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Carrot Cake Cookies

Best Carrot Cake Cookies Recipe

  • Author: Catherine
  • Total Time: 35 minutes


This carrot cake cookie recipe combines the warm spices and moist texture of classic carrot cake with the convenience and delight of cookies, crowned with a luscious cream cheese frosting. Perfect for sharing, these cookies are sure to be a hit at any gathering.


  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  7. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  8. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup grated carrots
  12. 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
  13. Cream Cheese Frosting:
    • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    • 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet, then fold in carrots (and walnuts).
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  6. For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  7. Once cookies cool, spread frosting on top.


For a nut-free version, omit walnuts. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 180 kcal