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Carrot Cake Cookies

My mom keeps telling me I should be baking things that are healthier.  She had a couple of friends over to our house the other night and asked me to make something.  While these probably aren’t as healthy as Halie’s brownies they are good.  I figured carrot cake cookies have carrots in them and that’s a vegetable!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup all- purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed, finely grated, peeled carrots
  • 1 cup golden raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 3500F
  2. Whisk together butter, sugars, and egg yolk.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, ginger, and salt.
  4. Add flour mixture to sugar, butter, and egg mixture.
  5. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add in oats, carrots and golden raisins and combine.




A Word On Textbooks and Teacakes

Welcome to Textbooks and Tea Cakes, a student-run food blog started by two student food enthusiasts. The goal behind what we do at Textbooks and Tea Cakes is to share our own cooking and baking endeavors from a student’s perspective. Even though we both love being in the kitchen, we also study and do our homework, so don’t be surprised if you find posts about navigating classes and dorm life side-by-side with recipes for the perfect cherry pie. Our aim to so keep this blog fun, but also informative. So we guess you could try and sum up the idea behind our blog with the following mantra:

That being said, we’re (obviously) not culinary experts by any means. We think this is a good thing. As we learn firsthand about food and school, we’ll try and share our findings as best we can with you, from an accessible perspective. We both love cooking, baking, and eating, so this blog will be primarily food-oriented, but we’re also practical in the sense that we don’t have access to a world-class, fully-equipped kitchen. (Indeed, sometimes only the cramped, stove-less dorm kitchen is all we got to work with.) And one more thing…

We both want this blog to be witty and fun to read. We both have pretty different and intense personalities (read more about us here), so hopefully you’ll see those coming through when we begin writing individual posts. And let us know how we’re doing! We’re also hoping to add more authors to this blog in the future, so if you’re an interested student who can write and loves cooking, shoot us an email.

Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy the ride.

— Lizzie and Halie