I customized my coffee using Folgers®, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #MyIcedCafe
Spring has definitely sprung around here. We’re having 70 and 80 degree days, the orchards are all blooming and the local strawberry stands are officially open. Spring is a time we really have to savor here in the desert because it’s the only time of year that the plants and trees are green and pretty. Spring is fleeting here, and once it’s gone we have nearly 6 months of long, hot, dry summer, dead grass and barren trees.
So let’s celebrate spring! One major change that happens in my life this time of year is the switch over from hot coffee to iced. Iced coffee is definitely one of my favorite things about spring and summer.
Folgers® recently sent me some of their new Iced Café to try out. It’s a really convenient way to customize your iced coffee!
All you have to do is add a couple squirts to a glass of milk, and serve over ice (if you like). The Iced Cafés are basically just super concentrated sweetened coffee. I was really impressed by the simple ingredient list. They come in several flavors including Original Latte (if you aren’t into flavored coffee), as well as Hazelnut Latte (my favorite), Vanilla Latte and Caramel Macchiato. It’s a great option when you don’t have time to brew and cool a pot for your iced coffee. They are so quick and convenient. Plus, they come in small, portable bottles so you can take them along and make your iced coffee wherever you can grab a glass of milk.
As soon as you mix your coffee up, the aroma hits you. It smells so good. And tastes just as yummy as those $6 drinks from the coffee shop. Just easier, cheaper and more convenient!
Nothing goes better with coffee than a sweet treat, so I decided to make something yummy to go along with my iced coffee. In keeping with the spring theme, I went with these Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies, which I found (as cookies) on Cooking Classy.
Carrot cake is such a fun spring flavor. I bet the Easter bunny would love if you left him some of these.
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup quick oats
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- 1¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups finely grated carrots
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
- FOR THE FILLING:
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 6 tbsp butter, softened
- Pinch salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- In a bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
- Using an electric or stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract and continue beating until fluffy.
- Add half the dry ingredients to the wet and mix on low until mostly combined. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients. Increase speed to medium and beat until combined.
- Fold in carrots and walnuts. Chill dough for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Drop 2-tbsp balls of dough onto a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 12-13 minutes, until centers are set. Cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, to make the filling, beat together cream cheese, butter, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag (or Ziplock bag with the corner cut off).
- Once the carrot cake has cooled, pipe frosting onto one, then sandwich a second on top.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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[email protected] Well Floured Kitchen says
What a great idea for whoopie pies! I miss iced coffee too, I bet it tastes great with the carrot cake 🙂
You keep me in recipe happiness!
Great minds think alike! I just made some carrot cake sandwich cookies last weekend! I’m loving this version, especially all the carrots and walnuts. Hope you have a great weekend, Jess!
So yummy!! Carrot cake and cream cheese frosting is just the best!! 🙂
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
I LOVE iced coffee in the summer! It would be perfect with a plate of these cookies!
I love sweets with my coffee, and these cookies look like the best kind of treat!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
Believe it or not I still am not a coffee drinker despite the total lack of sleep that I get keeping up with Baby Stella….but I am an avid sugar lover and this carrot cake whoopie pies look divine Jess! LOVE! Pinned!
Haha!! I would die without coffee!! Or… I’d at least have to eat a LOT more sugar. 😉 LOL!
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
I love iced coffee Jess – so this is right up my alley. And, I have to tell you – those cookies look amazing. I have always wanted to make whoopie pies and this makes the desire 10x more intense! Pinned!
Yep, definitely couldn’t live without my iced coffee!! <3 These are seriously some of my fave whoopie pies ever, you should try them!!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
These carrot cake whoopie pies look awesome, Jess! Such a great idea! They would go perfectly with iced coffee!
Love carrot cake and these whoopie pies look amazing! Perfect with a cup of coffee!
Amy @ Fearless Homemaker says
Oh, these look AMAZING! I love carrot cake but layer cakes aren’t exactly my strong suit (mine always are lopsided or uneven!) so these are much more my style. I just showed my husband this post + he wants me to make some this weekend! I may have to do it. =)
Do it!! I totally agree on the layers… they’re hard! Plus, frosting cakes is hard too. I always spread crumbs around everywhere!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I haven’t seen this from Folgers before! It looks so good and such a great way to make iced coffee quickly. I’m definitely looking for this the next time I go grocery shopping! And these whoopie pies look amazing, Jess! Such a great treat to go along with some coffee. Yum!
Amy @ Army Amy says
I’m intrigued by the coffee dropper thingy. I’m not a coffee drinker buy I love a good Frappuccino. I’d like to make them at home to save a few bucks, but I don’t even know how to make coffee. (Should I be embarrassed by that?) This might be the perfect at home frappe solution!
LOL! You could definitely be creative and whip up something frappe-like with these! The vanilla one tastes like a melted milkshake!
Kathy @ Olives & Garlic says
Oh yummy. I’m going to bake a batch to bring to my mom’s for Easter.
I think I’m going to make them again for Easter, too! They were a huge hit with everyone I shared them with!
[email protected] Whole and Heavenly Oven says
Well, I’m definitely craving a big plateful of these gorgeous whoopie pies to go with my coffee now! They look perfect, Jess! Love the filling. 🙂
Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says
Carrot cake is my favourite cake of all time! These whoopie pies look so fun and delicious!