Carrot Cake Cookies

These carrot cake cookies live up to their name! They have a soft, cake-like texture, a sweet, spiced flavor, and a tangy cream cheese frosting on top.

Carrot cake cookies

As I sat down to write this post, I remembered that I have a stash of these carrot cake cookies in the freezer. Just like carrot cake, they’re soft, moist, and filled with warm, spiced flavor. Walnuts or pecans add nutty crunch, and a tangy cream cheese frosting takes them over the top. Right now, I’m using all my willpower to resist running down the kitchen and devouring one on the spot.

But no! I want to tell you all about these carrot cake cookies first. They’re the perfect spring treat – wholesome enough for an afternoon snack, brunch, or (without the frosting) even breakfast, but still delicious enough for dessert. Jack’s picky about his carrot cake, and he can’t get enough of them. I think you’ll love them too.

Carrot cake cookie recipe ingredients

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe Ingredients

These carrot cake cookies taste just like their namesake – soft, spiced, and sweet – but they’re secretly healthy! Here’s what’s in them:

  • Grated carrots, of course! Be sure to shred your own carrots for this recipe. Store bought shredded carrots are too dry and coarse.
  • Ground flaxseed – Did I mention that these cookies are vegan? The flax replaces an egg, binding the cookie dough together.
  • Oat flour, almond flour, and whole rolled oats – Together, they give these cookies an amazing soft texture. They also make this recipe gluten-free!
  • Baking powder and baking soda – They help the cookies puff up as they bake.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg – They fill the cookies with spiced carrot cake flavor.
  • Almond butter – It thickens the dough and adds rich, nutty flavor.
  • Coconut oil – For richness.
  • Maple syrup – It sweetens these cookies naturally and adds subtle maple flavor.
  • Vanilla extract – For warm depth of flavor.
  • Walnuts or pecans – They add a yummy nutty crunch! Use whichever you prefer – both are delicious.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

If you like, finish the cookies with cream cheese frosting. I top mine with this vegan frosting made from vegan butter, vegan cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Pouring bowl of wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients

How to Make Carrot Cake Cookies

These carrot cake cookies are easy to make! Here’s what you need to do:

First, prepare the flax egg. Mix the ground flaxseed and warm water together in a small bowl, and set the mixture aside to thicken.

Meanwhile, combine the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another. When the flax mixture has thickened, whisk it into the wet ingredients. Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones.

Hand stirring cookie dough with spatula

Use a spatula to fold until the ingredients are just combined. Finally, fold in the walnuts or pecans.

Scoops of carrot cake cookie dough on a baking sheet

Next, scoop the cookies! Use a large 1/4-cup cookie scoop to portion the dough onto two large, parchment-lined baking sheets.

Carrot cake cookies on marble

Finally, bake. Transfer one sheet to a 350° oven and bake until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining sheet.

If desired, top the cookies with cream cheese frosting, and enjoy!

Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting

Carrot Cake Cookies Tips

  • It’ll be tempting to underbake them. Don’t! When you’re working with oat flour, it can be tricky to gauge when baked goods are done. These cookies might look nicely puffed and ready to eat after just 18 or 20 minutes in the oven, but in actuality, they may need a few minutes more. The best indicator here is their coloring. Make sure that they’re beginning to brown around the edges before you remove them from the oven. If the cookies are underdone, they’ll end up very soft and crumbly.
  • Don’t reach for one right away. These soft-baked cookies are fragile when they first come out of the oven, but they firm up as they cool. Make sure to leave them on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes to set up before you transfer them to a wire rack. Otherwise, the cookies will crumble!
  • If you want to frost them, allow them to cool completely first. Just like when you make carrot cake, you need to allow the cookies to cool to room temperature before you top them with frosting. If they’re still warm, the frosting will melt!
  • Freeze the extras. These carrot cake cookies freeze perfectly. I like to eat one right away and freeze the rest for days when I’m craving something sweet. To thaw, leave them in the fridge overnight, or let them sit for an hour at room temperature. Or, for a faster treat, pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Carrot cake cookies recipe

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If you love these carrot cake cookies, try one of these cookie recipes next:

Carrot Cake Cookies

rate this recipe:
4.98 from 36 votes
Serves 12
These carrot cake cookies are soft, moist, and warmly spiced. Made with oat flour, almond butter, and flaxseed, they're (secretly) healthy enough to eat for breakfast or a snack. Top them with cream cheese frosting for a more decadent treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 5 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup additional whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup grated carrots, (about 3 medium)
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 recipe Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed and warm water and set aside to thicken for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oat flour, the additional 1 cup rolled oats, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup, and vanilla and stir well. Add the flaxseed mixture and stir well to incorporate.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and fold in just until combined. Fold in the walnuts.
  • Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each cookie onto the baking sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 20 to 24 minutes, or until browned around the edges. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • When cookies are completely cool, pipe with cream cheese frosting, if desired.

