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Feb 27

Carrot Cake Brownies

Love Carrot Cake? Then you’ll love these Carrot Cake Brownies! Chocolate meets spice in this delicious fudgy Springtime treat!

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So you all know how my husband is with all the desserts I make, right? Like:

Me: “Hey honey! I made scones for breakfast today! Want one?”
Him: “Um, no. That’s fine. I’ll stick with my bran flakes.”

Or,

Jordan: “Daaaaaaad, you haaaaave to have some of my Chocolate Mint Poke Cake birthday cake! It’s my birthday!”
Him: “Okay, I’ll have a bite.” {As he proceeds to get a fork and have a bite. ONE bite.}

Or,

Me: “Oooh, I made truffle brownie pops today! Want one?”
Him: “Nah. I’ll just have my Weight Watcher’s Brownie, but thanks!”

Seriously, I’m not kidding. Or exaggerating.

{Don’t get me wrong – I love and envy his willpower. But, really. Married to a dessert blogger? It’s comical, really.}

But I know his weakness. His one, single, solitary weakness: Carrot Cake.

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If I make carrot cake he has to have some. It’s a compulsion. Like I am when I make…well when I make anything.

I like making carrot cake into things. So he has to try them. I’ve made cinnamon rolls. And cake pops. And pie.

And now? Now I’ve really gone and done it. I’ve made Carrot Cake Brownies. Oh yes, I did.

And he couldn’t resist them. He even told me they were “really, really good!”

Not “too sweet”.

Not “too rich”.

I got a “Really, really good.”

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And they are! Really, really good!

I took my zucchini brownies (the same ones I used as a base for the vegan brownies) and turned them into Spring’s newest favorite chocolate treat.

It’s a rich chocolate brownie that is infused with the spice flavors of carrot cake: cinnamon and ground ginger. And carrots, of course. Don’t be scared of the carrots in the brownies, really. They aren’t overwhelming. Think of a carrot cake – is all you taste the carrots? The carrots in these brownies really give a little texture and a hint of carrot cake flavor. The cinnamon and ground ginger really go the extra mile. It’s like magic being paired with the chocolate.

{Yes, I know there aren’t any raisins or pineapple in these. I can’t stand those things in regular carrot cake (or in life, for that matter) so they aren’t in the brownies. But, you could totally add some nuts and raisins if that floats your boat!}

And, well. Carrot cake and cream cheese frosting are, like, married. So, as amazing as these were plain, I decided to give some of them a cream cheese drizzle. I was too lazy to make a full cream cheese frosting, so this glaze was perfect. With or without it though, these are some of my favorite brownies ever. Seriously!

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And, like, my husband loved them. That’s endorsement enough!

Carrot Cake Brownies

Fudgy brownies filled with the flavors of carrot cake!


Ingredients:

For the brownies:



  • 1/2 cup oil

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup cocoa

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots


For the glaze:



  • 2 ounces room temperature cream cheese

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

  2. Stir together oil, sugar, and egg. Stir in vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, salt and ground ginger. Slowly stir in flour.

  3. Stir in grated carrots.

  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake 25-28 minutes. Cool before frosting.

  5. To make frosting: Whisk cream cheese and powdered sugar. (If your cream cheese is too hard to whisk, you can use a hand mixer.) Add milk and vanilla. Drizzle over brownies. Note: glaze will not harden much, so don't stack them!


If your carrots are very wet, be sure to pat them dry before adding them to the batter.


Carrot Cake Brownies

If you love Carrot Cake treats, you should head on over to Something Swanky today. Turns out, she was posting carrot cake goodies tonight too! Head on over and check out her Carrot Cake Poke Cake. In true Ashton form, it’s fabulous!

Other Carrot Cake Goodness:

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes

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Carrot Cake Coffee Cake

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Sweets from friends:
Carrot Cake Muddy Buddies by Something Swanky
Carrot Cake Ice Cream by Kitchen Meets Girl
Carrot Cake Donuts by Inside BruCrew Life