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Quick and Easy Carrot Cake Cookies (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

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Quick and Easy Carrot Cake Cookies (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

These incredibly easy carrot cake cookies are deliciously soft, fluffy, and full of flavor. They’re everything you love about carrot cake in a cookie!

A round carrot cake cookie with white frosting and an adorable carrot design on a white plate with carrot shavings.

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My dad is a HUGE fan of Carrot Cake. He absolutely loves it. I’ve been working on creating the BEST Carrot Cake recipe for him. I’ll be posting it soon, so stay tuned… 

One Carrot Cake Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting with an orange wrapper and two carrots next to it.
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Until then, we have… 

Carrot Cake Cookies!!

These easy carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting are PERFECT when you don’t want to make or have an entire carrot cake. 

They’re also easier to make, transport, and eat (no fork needed) than traditional carrot cake. 

BUT, they have the same great taste and texture of carrot cake. 

They’re everything you love about Carrot Cake rolled into a cookie… An unbelievably soft Carrot Cake Cookie. 

For other easy cookie recipes, check out:
Easy Funfetti Cookies from Scratch
Refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Easy, Delicious Almond Joy Cookies

Two round carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting on a white place with carrot shavings.

Loaded with Grated Carrots and Warm Spices

These easy carrot cake cookies include 1 cup of grated carrots. 

I recommend using the small holes on a grater to grate the carrots. 

I use a flat one, like this Stainless Steel Flat Cheese Grater. But, it is a little tough to maneuver. 

My mom has a box grater, like this Spring Chef Professional Box Grater – Stainless Steel with 4 Sides. It definitely makes the grating process waaayy easier. Just be careful not to cut yourself! 

For spices, these easy carrot cake cookies have cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Feel free to play around with the spices a bit. Adding a dash of nutmeg tastes great too. 

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One Carrot Cake Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting and Chopped Walnuts

Walnuts, Pecans, or Nut-Free

Walnuts give the perfect crunch to these soft Carrot Cake Cookies. I like to add them IN the batter and on top of the amazing cream cheese frosting (seriously, it’s SO good.)

Pecans work great too. Just chop them up a bit before throwing them in or on. 

These carrot cake cookies are just as delicious without nuts though. You can definitely make them nut-free!

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Topped with the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting

THE. BEST. 

White Cream Cheese Frosting swirled on top of a carrot cake cupcake.

I love it so much that I turn into a little kid who excitedly licks the spoon… then scrapes the sides of the empty bowl so I can do it again. 

My biggest recommendation for the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting is to allow the cream cheese and butter to soften to room temperature before starting. 

I also recommend using a mixer to whip the frosting. Doing it by hand does not create the same whipped, fluffy texture. 

A stand mixer while making cream cheese frosting.

I absolutely LOVE using a KitchenAid stand mixer, like this KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer

But, a hand mixer, like KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer, works great too!

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Tips for the BEST Carrot Cake Cookies

  • Allow all ingredients to warm to room temperature before beginning.
  • Do not soften the butter in the microwave. This will cause the cookies to spread too much while baking.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together for a lighter, fluffier texture.
  • Use the small holes on a grater to grate the carrots.
  • Do NOT overmix after adding the flour. This will yield denser cookies. 
A round, brown carrot cake cookie with a carrot design on top that is made with colored cream cheese frosting.

How to Decorate

These carrot cake cookies are amazing with or without the cream cheese frosting. I do recommend frosting at least half of your cookies though. The cream cheese frosting is so so good. 

There are many ways to decorate these cookies. Just frosting them is one option. 

Adding chopped walnuts on top of the cream cheese frosting is another.

I make orange cream cheese frosting to add colorful stripes before sprinkling the walnuts. They add a fun pop of color.

A Carrot Cake Cookie with orange cream cheese frosting striped across white cream cheese frosting and topped with chopped walnuts.

I also use the orange cream cheese frosting to make some adorable carrots on top. This requires some green cream cheese frosting as well.

To make orange or green cream cheese frosting, put about 1/2 cup (or less for green) of your prepared cream cheese frosting in a separate, small bowl. Add a couple drops of food coloring then mix. Continue adding drops and mixing until you reach your desired color. 

Orange food coloring can be purchased on its own in this Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Colors Pack. Or you can mix regular yellow and red food coloring together. 

A round carrot cake cookie with white frosting and an adorable carrot design on a white plate with carrot shavings.

I used piping bags and tips to create my stripes and carrots. I have this Icing Piping Tips and Bags Set and I LOVE it. It has everything I need and SO many design options!

How to Store

These cookies taste even better the day after baking. The flavors develop even more! So, you can definitely make them the day before serving. 

Just store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the fridge. 

Please do the same with any leftovers (if you have any). They should keep for 4-5 days in the fridge.

For other easy recipes, check out:
Pumpkin Cake with the BEST Cream Cheese Frosting
Cranberry Bliss Cookies – Just like Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars
Easy Hot Cocoa Cookies – Made with Hot Chocolate Mix

Quick and Easy Carrot Cake Cookies (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

These incredibly easy carrot cake cookies are deliciously soft, fluffy, and full of flavor. They’re everything you love about carrot cake in a cookie!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe, Easy Carrot Cake Cookies, Easy Dessert Recipes, Holiday Baking
Servings: 12 cookies

Ingredients

Carrot Cake Cookies

  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger ground
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1 cup Carrots grated
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Instructions

For Carrot Cake Cookies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Prep a cookie sheet with parchment paper or oil. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Peel and finely grate carrots. Measure, lightly packed, in a 1 cup measuring cup. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • Add the baking soda, flour, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, and cloves. Mix until combined.
  • Stir in the finely grated carrots and walnuts. 
  • Scoop the dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Leave space between each cookie.
  • Bake for about 9-13 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes (preferably 10). The cookies firm up as they cool. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat together room temperature butter and cream cheese until completely smooth. This works best with a mixer.
  • Add vanilla and salt. Beat until combined.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix on low until combined (or it’ll fly up into your face and all over your kitchen… I speak from experience.). If you are using a hand mixer, add about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, mix on low, add another 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, mix on low again, and so on. Do this until everything is combined.
  • Once combined, increase speed to medium-high and beat until thick and creamy (about 1-2 minutes).
  • FROST cookies and decorate as you wish! Tips are in the section before the ingredient lists. 

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(1) Comment

  1. Don t reach for one right away. These soft-baked cookies are fragile when they first come out of the oven, but they firm up as they cool. Make sure to leave them on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes to set up before you transfer them to a wire rack. Otherwise, the cookies will crumble! If you want to frost them, allow them to cool completely first. Just like when you make carrot cake, you need to allow the cookies to cool to room temperature before you top them with frosting. If they re still warm, the frosting will melt!

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