Notes

These carrot cake cookies are soft and puffy, almost like a muffin top. The amount they puff up varies based on the exact ingredients you use. 

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  1. Karen
    11.10.2022

    Can I sub the flaxseed for real eggs? If so- how many? Is there a sub for almond butter (not nut butters)?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      11.11.2022

      Hi Karen, we haven’t tried this with an egg, so I can’t guarantee the results, but I think 1 egg would work well instead of the flax. Again, we haven’t tried replacing the almond butter, but because it helps with binding here, I think you could sub in another egg. If you try this, let us know how it goes! Hope you enjoy.

  2. Christina
    08.08.2022

    Dear Jeanine!

    All of your recipes are super.

    But I didn’t find the recipe for chocolate

    brownies. Please could you send it to me,

    whenever it is possible for you.

    Thank you so very much.

    Many regards

    Christina

  3. Beth
    04.02.2022

    Can I substitute something for the oil? It already has healthier fats from the almond butter and the nuts. I try to avoid oils due to the impact on inflammation from m.s.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.02.2022

      Hi Beth, I haven’t tried, so I’m not sure.

  4. Danielle
    02.24.2022

    I have never seen a carrot cake type cookie recipe before. This is so intriguing for me! I’m not a cake-texture fan, so a cookie option with these iconic flavors I’m such is lovely.

  5. Kay
    01.27.2022

    What can I use as a substitute for almond flour? Making for someone with nut allergies.

    • Michelle
      03.23.2022

      I used whole wheat flour. They were super bland though! Ended up needing frosting.

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        03.24.2022

        Hi Michelle, the oat and almond flour is likely more flavorful than whole wheat.

  6. Erin
    01.04.2022

    5 stars
    These were so tasty! We made them to take to a group gathering for our anniversary and they were a delight.
    (we didn’t frost them)

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.05.2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  7. Polina
    11.24.2021

    5 stars
    Hi, Jeanine!
    Don’t want it to sound rude but your wont to measure everything in cups freaks me so much out! I’m not from US sadly so I just DON’T UNDERSTEND how much the ‘cup’ is! Here in Russia we use grams 😀
    Could you please write down the recipe some more particular measurements?

    • Zed
      11.28.2021

      Naah.. it is simple, just find a nice wide cup that is ~250ml… 1/4 litre. And voila! I got used to it to the point of prefering it that way. It is simple, no messing with the scales!

    • Rita
      02.08.2022

      250 ml is about right for 1 cup of liquid, but I think 1 cup dry flour is about 125 grams. In the US using grams and liters is very uncommon. I think in cups and ounces, but use a scale and convert a recipe I love to grams and liters to more easily calculate calories and nutrients.

  8. Jennifer Lavoie
    11.13.2021

    5 stars
    Hi! I love these so much I want to make them as birthday mini muffins for my 1 year old. How should I change the recipe so that they don’t crumble like a cookie and stay together like a muffin?

  9. Mary
    09.27.2021

    5 stars
    Cookies came out amazing! Wondering if you can freeze it with the frosting or better without?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.27.2021

      Hi Mary, I froze them with the frosting and they were great.

      • Maria
        09.28.2021

        Good to know. Thanks!

  10. Barbara
    08.05.2021

    5 stars
    I made these today and they taste great but they didn’t flatten. Any advice?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.05.2021

      Hi Barbara, how was the consistency of your almond butter? Was it runny or very thick. The cookies are kind of puffy, they’re not super flat. You could press the dough down gently on the baking sheet after you scoop them if you’d like them a bit flatter than they came out.

      • Barbara
        08.05.2021

        I make my own almond butter and it’s runny but I store it in the fridge so it was pretty thick when I added it. The dough was very stiff and it’s was hard to fold in the walnuts. I’ll try it again with room temp almond butter and see if that makes a difference. Thanks!

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