Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, like most things in life, makes me think of Pine Cove.

Carrot cake cookie bars with cinnamon cream cheese frosting
April 9: Foreground

I don’t know how the debate began, but by the end of my third summer working at Pine Cove, the summer staff were engaged in a serious, opinionated discussion about carrot cake.  I sided with the pro-carrot-cake side of the debate, led by the assistant work crew director.  But, the carrot cake haters also had a strong team.

I remember that the debate continued on GroupMe for several months after camp ended, but I don’t think we ever reached a consensus.

What do you think about carrot cake?  Yay or nay?

Carrot Cake Cookie Bars.jpg


  • 1 box (15 oz.) carrot cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 box (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, applesauce, and cinnamon.  Mix well.  Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer mixture to pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and cinnamon until smooth.
  • Cut cookie bars into 16 rectangles.  Cut each rectangle in half diagonally.  Spread frosting evenly on top of a triangle, and top with another triangle to make a sandwich.  Note:  if you are making sandwich cookies, you will only need 1/2 of the frosting.
  • Eat and enjoy!


P.S. I am linking up with Angie @ Fiesta Friday and Ai @ Ai Made It For You for Fiesta Friday.

8 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. I love myself a well-made carrot cake! I have had some pretty sad versions, so probably these naysayers haven’t come across the right sort of carrot cake yet. 😀

    I absolutely love the look of your Carrot Cake Cookie Bar Sandwiches! I could demolish a plateful of these right away. 🙂

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