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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

250 grams (about 2 1/4 cups or 4 medium) grated carrots, any liquid discarded, patted dry

1 cup finely chopped pecans


1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

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

  3. STEP 3

    Scoop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, about 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 14-16 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown and cookies are set. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl; beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add 1 cup powdered sugar at a time, beating until smooth and combined. 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.

Tip #1

Carrots contain a lot of moisture, making them amazing in baked goods. Yet too much moisture in a batter may cause cookies to spread too much during baking. For best results, use fresh carrots (not the matchstick carrots from a bag), then shred them using the larger grate on either a box grater or food processor. Dry them by gently rolling in paper towel, and weigh them instead of measuring for best accuracy.

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