Carrot Cookies Recipe


I recently discovered this recipe for carrot cookies online, and was intrigued.  I’d never heard of such a thing, and soon discovered that there are a number of carrot cookie recipes out there.  Who knew?!  Some are iced and some aren’t. Some are made with cooked carrots – these are made with fresh grated carrots.  Such variety!

While I don’t pretend that these are healthy cookies because there are carrots in there, I do like that they have a pinch of veggies per cookie.  And being Mama Bunny to two rescued rabbits, I guess I have a soft spot for carrots!  I should also mention that though these cookies are called carrot cookies, the most dominant flavor that comes through is orange (from the orange zest).  The carrot is really mild, and is most noticeable in the orange pops of color it gives the cookie and a subtle bit of texture.

I hope you enjoy this recipe from, which was posted by Nevena Long.  I only made one change to the recipe – I added one teaspoon of vanilla.

Carrot Cookies Recipe


1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/4 cups grated carrots

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2.  Cream butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and orange zest. Stir to blend.
3.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add to butter mixture alternately with grated carrots. Mix to form dough.
4.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased or non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Loosen cookies with spatula. Cool on wire rack.

Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies


If you’re making these cookies for a larger family or a gathering of some sort you may want to double or triple the recipe.  Happy Baking!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted July 5, 2012 at 7:54 am by Diana Wick | Permalink

    Sounds so yummy, I have a bunch of carrots from my garden. I am going to make a batch for my husbands lunch! He can share with his two helpers. Yummo!

  2. Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:56 am by Melody | Permalink

    Hurray – so glad to hear you’re going to make some of these cookies! I was hoping the recipe would come in handy for folks that are growing carrots in their garden…

  3. Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:47 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Looks easy… I must put it on my list.

  4. Posted July 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Yes, it’s a *very* easy recipe. I hope you enjoy them!