These Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting features a light, and fluffy cookie chocked full of carrots and cinnamon and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting.
Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot cake is one of my favorites to make for Easter. OH Heck! I make it often because it gets requested a lot from family and friends. It often can be a bear to make. There are many steps to making the most delicious cake in the world. I decided that this year would be different.
I was going to turn my carrot cake into Carrot Cake Cookies!
Yes, they deserve their own sentence. I hadn’t ever really even thought about them. Until I did. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about them. The idea just sounded too delicious not to give it a go.
Low key and less stress is usually the way I like it. Showing my absolute love for carrot cake into a simpler recipe was the way I wanted to go. Do I dare say they are better than the cake? I love them both, so I will let you decide. And you really don’t have to choose a favorite, you can have BOTH!
Let’s Get Started Making These Cookies
Please note that you can print the full recipe with a listing of ingredients below.
First, in a large bowl, mix all the wet ingredients. Creaming the butter, sugars, and eggs together. Then add the vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder, soda, and salt. Next, add in flour and mix well. Lastly, fold in the grated carrots.
I really like to take advantage of using my whoopie pie cookie sheet whenever I can. It makes forming these cookies much easier. You are going to want to bake your cookies just until the edges are golden brown. The key to soft, chewy cookies is to not over-bake them. Remove your cookies after they have cooled.
Removing them too soon and while hot will, in fact, break your cookies apart. So as hard as it may be, let them sit to cool before removing them.
I frosted these cookies with a pre-made cream cheese frosting. It was a shortcut that I wanted to make. You can certainly make your own frosting, but I was looking for a time-saving shortcut.
Here is a great Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from Simply Recipes.
Frosting your cookies does not need to be perfect. In fact, all the lines from frosting create a unique-looking cookie. Imperfectly perfect.
It is time to decorate. My favorite part. Now using your chopped pecans, place them around the edges of your cookies. You can even go one step further if you like an add-in some adorable pre-made sugared carrots. I think they are perfect as is, but options are always nice.
They are the perfect spring cookie! And don’t these cookies look delicious? Sign me up!
Tips for Making Your Carrot Cake Cookies
- I really love using my cheese grater. It is easier and less of a mess to clean. I used the medium holes on a box grater to grate the carrots. Just keep those fingers in check.
- Make sure you let your butter stand at room temperature until it is soft. This is will ensure that the butter will be well incorporated into your batter. Large chunks of semi-soft butter will not allow your cookies to be uninformed. On that note; never microwave your butter or your cookies will spread too much when baked
Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup Sugar
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 2 cups Grated Carrots
- 1 cup Chopped Pecans
- 1 Cream Cheese Frosting (store purchased)
- In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Cream the butter, sugars, and eggs together. Add the vanilla and mix.
- Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder, soda, and salt.
- Add in flour and mix well.
- Fold in the grated carrots.
- Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a pan with non-stick spray.
- I used my favorite whoopie pie pan for my cookies!
- Bake 13-15 minutes.
- Allow to fully cool and frost with cream cheese frosting. Around the edges add in the chopped pecans.
I would love to hear how these cookies turned out for you? Please come back and leave us a comment below. What occasion did you make these cookies for? Did you make your own homemade cream cheese frosting or cheat and buy a tub?
Other Great Cookie Recipes
Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.