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Adorable carrot cake cookies are so easy to make. Topped with homemade cream cheese frosting, they’re hard to resist!

Carrot Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Carrot Cake Cupcakes are more favorites to make around this time of year.

Carrot cake cookies frosted and served on a white platter.

A Carrot Cake Twist to Love!

Cookies are a really popular dessert to make during holidays and Easter is no exception.

Our go-to for the holiday are these carrot cake cookies, which taste so delicious!

What’s not to love:

  • Easy. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples, and even though there are a few of them, the recipe is still so simple.
  • Delicious. These cookies are soft and sweet and sure to be a hit.
  • From cake to cookie. Carrot Cake is most popular around spring and Easter, but now it’s in a deliciously chewy cookie form – another great Easter dessert!
Unsalted butter cut into squares on a white plate.

Simple Ingredients

  • unsalted butter Softened butter is key. This post will show you How to Soften Butter Quickly.
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • large eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon 
  • salt
  • grated carrots – Grate your carrots as the ones in the bag are too dry. Depending on the desired texture, use the large holes or small holes of a box grater.
  • chopped pecans
  • cream cheese softened
  • powdered sugar
  • green food coloring
  • orange food coloring
Cookie dough mixed in a bowl.

How to Make Carrot Cake Cookies

  1. PREP. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. WET INGREDIENTS. In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Beat until combined and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla making sure to mix well.
  3. DRY INGREDIENTS. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the wet mixture and beat to combine. Fold in carrot shreds and chopped pecans. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
  4. BAKE. Use a cookie scoop, and drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet (or line the baking sheet with parchment paper). Bake for 10-12 minutes. Edges should be lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack.
  5. FROSTING. Make the frosting by combining cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Reserve a little bit of the frosting for the carrot design on top of each cookie.
    • Frost cookies. Use food coloring to dye parts of the reserve frosting green and orange. Pipe carrot design onto the cookies.
Carrot cake cookies in dough balls ready for baking.

RECIPE TIPS

  • For bright-colored frosting, use gel food coloring (like these) rather than liquid food coloring.
  • Piping. If you don’t have a piping bag, put the frosting in a Ziploc bag with a small portion of the tip cut off.
  • Make sandwich cookies. Spread the cream cheese frosting on top of one cookie, and stack a second one on top. They would work fine with any shape cookie, but circular cookies are the most popular choice.
  • Decorate. We love the decorative carrot, but sprinkles, chopped pecans, and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar all work great!
  • Variations.
    • Replace pecans with walnuts or raisins.
    • Remove frosting or replace with Buttercream.
    • Add in a teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger, or allspice or even.
Cream cheese frosting in bowl for topping carrot cake cookies.

Storing Info

  • Make it ahead of time. We like to make these the day before, along with the frosting, and store them in the fridge until ready to frost and serve.
  • STORE frosted cookies in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • FREEZE Carrot cake cookies unfrosted, frosted, or just the dough!
    • Unfrosted. Place cooled cookies in an airtight container or bag and store them in the freezer.
    • Frosted. Freeze one layer of cookies until the frosting is hard, place a layer of wax/parchment paper on top, add another layer of cookies, freeze, and repeat this process until all of your cookies are frozen in separate layers.
    • Dough. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then in foil or a freezer bag. Freeze for a few months. When you’re ready to use, thaw the dough in the fridge until it’s workable enough to roll out and cut.
Carrot Cake Cookies topped with cream cheese frosting.

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4.80 from 24 votes

Carrot Cake Cookies Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Adorable carrot cake cookies are so easy to make. Topped with homemade cream cheese frosting, they're hard to resist!
Servings: 24
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Refrigerate/Freeze: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 22 minutes

Ingredients 

Frosting

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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Beat until combined and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla making sure to mix well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and beat to combine. Fold in carrots and chopped pecans and mix until combined.
  • Drop dough scoops onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Edges should be lightly browned. Let cool.
  • Make frosting by combing cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla and beating until smooth. Reserve a little bit of the frosting for the carrot design on top.
  • Frost cookies. Use food coloring to dye parts of the reserve frosting green and orange. Pipe carrot design onto cookies.

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Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 241mg, Potassium: 96mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 2286IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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57 Comments

  1. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    The cutest little cookies with the best cream cheese frosting!

  2. kristina says:

    5 stars
    The adorable carrot frosting caught my eye. I love carrot cake and these cookies are even better. Yum!

  3. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    I love Carrot Cake, so I know that I will LOVE these cookies! They are so cute too!

  4. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Carrot cake in cookie form is the greatest idea!! I love how soft these are & I love the little carrot on top of that delicious cream cheese frosting!

  5. Joy says:

    5 stars
    These are incredibly soft & I love the cream cheese frosting! Can’t wait to make some for Easter!

  6. Connie Duenez says:

    Hello ?
    These cookies look Yummalicious ?
    I just wanted to find out if anyone has used this recipe for cutout cookies. Looks like in the initial photo these were cutout with a carrot shaped cookie cutter. Would you just press all of the cookie dough into a jelly roll pan, bake, then cut into shapes w/the cookie cutter? If so, how long would you suggest as the baking time ❓

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I personally haven’t, but yes, I would do it that way. Good luck!

    2. Jerrica says:

      The original reCipe was different and made for rolling and cutout cookies. they were so yummy. They called for pine and coconut. Im bummed the recipe is gone.

  7. Ana Maria says:

    5 stars
    I just found out my sister in law loves carrot cake, I think i will surprise her with these next week!

  8. Kadie says:

    These look adorable and sound DELICIOUS! Quick question: Does the cream cheese icing dry enough that these could be packaged for individual party favors?