Cookie Friday: Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

I knew Kevin would not be a fan of any cookie recipe with “itty bitty” in the title. He prefers his cookies with words like “monster” perhaps “cowboy” in the title.

However, he’s a huge carrot cake fan so I guess he decided to let this one slide!

Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies  (via Oh She Glows)


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I’m sure other flours would work!)
  • 1/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots, packed
  • 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, room temperature   <— I organic agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed for about 25 seconds in microwave <— I subbed Melt buttery spread — it has coconut in it!!
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and line 1 baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick mat. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and oats in a large bowl. Add in the nuts, coconut, raisins, and shredded carrots. In a small bowl mix the maple syrup, softened coconut oil, vanilla, and freshly grated ginger. Add this to the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Drop about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough onto lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Shape into a ball with hands. Bake for about 12 minutes and cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

Yield: 15 bite-sized cookies.

Nutritional info: (per cookie): 54kcals, 2 grams fat, 8 grams carbs, 1 gram fibre, 1 gram protein, 5 grams sugar.

I’m sure the frosting adds a few extra calories, but I made two frosted ones for Kevin’s after-work snack! Today was another half-day for me — hooray!

These cookies came about because I found unsweetened coconut in Super Target last night!!! I was so happy! I’ve been looking for it forever… in all the wrong places, but still!!!

After I pulled the cookies out of the oven, I headed to the apartment’s gym armed with my trusty envelope notes & my mat.

I did a 1-mile walk/jog warm-up, and then jumped into this little treat (via BodyRock). Each move was performed for 50 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. The 10 seconds of rest is a joke. Trust me. That’s how long it took me to look at the envelope to see what the next move was.

  • 10 x High Knees & 10 x Mountain Climbers
  • 2 x Squat Jumps & 2 x Push-ups & 1 x Tuck Jumps
  • Centre to Elbow Jump (L&R) & 2 x leg jumps
  • Clean & Press & Squat & Press & Push Up
  • Tuck Jumps x 5 & ½ Burpee & squat hold x 5
  • Spider Knee Push up & Straight Leg Push Up (L&R)
  • Switch Lunge & Press
  • Side Lunge x 2 & L & R Side Punch  & 2 Tuck Jumps
  • 10 x Squat & 10 x Squat Jumps
  • Elbow to Knee jumps 10 x each side
  • Wide leg jumps & Push up
  • Speed run

It was brutal, but only 12 minutes. My legs are crazy sore from all the stairs I’ve been doing  so I have no clue why I decided to do this workout. I just wanted to try it. A new workout is like a new treat for me! Haha.

Plus I had this new app to play with:

It’s actually a Crossfit tool (it’s called like 4 Time Crossfit – just search for Tabata Timer), but can be adapted for any kind of Tabata or HITT workouts. I loved this workout because it doesn’t waste time. I hate wasting time in workouts. I mean, you have 10 seconds “off”, but I promise you it’s nothing. I finished off running for a grand total of 5.8 miles (including the warm-up).

And now I’m ready for some weekend. Unfortunately, Kev-kev was not at the gym with me all weekend so he’s dragged me to our real gym. I’m just going to watch Jeopardy! :)

Are you a carrot cake fan? If not, what’s your favorite kind of cake? I think carrot cake IS my favorite, but I love the frosting the most!!!!!!

Have you ever tried Tabata/BodyRock/Crossfit? On & off. I always have a tendency to seriously overdo them and not be able to sit up for a few days. It’s all those burpees!!

Some historic Cookie Friday cookies:

Soft Gingersnap Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

Chocolate Nutella Cookies

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Best, Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Denver Date Night: Phonecian Kabob + Tim Tams!

Thursday is date night in the Kreisel house!!! When I lived in the DR, my roommate and I would have Sleep-In Thursdays. It was the highlight of our week. We would sleep an extra 15 minutes and pay for the luxury of riding to school in a taxi rather than on the bus. I miss that! Now we generally get up earlier on Thursdays so we can workout before we hit the office.

Kev-kev gave a rousing version of “Rock-A-Bye Baby.”

Boyd isn’t QUITE at that level with his evil stepmother. We’re working up to it.

Up tonight: Phonecian Kabob!

Last night, I decided to Google “Lebanese” restaurants. And this one had excellent Google reviews. The Google reviews always really crack up. This might be the one that sold us:

….went to Phoenician Kabob with a friend of mine from Lebanon. Although he was “biased” and gave the food a D-ranking in “true Lebanese taste,” he rated it as a B+ for Lebanese food in America.

I borrowed some photos from the nice people on Yelp because, let’s face it, they went there before dark and ate the exact same food!

For an appetizer, we ordered the garlic dip. This dip was intense. Now, I’ve talked to you about garlic before, but this was even CRAZIER. My mouth was actually burning from how strong the garlic was. The pitas came fresh & hot out of the oven. Yum! I also ordered a lentil soup which I was NOT a fan of. I was not expecting it to be pureed. I felt bad about not really eating it, but I’m always proud of myself for trying new foods!

I ordered the vegetarian combo with falafel, hummus, baba ghannouj, tabbouleh & grape leaves. I even tried the grape leaves. Don’t they look nasty? They are. I liked everything else though. I’m going to be honest and say I mainly ate the pitas, hummus, and garlic dip. Can’t help it! They were my faves!! Kevin ordered a chicken kabob plate which I also sampled.

Aren’t the tables cute? The interior was cozy and sweet, and the employees were very friendly. Kevin made fun of me because I felt skeptical at first because the location is more downtown, and it was surrounded by tattoo parlors and liquor stores. I’ve just gotten so used to our super quiet, super business-y area of the city!

And then we went to Super Target! I went a little crazy being in another grocery store. I love strolling around grocery stores now that I grocery shop and cook all the time. Kevin was the one who struck gold, however.

Tim Tams! Apparently they are THE COOKIE in Australia. Maybe Jen can confirm or deny this. After all, Kevin was just a tourist. My husband had the time of his life studying abroad for a semester in Australia. I don’t think I will break his heart and remind him how long ago that was! But he loves to talk Australia. It drives me crazy when a friend or stranger gets him started on it! I know he won’t stop. Lol. I guess I could be guilty of that talking about the DR, but I did live there for three years. Not exactly comparable.

I was also informed about the art of the Tim Tam Slam. That’s really special.

What’s the last restaurant you went visited?

Have you ever had a Tim Tam? I did taste a little corner of it. Not too bad although I’m not really a caramel fan.