Sandra Lee makes a favorite cake into treats. And with half the work done for you (thanks, cake mix), the recipe's easy enough to double for a party.
- One 18-ounce box carrot cake mix
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 large room temperature eggs
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 carrot, grated
- 12 ounces room temperature cream cheese
- 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
and carrots. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the batter by 2-tablespoon mounds onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. Remove and cool 5 minutes on the sheets before moving to a wire rack and cooling completely.
To assemble: Put the filling into a resealable bag and snip the corner to make a 1/2-inch opening. Put the walnuts into a shallow dish or pie plate. Flip over one carrot cake cookie and pipe a dollop of filling onto the center. Top with another cookie and press gently to spread the filling to the edges. Roll the edges of the whoopie pie in the chopped walnuts and set aside. Repeat
with the remaining cookies and filling. Arrange the pies on a serving platter and serve.
From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.