These delicious carrot cookies have all the flavours of carrot cake, in cookie form. And a dollop of cream cheese icing, as well!
These lovely little carrot cookies are a family favourite. as they have all the wonderful flavours of carrot cake, in cookie form. And they even have a delicious dollop of cream cheese icing on top, too!
These cookies have a wonderful soft interior, with a lightly crispy outside and have wonderful texture and flavour from the rolled oats, nuts, carrots and raisins. And of course, that bit of cream cheese icing is always a good thing. These are nice this time of year, as the flavours just seem to fit the Fall. They are especially nice as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea :)
For best results, be sure to finely grate the carrots. If using a box grater, don’t use the largest holes, but rather the second smaller side, to produce a fine shred.
Be sure to chop the pecans and raisins very finely. For the raisins, you are more adding over-all raisin flavour, so by finely chopping, you are spreading the flavour throughout, rather than adding in whole raisins here and there.
Finely chopped pecans are best for rolling the dough in, so you don’t have big pieces of pecans hanging off the sides :)
In my oven, the cookies take the full 13 minutes for the second part of baking, or even a minute more than that sometimes, to start to get golden.
While it’s tempting to load up these cookies with the delicious cream cheese icing, keeping it to a little dollop makes for nice flavour balance, plus it makes it much easier to store these cookies if most of the icing is tucked away in the indentation instead of sticking above the cookies too much. You may not use all of the icing.
This recipe will deliver 12 lovely cookies, which will keep really well in an airtight container for several days. I like to store them in a single layer in a larger, shallow container, to keep the icing intact.
For the Cookies:
- 1/2 cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup (73.33 g) light brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup (66.67 g) white granulated sugar
- 1 large (1 large) egg yolk, at room temperature
- 1 cup (125 g) all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp (2.46 g) ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp (2.46 g) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp (2.46 g) salt
- 3/4 cup (177.44 ml) old fashioned, large-flake rolled oats
- 3/4 cup (177.44 ml) carrot, finely grated, packed, from about 1 large carrot
- 2 Tbsp (29.57 g) raisins, very finely chopped
- 3/4 cup (74.25 g) pecans, very finely chopped
- 2 oz (56.7 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 oz (56.7 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup icing/confectioners' sugar
- 2 Tbsp (29.57 g) pecans, very finely chopped
- *Note: Grate carrots very finely. If you are using a box grater, don't use the largest holes, but the second largest, to make a finer shred. Likewise, be sure to very finely chop the pecans and raisins.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar and egg yolk. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Stir the dry mixture in to the butter mixture until combined. Mix in the rolled oats, carrots and raisins. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Roll chilled dough in to 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll balls in chopped pecans and place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2-inches apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and using a the bottom of a measuring tablespoon, press in to cookies to make a crater/indentation in the middle of each cookie. Return cookies to oven and bake a further 10-13 minutes, or until starting to turn golden in spots. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Prepare icing by beating together the butter and cream cheese. Beat in 1/4 cup of the icing sugar. Taste and add a bit more icing sugar, if you'd like it a little sweeter. Using a piping bag with a round tip (or simply use a small spoon to place it), pipe a small dollop of icing in the indentation of each cookie. Sprinkle icing with a bit of finely chopped pecans.
Yum! I think I might have to double up on this recipe. 12 cookies won’t last long in my house. Looks delicious!
Thanks Cindy and yes, double is always better :)
Oh gosh, these cookies were made for me, Jennifer. Gotta have a crispy outside with a chewy inside. Love a carrot and raisin combo and these will be nice over the holidays. Sharing :)
Thanks so much, Robyn :)
I love carrot cake and these cookies are absolute perfection! :)
I love carrot cake and so these cookies are perfect to me! I can’t wait to make a batch! Great recipe Jennifer- thanks !!
Thanks so much, Anna :)
This recipe will deliver 12 lovely cookies, which will keep really well in an airtight container for several days.??? Surely you jest. :)
Lol! Ok, one or two might possibly still be around to keep several days ;)
The perfect bite! I love carrot cake, but sometimes I don’t want to make a whole cake because then I have to eat a whole cake… ;) But carrot cake in cookie form? Oh Yes! Pinned!
Thanks so much Annie :) And yes, these definitely satisfy the carrot cake craving!
Thanks for all the tips as I’ll be trying these soon. My kind of cookie, for sure. :)
Thanks so much, Karen :)
Cannot help but love these! Perfectly conceived recipe, both my husband and I love cookies that are soft and chewy under a crispy outside.
Thanks Milena and I think you will both enjoy these :)
My son Sean LOVES carrot cake Jennifer, so I can’t wait to make a batch of these for him! Love the dollop of cream cheese on top!
Thanks Mary Ann and he will love them, I’m sure :)
I want to come and drink tea together and eat these wonderful cookies! They’re such a fun idea and look absolutely delicious! I’ll bring my pumpkin cookies and we’ll have a cookie party :)
I love this idea, Chris :) I can’t think of anyone I’d rather drink tea and eat cookies with, than you!
Aww these are just wonderful little cookies! I love the idea, and they look perfect. The pecans, icing, everything makes me want to run to the kitchen and make them now! I bet I can’t eat just one :)
Thanks Tricia and yes, they are a satisfying little cookie :)