Chock full of carrots, walnuts, raisins, cardamom, cinnamon, and candied pineapple, these Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Drizzle are so incredibly flavorful ~ and begging to be enjoyed with a tall, cold, glass of milk!
UPDATED: This post was originally published on April 16th, 2018. I have updated the post below with tips that will make these an easy treat to enjoy.
My obsession with carrot cake everything continues with these Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Drizzle. Now, I’ve made and shared better-for-you-and-me, refined sugar-free carrot cake cookies and bars on here before. But these cookies are not refined sugar-free. And, I wouldn’t say they are better for you or me.
They are however, an extremely tasty indulgence!
These carrot cake cookies are ever so slightly crispy and chewy.
They have a ton of flavor from spices such as ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon.
But, that’s not all – these carrot cake cookies are made with a bit of candied pineapple as well. I have found candied pineapple at most grocery stores but if you would rather not use it, no worries. You could also use some candied ginger if you have some on hand.
Just like these carrot cake cupcakes, these cookies are filled with raisins and walnuts, which, in my opinion as a delightful texture to these as well. My daughter has made these cookies several times with pecans instead of walnuts and golden raisins instead of the brown ones I used in these.
These cookies have a lot going for them in the flavor and texture department, so if the cream cheese drizzle can be skipped, if you prefer. But, I was aiming for an indulgent treat so I added a very thin drizzle of cream cheese to these.
To quote my daughter, this past Sunday, I was “drunk on sleep”! Drunk on sleep because this past Sunday I slept in.
While most weekends, I like to wake up before my daughter and dog wake up, and slowly enjoy three cups a cup of coffee before leisurely making some waffles or pancakes. Then, when my daughter wakes up, we watch another episode of whatever we’ve been Netflix-binging (currently it’s New Girl) while leisurely enjoying breakfast before heading off to the gym and then to church.
But this Sunday, we rushed through avo-toast and coffee and I snuck one of these Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Drizzle out of the freezer to enjoy on our ride down to church.
Yes – these Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Drizzle do freeze extremely well!
What makes these carrot cake cookies so flavorful?
With an 18-ingredient list that includes:
- Kerrygold butter,
- light brown sugar,
- vanilla extract,
- orange extract,
- all-purpose flour,
- rolled oats,
- baking powder,
- baking soda,
- ginger powder,
- candied pineapple, and
- this cream cheese drizzle
These Carrot Cake Cookies are slightly chewy, most definitely sweet, and flavor-packed with the addition of a little bit of cinnamon, cardamom, orange extract, and vanilla extract.
Tips to make these cookies:
I used Kerrygold butter in these cookies as it has a lower water content which makes it ideal for baked goods. Also, it taste pretty darn fantastic,
I used some candied pineapple along with shredded carrots, raisins, and walnuts in these cookies to enhance their taste and texture.
I also added in oats as I love the taste and texture of oats in cookies. I f you would rather not, then just add a half cup more of all purpose flour while leaving out the oats.
They can be enjoyed without the cream cheese drizzle or with it. The cream cheese drizzle is very similar to the one I used with these Carrot Cake Waffles and is a bit on the sticky side.
- 2 sticks Kerrygold butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsps pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp orange extract, (optional)
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped up into little bits
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup candied pineapple , chopped into little bits
- 1/4 cup cream cheese drizzle
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar together, using an electric mixer.
- Then, add in the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture between the addition of the two eggs.
- Add in the orange extract (if using) and vanilla extract and beat well.
- Then add in 1/2 cup of the flour and mix lightly, repeat till all the flour is added.
- Add in the oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger and mix and set the electric mixer aside
- Using a wooden spatula, mix in the grated carrots, candied ginger bits, walnut bits and raisins.
- At this point, scoop spoonfuls of the dough, roll into balls (made 30 balls for me, but how many you get will depend on the size of the balls) and place in a covered bowl and place in the refrigerator to chill for about an hour.
- If you are baking the whole batch, line 3 baking trays with parchment paper, place the balls with about an inch between each (3 per row) on them and bake for 11-12 minutes till cookies are a bit puffed up and golden. The cookies will be soft at this point but will harden and become chewier as they cool.
- *If you are not baking the whole batch, the Carrot Cake Cookie Dough Balls can be stored in the fridge for upto two weeks and you can bake the quantity you'd like during this time.
- When cookies cool completely, sprinkle Cream Cheese Drizzle on them and enjoy.
- **If you decide to bake the whole batch and have leftovers after you have shared as many as you can, the leftovers can be stored in the freezer for about two weeks or so.
Nutrition InformationYield 30 Serving Size cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 145Saturated Fat 4.3gCholesterol 25mgSodium 95mgCarbohydrates 18.5gFiber 0.6gSugar 9gProtein 2g