Bake something to bring on a picnic

The sun has arrived and the days are warm, so we challenged Peter to bake something to pop into a hamper and enjoy in the great outdoors!

We think Peter's carrot cake cookies are both nutritious and delicious, and perfect for popping into a picnic basket and enjoying with the kids. 

Why not try them yourself? We’ll feature your delightful cookies in the Trex Family BakeryJust Instagram it: #BakingWithTrex.

Carrot Cake Cookies!

As a parent with young children, I'm always on the lookout for a home bake that's healthy. Well, scratch that. Let's say a bake that isn't TOO unhealthy! I also try to find recipes that get the kids involved. So I love these carrot cake cookies because there's plenty to get the kids involved with and you get to squeeze in some carroty goodness!  

Ingredients

  • 100g cream cheese
  • 100g Trex
  • 100g Icing sugar (plus 1 tbs kept aside)
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150g finely grated carrot
  • 250g plain flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

 

Step 1

Mix 1 tbs of icing sugar thoroughly together with the cream cheese in a small bowl, them pop the mix in the fridge. You can even use the freezer, but not for longer than 30 minutes. 

Step 2

This is a good step to get the kids involved and form your own little assembly line! Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl. Meanwhile, with a larger bowl, get the kids to mix the Trex and sugar together with a spatula until nice and creamy. When they're done, beat the egg into the mixture before adding in the grated carrot. 

Step 3

When you've mixed the carrot around a little, add the flour and baking powder mix. Get the kids to continue mixing this artound until you have a workable dough.

Step 4

Assembly line time again! Using a table spoon, divide the cookie mix evenly into balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking tray with a little space between each. Flatten each ball down a bit. Now get your cream cheese and sugar mix out of the fridge. Get the kids to help you with a teaspoon, and place a smaller ball of the cream cheese mix on top of each cookie. When you're finished this, flour everyone's hands, and then lift the sides of each cookie up and around the cream cheese ball, so that they cover it completely.  

Step 5

Place your baking tray with cookie mix balls into the fridge for about 20 minutes to let them settle. While they're in, heat up your over to 200° / fan 180° / Gas Mark 5. Cook for 20 minutes and then let the cookies rest for an hours or so before enjoying with the family. (Don't forget there's hot, sugary creame cheese in there!)