMPLETELY before trying to remove from pan. They should come out easily by just pulling them out with your fingers or use a knife to help pop them out.
  9. Pipe frosting (directions below) into the cup and mound it on top to your preference.
  10. Top with crushed walnuts, if desired.
Frosting
  1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form (be patient - it could take several minutes); set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  3. Beat in whipped cream.

Recipe source:  a Wishes and Dishes original

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

39 Responses to “Giant Carrot Cake Cookie Cups”

  1. April 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

    Oh how I love these cookie cups!! What a fantastic idea!

  2. April 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM #

    Every spring, my carrot cake craving hits big time… especially now with a baby on the way! Giant + carrot cake + frosting is my love language. These cookie cups look incredible, Ashley!

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      ‘Tis the season for carrot cake cravings!! Congrats on the baby!!!!

  3. April 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM #

    Oh, these are fun! Terrific idea! They look great, and I know the flavor must be amazing. Really good stuff — thanks.

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      Thanks so much, John!!

  4. Ginny McMeans
    April 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM #

    I just love these!

  5. April 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM #

    I have been craving carrot cake!! Okay now I need a dozen please! :)

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      ‘Tis the season! LOL!

  6. April 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    I’ll have to make these for my husband. He is in love with carrot cake!

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM #

      I think he’ll love them!! Thanks, Karen!

  7. April 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM #

    I’m a big cookie cups fan here AND a big carrot cake fan. How fun is this?

    • April 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM #

      Thanks Rebecca! I love cookie cups :)

  8. April 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM #

    I love cookie cups! I made them for the first time last year and have a few ideas for a spring version I’m toying with right now! Carrot cake is such a great idea – and that frosting!

  9. April 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM #

    Cute and tasty looking cups!

  10. April 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM #

    I am drooling – yum!!

  11. April 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM #

    What a neat idea, Ashley! So much more fun than just a regular carrot cake. :)

  12. April 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM #

    Oh man, I almost wish I hadn’t seen these. Carrot cake is my fave and putting it in cookie form alone is awesome. But to make giant cookie cups and then add frosting. I want one asap!!!!!

  13. April 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM #

    How fun are these? I can see new flavors and filling them with candy, caramel, marshmallows… Yum!

    • April 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM #

      Thanks – yes they are SO fun!

  14. April 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM #

    Ashley – “cookie cups” is a BRILLIANT idea and these huge carrot cake ones are mouthwatering-so looking forward to the other cookie cups you come up with!

    • April 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM #

      Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to share some more cookie cup ideas!

  15. April 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

    Holy Moly! These cookie cups look amazing! I’d like to just swipe my finger through that cream cheese frosting. Yum!

    • April 11, 2014 at 1:29 AM #

      Thank you Cindy!!

  16. April 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM #

    WHOA. Methinks you need to mosey your cute little booty over to CA so you can make these for Dorothy and I. Because even the carrot cake hater in me can’t resist that huge dollop of frosting and that gooey, soft center. Pinned!

    • April 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM #

      Oh yes it’s all about the frosting here! Thanks for the pin!!

  17. April 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM #

    I’m a big fan of carrot cake with lots of cream cheese frosting. These cookie cups are genius!

  18. April 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM #

    These cups are perfect for the frosting lover in me :D Carrot cake is my favorite. I’ve never added pineapple, so I’m going to have to try your recipe. Sounds tasty!

    • April 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM #

      Thanks- I love frosting too!

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