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Carrot Cake Cookies

These soft and chewy Carrot Cake Cookies taste just like carrot cake but in an easier to eat form. A sweet sour cream glaze dresses them up and adds a little tanginess, but they taste wonderful without it.


Carrot Cake Cookies on a wire rack.

I’m a huge fan of carrot cake. Last year I made this Carrot Cake which is maybe the best carrot cake I’ve ever had. So good that I really haven’t been able to bring myself to try another carrot cake recipe because I fear it would be inferior.

So instead I tried Carrot Cake Cookies and they were delicious. Sweetened with brown sugar and flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, these cookies are super moist. They make a great dessert, but also taste a bit like a breakfast cookie due to the old-fashioned oats in them.

Carrot Cake Cookies


Recipe Tips:

  • Use the small holes of a box grater to grate the carrots.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to get uniform cookies.
  • Use parchment paper so the cookies don’t stick to the baking sheet.
  • Flatten the cookies slightly before you put then in the oven. They will not spread out much.
  • Be sure not to overcook the cookies. They should be just slightly golden around the edges and look just slightly undercooked in the middle.
  • The unglazed cookies can be frozen.

Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies


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Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

Moist and dense carrot cookies topped with a sweet and slightly tangy glaze. The oats added in the batter give these cookies the taste of a breakfast cookie.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 2 hours


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups finely grated carrot
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • In a medium bowl beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and ginger.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixer, mixing just until combined.
  • Stir in oats and carrots, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Flatten them out slightly with your hand. They don't really spread out in the oven.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes, until lightly browned.. Cool on pan 2 minutes and remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Combine confectioners' sugar and sour cream in a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Drizzle on cookies. Place in a ziptop bag and snip the corner to get a more professional look.


Calories: 228kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easter

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Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Adapted slightly from Taste of the South Magazine

Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Originally published March 7, 2014

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17 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Cookies”

  1. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I have so much blog reading to catch up on, but I scrolled through all your posts hope to find a happy update on your son and I’m so glad I did…what wonderful news that he’s cancer free! This totally put a smile on my face. Your family must be over the moon 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Amy! I was so glad to see you update your blog. Can’t wait to see your finished house renovation!

  2. Oh Christin, I am so happy to hear that your son is cancer free! That is such wonderful news!! These cookies sound like a delicious way to celebrate : ) Anything carrot cake is a very good thing in my book!

  3. Oh Christin,that is the most wonderful news about your son – I am so happy to see his smiling face and hear that he is cancer free. Cookies in cake form are a perfect way to celebrate – sending you and your family so many good thoughts and positive vibes 🙂

  4. Bam's Kitchen

    Christin, I am delighted to hear this good news. You have been in my prayers. I am sure that the medical team will love to sample your delightful carrot cookies. Take care, BAM

  5. Oh Christin, I am so happy for your son and your family. Wonderful news!!!!! 🙂

    The cookies looks great! I need to try your recipe!

  6. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I’m so happy to hear the wonderful news about your son! Hugs to you and all your family – now, have lots of these delicious cookies to celebrate it! xxx

  7. Happy to hear your family’s brilliant news- this recipe looks amazing to celebrate with 🙂 have a great weekend!

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I’m so happy to hear good news about your son! Wishing him and your family so many great wishes! Positive vibes, lots of them straight to you!

    These cookies are all kinds of awesome, carrot cake in cookie form? It’s a perfect world!

  9. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    I am so glad to hear that your son is free from cancer! What wonderful news to celebrate with these scrumptious looking carrot cake cookies! Mmm the drizzle on top…

  10. What wonderful news about your son! I’m so happy to hear he is doing so well – that smile says it all! And what a doctor – that’s a true hero right there. I have a feeling there will have to be lots of cookies and cakes to celebrate with. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  11. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Christin, I’ve been thinking about you and your family and I’ve been wondering about your son. I am so glad to hear that you all received some very positive news! And I always say yes to cookies in cake form 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

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