Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting - A drool-worthy Easter Cookie Recipe that is soft, chewy and carroty.
I really think that this carrot cake cookie recipe is an awesome cookie recipe for Easter. Cookies make any festival worthwhile. Until now I have made so many Easter cookies such as these Peanut Butter Bunny Cookies Easter Chick Oreo cookies, Colorful Easter Crinkle Cookies, Easter Thumbprint Cookies, Easter M&M Cookies and etc. However today's one is really special. After all my favorite ingredient - Carrot is not just a participant here, He is the hero!
Also read: Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies Recipe
Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Easter is almost here. And, therefore it is time that we make something good. Easter is such a positive and happy festival. Finally, we don't have to worry anymore about snow and nerve-racking cold. Today being the first day of April, I am so excited to be baking this Easter-themed carrot cake cookies. I hope you guys have seen my Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe. It was awesome! Also, take a look at these delicious Carrot Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies. Umm! So Chocolaty...
Carrot Desserts are an important part of Easter desserts. I am a person who loves carrots. But, unfortunately, in my family, I am the only one. None of my kids love carrots nor my husband. So, what do you think I do with so many carrot desserts that I make? Well, all of that goes to my neighbors. Well, everything is just for me. And, don't get me wrong! I LOVE eating especially that which I make.
So, while making these cookies, I was so confident that this was going to go great. And, like I expect they went awesome. But, the scary part was frosting. If you have read my post on Chocolate Chip Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, then you probably know that I am quite new with frosting.
And, that this is unchartered territory for me. But, I want to master it. And, hence I am sharing my perfectly imperfect recipes. But, no matter what, I think that they look great. Not awesome, but sure I will get there one day.
How to Make Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Just as any other cookie recipe we start with creaming the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. We mix at high speed with a hand mixer for about a minute or two until its light and fluffy.
- Next, we add our egg, vanilla essence and beat well until we see bubbles in our batter.
- Now, we sift All-Purpose flour, baking soda, Baking powder, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon into our cookies and fold it nicely.
- Lastly, we make small cookie balls and let them bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until the sides are brown.
- For the cream cheese frosting, we mix cream cheese, granulates sugar, some grated carrots, and pineapple juice. We glaze with a spoon and not a piping bag because of grated carrots.
Other Possible Variations
- Many people use condensed milk while making the batter. It makes it more creamy and sweet. But, I like my light brown sugar. So, I have used just that.
- You can avoid eggs and use Vinegar (1/2 Teaspoon) with Thick Plain Yogurt or Greek Yogurt (1 Tablespoon).
- For the spices, you can also add some ground cloves as it has a distinct spicy flavor and would make your carrot cake cookies a lot spicier. But be careful to not overdo it as it may overpower all other flavors.
- You can replace All-Purpose flour with Oatmeal to make it Oatmeal Carrot cake Cookies. Or you can use any gluten-free flour like Buckwheat flour or Amaranth flour to make your carrot cake cookies gluten-free.
Some Important Tips While Baking these Cookies
- Carrot has a lot of moisture in it. Therefore be careful with the quantity of flour or else your cookie dough will be having a lot of moisture content in it. I suggest you balance out the moisture of your cookie dough with some extra flour if you have to.
- Use softened butter at room temperature. Also cut them into small chunks. I have found that small butter chunks are easy to work with. They mix without much effort.
- Be very careful with the spices. Too much of spices will make everything else take the backseat. If we are making a carrot cookie, our main ingredient - carrot should not be hiding in the background. It should be the first thing that people taste.
- Remember that without spices your carrot cake cookies will be totally bland and boring. So use spices but in a balanced amount. Not too much, nor too little.
- Restrict yourself from overbeating the batter. After you have added the flour and other dry ingredients, just fold it into the wet ingredients with a spoon. There is no need for any further beating.
- Keeping your dough covered in a plastic wrap for about an hour or two in the fridge will make your cookies a lot better.
So, let's see the Carrot Cake Cookies Printable Recipe below.
Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
- ½ Cup Unsalted Butter softened at room temperature
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Whole Egg
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- ½ Cup Grated Carrots
- 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 3 Teaspoon Milk
- 2 Oz Cream cheese
- 2 Tablespoon Pineapple Juice
- ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Grated carrots
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9x11 baking tray with cooking spray/vegetable oil/butter.
- First mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This process is called creaming. Now add egg and vanilla essence. Mix for 2 minutes at medium to high speed with a stand mixer or hand mixer.
- Use a sifter to sift and add All-Purpose flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Ground Cinnamon, and Ground Nutmeg in our batter.
- Add grated carrots and fold them in the batter with a spoon. Mix well.
- Cover the cookie dough in a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for some time.
- Use an ice-cream scoop or your hands to make small cookie dough balls and place them on the baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the sides are brown. Let them cool down at the room temperature before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Mix cream cheese, pineapple juice, grated carrots, and granulated sugar with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 3-5 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy. Use a spoon to glaze your carrot cake cookies.
- How you glaze your carrot cake cookies is completely up to you.
- Don't take our cookies from the oven just when they are done. Let them sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.