Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Carrot Cake Cookies are pieces of heaven topped with sweet cream cheese frosting and nuts, yum! It’s like pieces of carrot cake, but in cookie form!

The Best Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot cake is one of my top two favorite cakes! There’s something so delicious about the cinnamon with the carrots and it all being smothered in thick cream cheese frosting.  And of course, I love walnuts so I always need those in there too, but you can leave them out if you want.  These Carrot Cake Cookies are everything I love about carrot cake but in a cookie!  No stress about decorating a cake and then the struggle of trying to get it to the party and serve it.  These cookies are no fuss with a simple recipe! Enjoy!

Carrot Cake Cookies with cream cheese cookies

How to make Carrot Cake Cookies:

Alright, let’s get started! First you need to grate your carrots!  I always told myself that once I got married I would get a food processor so I wouldn’t have to sit there and nearly grate my finger tips off when I make carrot desserts… but oh well.  Saving for medical school is more important than a food processor and my fingertips!  Plus, these Carrot Cake Cookies are sooo worth the risk!

How to make the best carrot cake dessert

There’s the batter! Feel free to play with the spices a bit, some people really love a strong ginger taste in their carrot things!

How to make Carrot Cake Cookies with cream cheese frosting

My handy dandy food scoop always comes to the rescue.  It helps my cookies always turn out the same size and makes the dough perfectly rounded.  Most importantly, saves me time!

How to make perfect Carrot Cake Cookies

Perfectly rounded and ready to go!

How to make Carrot Cake Cookies

Naked cookies!!! AHHH!!! Naked because they aren’t smothered in a layer of frosting yet!  If you aren’t a fan of frosting you can always do a simple powdered sugar glaze at this point!

Carrot Cake Cookies

Now for the swirl of that cream cheese frosting… ahhhh. (Thank you to my husband who abandoned his MCAT studies for 45 seconds while he took this photo of me!)

Cream Cheese frosting on Carrot Cake Cookies, so good!

Ta-dah! The cutest Carrot Cake Cookies you ever did see! As with all banana, pumpkin and carrot desserts they’re actually better the next day! They need some time to let all the flavors develop!  So make these the night before, frost them and everything and then pop them into some tupperware and keep them in the fridge!  They’ll look perfect and taste even better the next day!

Carrot Cake Cookies for easter with cream cheese frosting

You can even make Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches!

Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches

Mmmm… take a bite!

Carrot Cake Cookies

 

Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

1/2 C. butter, softened
2/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/3 C. sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
3/4 C. oatmeal, instant or old fashioned
1/2 C. crushed pineapple, drained
1 1/4 C. carrots, grated
3/4 C. walnuts, optional
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. powdered sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a stand mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and sugar together until creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down bowl and mix for 1 more minute.
3. Add eggs one at a time, add vanilla.
4. In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Whisk to combine.
5. Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Before they're fully combined, add oatmeal, crushed pineapple (I drained some of the juice from mine), carrots and walnuts. Mix just until combined.
6. Scoop out dough balls a little bigger than a tablespoon and bake for 8-12 minutes. Try not to over bake, watch for the tops of the cookies to look "dry"!
7. Let cool.
8. Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla extract and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Slowly add the more powered sugar until its the right consistency to frost your cookies! Depending on how warm or cool your house is the amount of powdered sugar you use will be different.
9. Frost cooled cookies and top with nuts if desired!

8 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. 1
    Vicki says:

    Is the texture of the carrot cake cookies “cakey” like a muffin? Or chewy like an oatmeal cookie?

  2. 2
    Donna Hutchison says:

    I made these this morning right after I received the email. I am an amateur baker. My dough was really soft. I drained the pineapple (not entirely), and I did follow the recipe. The cookies were not like your picture. They were flatter, but the taste was delicious! Should I have added more flour? I would give these five stars!

    • 2.1

      I’m glad you loved them! To make them thicker you could add more flour or drain the pineapple some more. Sometimes it can just be the oven that makes them look different which can be frustrating, I’m sorry! But my dough was very soft too!

  3. 3
    Ciel says:

    Just double checking…1 3/4 c flour?
    I drained the pineapple, and with that amount of flour, they melted as soon as they hit the oven. Like melted flat and all pooled together.
    I got them out, scraped them back into bowl and think I should add more flour.

    • 3.1

      Oh no! I’m so sorry! I double checked the recipe, it is right! I’ve make this recipe a handful of times with no trouble, I’m not sure what happened. Add more flour if needed, perhaps adding the nuts (like I did) gave it more stability!

  4. 4
    yocakes says:

    First time i have seen carrot cake and cake recipes. It’s amazing work, I will use this recipes to make carrot cake and celebrate any function. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. 5

    I will try it tonight. I like the simple recipes that are great for you.

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