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posted by Christy Denneyon Mar 30, 2014 (updated Mar 29, 2024) 21 comments »

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If you put a slice of carrot cake next to a slice of chocolate cake I admit that 99.9% of the time I’ll go for the chocolate slice. This is of course after carefully scrutinizingthe best frosting to cake ratio option. That doesn’t mean at all that I don’t love carrot cake because I do. But I’m branching out today with these chewy carrot cake cookies. If you’re looking for cake-like cookies similar to pumpkin cookies, these are not them. They’re chewy and full of spices.

Did I lose you? Because I know chewy carrot cake cookies doesn’t exactly sound that great but they are. Really. With the help of a cake mix, these come together quickly. These aren’t the 3 ingredient cake mix cookies you’re thinking of though. We are adding plenty ofthe regular cookie componentsand goodies like cinnamon and nuts to emphasize the carrot cake part of them. Thecake mix just helps us add the texture and carrot cakeflavor we love.

If you want to add raisins, feelfree. I’ve found that the raisin vs. non-raisin crowdsout there are very opinionated so I’m going to leave thatup to you.

Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies | The Girl Who Ate Everything (1)
Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies | The Girl Who Ate Everything (2)Honestly you could just stop here. Thecarrot cookies aloneare soft chewy and full of carrot cake flavor. But I’ve always liked a heavy dose of frosting on my carrot cake so I couldn’t leave them alone.

That’s not too much frosting, is it?
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Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies

5 from 2 votes


Prep Time: 22 hours hrs 1 minute min

Cook Time: 22 hours hrs 1 minute min

Servings: 2 dozen


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cup carrot cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 8- ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, add the flour, carrot cake mix, baking soda, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.

  • In a separate bowl add the butter and brown sugar. Cream together for a couple of minutes with a mixer.

  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Scrape the bowl with a spatula if needed.

  • Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

  • Add the nuts and mix until just incorporated. The dough will be soft.

  • Chill the dough completely for a couple of hours. This is essential so that the cookies do not spread too much.

  • Once the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  • Roll the dough into 1 1/2 Tablespoon size balls and place on the cookie sheet. You want your dough balls to be taller than wider. These cookies do spread a lot so make sure you have plenty of room between the cookies.

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just turning golden brown. The cookies may appear to not be done all the way but will set up on the pan. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the pan.

  • For the Frosting: In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix slowly at first until combined. Beat until fluffy. Frost cookies.

Author: Christy Denney

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originally published on Mar 30, 2014 (last updated Mar 29, 2024)

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21 comments on “Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies”

  1. Bonnie Wilder Reply

    Easy to make and it was a big hit with my family. 🙂

  2. Syl Reply

    This looks great!! I have been looking for inspiring recipes for Easter.
    Your site is the Best!! Thanks for sharing

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  3. Shannon Cardenas Reply

    I don’t have brown sugar I have white can I use white instead I can I use a half cup instead of a full cup to cut down the sweetness

    • Christy Denney Reply


  4. Aliza P Reply

    I’m interested in making these, but was wondering if there was anything possible to use instead of butter and still get the same cookie result?


    • Christy Denney Reply

      I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure but I think it would work.

    • Kirsten Reply

      Hi, not sure if I’ve missed this, but what is the carrot cake mix recipe (that you need 1 3/4 cups of to go in the cookies)? Thanks!

  5. KarenIla Jordan Reply

    These would be great to make carrot cake eaters of my nonbelievers!

  6. Linda Reply

    These cookies were too sweet for my taste. Especially with the frosting added.

  7. peppylady (Dora) Reply

    I like a little pineapple in my carrot cake. Can’t see why I can’t add to the cookies.

    Coffee is on

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      I do too! I think you could replace some of the butter with crushed pineapple.

  8. Christina Reply

    My mama loves carrot cake… these will be a nice surprise for her!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      You’re sweet!

  9. celyn Reply

    yum this looks great! thanks for sharing!

  10. Candice Reply

    The cookies look tasty and looks like such a great spring recipe!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      They are better than they look.

  11. mila bassett@mila's milieu Reply

    Between the chocolate and the carrot cake, I will go for the carrot cake:) So these are right up my alley! I wonder how my favorite carrot cake will work in a cookie form (it doesn’t use cake mix, so maybe it will be too wet)?

    I love the idea of the flavor of a carrot cake in a cookie form because it is easier to control portions! The cookies can be frozen and then just microwaved to have one with coffee. Thanks for sharing this, Christy!

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Reply

    Yessss please! Love these cookies!

  13. Chloe @ foodlikecake Reply

    Those look perfect for spring and so yummy 🙂

  14. Angela Reply

    Pinning these! I’m a sucker for carrot cake and these look amazing!

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