Carrot Cake Cookies
1 hr
02 hrs 05 min



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 medium (2 cups) carrots, grated

1 cup finely chopped pecans


4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Green food color, if desired

Orange food color, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine 1 cup butter, sugar and brown sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in carrots and pecans.

  3. STEP 3

    Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl; beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Reserve 1/2 cup frosting.

  5. STEP 5

    Frost each cooled cookie with 2 teaspoons frosting. Divide reserved frosting in half. Tint one half green and one half orange. Spoon each tinted frosting into resealable plastic food bags; snip off corner of bags. Make carrot design on top of each cookie, if desired.


10Fat (mg)
35Cholesterol (mg)
130Sodium (mg)
24Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  November 12, 2017

LOVE these. I have been using this recipe for years. I also add a pinch of clove (because i love clove). Im making them again tonight, but I am going to try adding pumpkin or pumpkin pie spice this time. YUM!

— says April

Added a pinch of clove, didnt use frosting, adding pumpkin/pie spice

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  July 11, 2017

I made these on the weekend - super easy to throw together and we agreed that they didn't need icing, they were great just as they were. My only thought is that the batter was very thin, I wonder about either increasing the flour, adding oatmeal, or omitting an egg. I think I'll try the oatmeal; it might help make them a bit less cakey - but even as is, they are delicious!

— says Redeng
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