These Carrot Cake Cookies have all the flavors of your favorite carrot cake rolled into cookies. Soft, chewy, and sandwiched with a wonderful cream cheese frosting!
It has come to my attention that I don’t have nearly enough carrot cake recipes in my catalog. I’m working on it. Starting with these Carrot Cake Cookies! Not the same thing, but a fun twist on a classic, equally delicious, and individual servings. So yay!
These easy carrot cake cookies are soft and tender, with just the right amount of sweetness. They are definitely fantastic on their own, but taken up several notches with a sweet cream cheese frosting!
Tips for the best carrot cake cookies
- Use a cookie scoop. This ensures the cookies are all uniform in size and bake in the same amount of time. Plus, it’s easier!
- Knead and roll the cookie balls tightly. This will ensure they don’t crumble after baking and cooling.
- Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Your cookies will stick otherwise. Plus, easier clean up!
- Flatten the Cookies. These cookies don’t spread or flatten much on their own, so you need to press down on them. Spray the back of your hand (or bottom of a glass) with nonstick spray and press gently on the cookie dough balls.
Can I freeze these cookies?
Yep! You can freeze these cookies frosted or unfrosted.
- Let the cookies completely cool, then place them (frosted or unfrosted) on a baking sheet, leaving space in-between.
- Transfer baking sheet to the freezer and freeze the cookies until solid.
- Wrap each cookie individually in plastic wrap and add to a freezer bag and seal.
- When ready to serve, grab however many cookies you want from the freezer bag, and remove the plastic wrap (to avoid condensation.)
- Allow the cookies to thaw on the counter for about 20 minutes.
Yes, these cookies require a little more work than the average cookie. But we’re talking carrot cake in cookie form. Worth it, wouldn’t you say?
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Carrot Cake Cookies
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
For the Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup packed, finely grated carrots
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
- For the filling, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until well-combined and smooth. Mix in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar until totally incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Make the cookies: In a large bowl, whisk together butter, both sugars, and egg yolk. Add in the flour and salt; stir until thoroughly combined.
- Mix in the oats, carrots, and raisins.
- Form mixture into tight tablespoon balls, squeezing/molding just a few times (this will help prevent crumbling after baking and cooling.) Drop, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets. (You should have 20 balls.) Spray the bottom of your hand or a glass and flatten the cookies. (Dough will be sticky.)
- Bake until the edges are golden, rotating baking sheets halfway through, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
- Remove frosting from refrigerator until soft enough to spread. Flip one of each cookie pair over, bottom side up. Dollop out the cream cheese filling over cookie. Top with remaining cookie and press gently to spread the filling to the edges.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Before spreading with the frosting, the cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
- The filling can be made ahead and chilled for up to three days.
- After cooked and assembled, these are best when served within a couple hours.
originally from Martha Stewart