Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling – Weekend Baking

Carrot Cake Cookies
I’m a little over cupcakes for the moment so I decided to make my very favourite cake – carrot cake. However, I didn’t want to make a full cake. Luckily I found this great recipe for carrot cake cookies sandwiched together with cream cheese icing on the blog. I remember seeing somewhere that if you eat a slice of carrot cake with cream cheese icing, that is basically your calorie allowance for the day if you are not wanting to gain weight. A rather daunting thought but hey, I only bake in the weekend and I have people to help me eat them. There’s also something therapeutic about baking and sharing it around.



Carrot Cake CookiesCarrot Cake Cookies


3/4 cup golden raisins BUY HERE
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
pinch of cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
114g unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar BUY HERE
1/3 + 3 tablespoons cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla BUY HERE
1 cup finely grated carrots
1 cup walnuts, chopped BUY HERE

225g cream cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla BUY HERE


Place raisins in a small bowl and add enough hot water to cover. Set aside for 5-10 minutes, then drain thoroughly and pat dry.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in carrots, walnuts and raisins (drained!). Add flour mixture and blend just until combined. Set dough in refrigerator to chill for 15-30 minutes – this stops it from spreading so much while cooking.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough per cookie onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 13-15 minutes or until centres spring back to the touch. Cool on pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, pulse cream cheese and butter in a food processor, scraping down sides with a spatula as needed, until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and pulse until combined.

If making ahead, store cookies at room temperature and icing in refrigerator. Ice cookies before serving.



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  1. says

    Mmmmm….these look fabulous! As someone who always requests carrot cake for her birthday, this would be quite a delicious treat!!! Beautiful, too~

    • says

      Carrot cake is always my first choice. I actually enjoy it with a little pineapple in it too – it makes for a very moist cake, but this recipe didn’t have it and since pineapple is quite wet, I would have had to adjust other ingredients and didn’t want to risk mucking up the balance.


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