Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Bars

Story

By Claire

When I became a mom I totally thought I’d be the one who could work, have Pinterest worthly meals and all the time in the world to spend with my children. Well reality quickly set in and I realized that more often than not, I could NOT DO IT ALL. I quickly yearned for a slower time- the slow times our clients often spoke of. When they were not distracted with emails, texts, and the monuemental list of tasks just waiting to be crossed off. 

So in order to combat the race we are often in, my girls and I dedicate nights, afternoons, or all day Saturdays to something they want to do. Whether playing American Girl Dolls and being instructed what to do or baking something from a cookbook or our imagination we take these moments to slow down and enjoy our time together. 

When I ran across “The Mother Goose Cookie-Candy Book”, by Anne Rockwell in my “memory box” at my parents I just knew my girls would love it. It was something I adored cooking from with my mom when I was a young girl. So Tuesday  night Shelby asked to make the Carrot Bars on her own as I watched over. I was so proud of her reading the instructions and being a part of her accomplishing making something so delicous. We encourage you to try this one with your littles some time soon! 

NOTES:

  • Broken walnuts or pecans can be added (use 1 cup)
  • You can use the frosting recupie listed here or opt for the easy version like we did using Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting bought from the store.
Questions for the Table
Sunday dinner should be a time for you and your family to enjoy each other’s company without distractions. We know how hard that is, which is why we introduced three questions at dinner to engage the whole family. This exercise will reveal stories and details about your loved ones that you never knew – stories you will cherish.
Try it yourself! Use the questions below at your next Sunday Supper!
  1. Who was your favorite person in your family growing up ?
  2. What special activities did you do with this person?
  3. What impact on your life did this person make?

Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Bars

Recipe By: Anne Rockwell

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups grated carrots (approx5-6 large carrots)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups broken walnut or pecans

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese (softned)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Or use 2 containers Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease 1- 9X13 pan and 1 8×8 pan very well.
  • Grate carrots and set aside in a bowl.
  • Beat 4 eggs with a mixer in a large mixing bowl until lemon- colored and fluffy.
  • Using a wooden spoon, gradually add 2 cups granulated sugar, mixing until combined.
  • Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in another medium size bowl.
  • Add half the flour mixture to the egg/sugar mixture. Combine.
  • Carefully (you can use a whisk as it’s helpful) stir in the vegetable oil.
  • Add in the rest of the flour mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in the grated carrots, cocount, nuts (if using) and chocolate chips.
  • Divide the batter between the greased pans and spread evenly.
  • Bake 25-29 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • While baking, combing frosting ingredients and set aside.
  • When done baking, gently put icing or frosting mixture on bars.
  • It will lightly melt and make it easier to spread without “tearing” the bars.
  • Allow the bars to cool and cut into 2 inch squares.
  • Enjoy and as Shelby says- “These bars will help your eye sight.”