Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

makes 1 dozen sandwich cookies 

1 box carrot cake mix

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs, beaten

Cream cheese frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened

8 oz cream cheese

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sweetened coconut


In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, raisins, oil, and eggs. Drop tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, keep a close eye that they don’t burn. Cool completely. Meanwhile, in a stand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla until completely mixed. Cover bowl and refrigerate while preparing the coconut. Spread coconut in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 2-6 minutes until golden brown. To assemble cookies, spread frosting on one cookie, top with a second cookie, and roll in toasted coconut. Keep cookies refrigerated, but allow them to come to room temperature before serving.