Soft Carrot Cake Cookie

There is something about carrot cake that screams spring. And right now, I have spring fever. It could be that I just got back from a Disney Bahamas cruise or that spring break is next week. Either way, I am hoping that these cookies get me through the winter until the flowers start to bloom.
My kids love cookies, but a traditional carrot cake cookie has raisins, oatmeal, walnuts, and coconut, which combined into a cookie would make my kids squirm. So I made up my own recipe using my sugar cookie recipe as a starting point. My cousin Amy is an incredible baker and has the most AMAZING carrot cake recipe ever (I need to post this soon).  Here’s the secret ingredient: carrot baby food. I used this for this cookie along with some freshly shredded carrots. This, combined with some sugar, real butter, a dash of cinnamon, and a cream cheese frosting, makes this cookie soft, moist, and not overly sweet. It ends up being a perfect combination. A bonus for this cookie is that you can add any ingredient to the frosting. Stir in some raisins, top with some walnuts, or colored coconut to give it an Easter feel. You can bring some of those more traditional ingredients back in for those who love them, but still have some that the kids will enjoy! Here’s to wishing for warm weather, sunny skies, and blooming flowers.

Soft Carrot Cake Cookie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen

Soft Carrot Cake Cookie

Moist, soft carrot cake cookie with cream cheese frosting. Easy recipe to add in or top your cookie with the traditional carrot cake topping like walnuts, coconut and raisins.


  • Carrot Cake Cookies*
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup carrot baby food
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Carrot Cake Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks, carrot baby food and shredded carrots.

Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and cinnamon. Stir until well combined.

Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Cream Cheese Frosting

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Kids review: They loved these – especially the icing and were so happy they didn’t have nuts! I know my kids all too well.

Husband’s review: He loves anything with pecans and walnuts, so he desperately wanted some of those in there. And due to the almond flavoring he and the kids crave, he licked the frosting off 4 of the cookies before being chased out of the kitchen.

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  1. I love carrot cake so these are going at the top of my “must try” list! They look delicious!

  2. Love, these look delicious! Maybe I will make these for Easter brunch this year!

    • That is a great idea! I will be doing the same! And maybe use some white chocolate to add little carrots on top.:) San

  3. Mmmmmm, Sandra! These look SO good! I love love love carrot cake, so these look like a delicious compromise! I am going to pin this! Thanks!

  4. I’ve never been a big carrot cake fan, but I think you might win me over with those.

  5. I am totally jealous that you got to go on a Disney Bahama cruise! Your cookies look yummy. I wonder if my youngest daughter would eat carrots in cookie form. Hmmm. Might have to try your recipe sometime. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Not a huge carrot cake fan usually, but these look really delicious! Might need to make them for Easter.

  7. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Yum! And since they’re carrot, they’re healthy, right? ;)

  8. These look delicious, and I always love when I can rationalize that a cookie is healthy because it’s made with carrots!

  9. My husband LOVES carrot cake. I’ll have to make these cookies for him. Thanks!

  10. oh those look delish!! and a healthier cookie option to boot

  11. These cookies look amazing, sometimes it’s hard trying to please everyone in the same family, but it sounds like you managed to please everyone this time. Beautiful pics! love the carrot on top.

  12. These look absolutely delicious. That cream cheese frosting looks divine.

  13. I will have to share this recipe with my mom she loves carrot cake.

  14. These look so good! My dad would love them, carrot cake is his favorite dessert.

  15. Pinned and I am going to make these this weekend – my daughters favorite cake is carrot cake! Her birthday is Monday – nice treat for her!

  16. oh MY! These look amazing! I want then right now!

  17. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I also love carrot cake so much! I bet these are super yummy-a must try this season for sure!

  18. I love soft cookies and I love carrot cakes so I’m definitely going to try this! Yum!

  19. I love carrot cake – it’s my favorite. I love the nuts, though, so I’m gonna be begging for those as well! I may send this recipe to my favorite carrot cake maker – my big sister!

  20. My husband loves carrot cake! I would never in a million years have thought that you could make a carrot cookie. FABULOUS!

  21. these look nice and moist, what a great way to sneak carrots to kids!

  22. Mmm, these look yummy! I bet my kids would like them – or my coworkers! :)

  23. Looks so so good. I am in love with carrot cake, the cookies have to be good too!

  24. That looks so good. I have to make these!

  25. WOW! How New & Inviting Sounds & Looks Delicious!

  26. Yum! I need to try these for sure!

  27. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I love carrot cake – I can’t wait to try these cookies!!

  28. I Can’t Wait To Make Sounds & Looks So Yummy

  29. They look really good! The icing looks very good!

  30. These look so yummy and would be perfect for Easter!!

  31. Carrot cake is my favorite cake so of course this recipe interests me.

  32. Hey, I see Olaf’s nose! haha…can you tell what we’ve been watching? These cookies look like keepers!

  33. Oooh YUM!! Those look so so good – thanks for sharing!

  34. These look good, I’m glad they don’t have raisins!

  35. I love carrot cake
    thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe

  36. I just love carrot cake. These look delish!

  37. OMg my mouth is watering ! I love carrot cake and I’m dying to try it in a cookie!

  38. I am in total awe! I love the cookies and the idea of spending only 15 min to prepare them. I’ll definitely give them a try these days.

  39. Elisebet F says:

    Do you have to use baby food, or could I just boil and puree some carrots? I think most store bought baby food is disgusting, but I trust you when you say this recipe is delicious, so if there’s no alternative…I’m willing to try!

    • LOL! I felt the same way when she first told me…but none the less I loved her cake so much I haven’t tried anything else. I would think that some carrot puree would work just fine. If you try – please let me know! xo San

  40. These sound so yummy. Perfect Easter treats. And how ingenious to use baby food for the carrots. I will be trying this out sometime before Easter.

  41. They look so soft and yummy must try!!!

  42. Love carrot cake and these cookies sounds great, pinned!! Thanks so much for sharing at The Wednesday Roundup! ~ Angela @ LeMoine Family Kitchen

  43. Yummy! I am featuring your Carrot Cake Cookies on my Tasty Tuesday hop tomorrow! Make sure you come back over and grab a featured button and link up some more great recipes!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams


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