Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies

Just in time for Fall, these chewy carrot cake cookies are the perfect treat for a crisp day, a party, with a hot cup of tea or any occasion!

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I made a roast not too long ago and I over estimated how many carrots would fit into the crockpot… so I had a few leftover.  I could eat them or I could figure out how to bake when them.

Baking with them sounded more fun.

Last year I made carrot cupcakes so I knew this year I wanted to try something different.  Cookies! Yes! Carrot cake cookies.  BUT… these cookies had to be chewy.  They couldn’t be puffy or cake like.  I wanted them to have substance and chew with tons of amazing carrot and spice flavor!

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So these cookies are made with browned butter, lots of shredded carrots, spices and amped up with white chocolate chips and shredded coconut.  They are crisp on the edges and chewy in the center.  The white chocolate chips add just a hint of sweetness!  If you wanted to add chopped nuts to these cookies… I bet that’d be awesome too.  (Although I didn’t add any because I’m allergic to nuts.)

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If you love carrot cake…. you’ll love these chewy carrot cake cookies!

So good.  I mean it.  SO GOOD.

Enjoy!

Chewy Carrot Cake Cookies
 
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Serves: 2-3 dozen cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1½ cups finely grated carrots (about 2 medium-large carrots)
  • 1½ cups white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips (for garnish)

Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, melt the butter, stirring occasionally. Cook the butter until it turns slightly golden brown. It will have a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it.
  3. Pour the browned butter into the the bowl of your stand mixer.
  4. Add the sugars to the butter and beat until combined. Scrape the bowl and beat again.
  5. One at a time, mix in the eggs and beat well after each. Mix in the vanilla. Scrape the bowl and let rest for 2 minutes. Mix again until smooth.
  6. Add the carrots and mix until combined.
  7. In two parts, add the dry ingredients and mix together on medium speed until almost all the flour has been incorporated.
  8. Fold in the coconut and white chocolate chips.
  9. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  10. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  11. Drop ¼ cup size balls of dough onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Press a few extra white chocolate chips on the top of the dough.
  12. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  13. Allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes
Recipe adapted from The Swell Quenelle

Carrot Cupcakes + DIY Carrot Toppers

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It’s the week before Easter and I wanted to make something super special for my daughter to take to school to share with her teachers.  I’ve never made carrot cake before… honestly, I’ve never really eaten it either because usually when it’s served somewhere, it has nuts… and I’m allergic.  Boo.  So this carrot cupcakes have no nuts but LOTS of flavor!

I searched and searched and searched the internet for a recipe.  There are LOTS of carrot cake and cupcake recipes.  A LOT.  Some had pineapple, some apple sauce, some coconut or raisins.  WHICH DO I CHOOSE?!?!

Finally, I settled on this recipe from the Food Network – 24 Karrot Gold Cupcakes.  There wasn’t one negative review on the recipe, so that had to be a plus.  But – of course I couldn’t help but doctor it up a little bit and put my own spin on things.

They turned out SO YUM!  Why haven’t I made carrot cake before!?!?

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I also decided after seeing this tutorial by No Biggie for DIY carrot cupcake toppers that I wanted to make my own version of them to top these cupcakes! I mean how much more perfect are carrot cupcakes topped with carrots?  At the bottom of this post you’ll find my adaptation of this No Biggie’s tutorial!

Happy Easter!

Enjoy!

Carrot Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 18 cupcakes

Ingredients
Carrot Cupcakes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple, strained (I also wrang it out in a paper towel to get as much juice out as I could)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups grated carrots (2-3 large carrots)
Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 6oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • the seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups powered sugar
Decorating Supplies
  • Disposable piping bag
  • large round piping tip
  • orange, green and yellow sprinkles
  • PEEPS bunnies
  • DIY Carrot Toppers
  • Sugar flowers

Instructions
Carrot Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  3. In another large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the oil and mix together.
  4. Add the sugars and whisk until smooth and there are no more sugar clumps.
  5. Add the vanilla, pineapple, carrots and milk and whisk until combined.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Fold until completely combined. Do not overmix.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  2. Add the vanilla bean seeds, vanilla extract, salt and heavy cream and beat until incorporated – about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until smooth. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Using a large round tip fitted on a disposable piping bag, squeeze a large round dollop of frosting on to the top of each cupcake.
  5. Top cupcakes with sugar flowers, PEEPS bunnies and DIY carrots.

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For all the ins and outs to make these carrot cupcake toppers, visit No Biggie’s blog for the full tutorial!  I didn’t have all the supplies and tools she had to make them exactly the same, so I used what was in my house and I still think they turned out great!

Supplies

  • Orange & green card stock
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Cut strips of orange card stock the long length of your paper. I cut mine about 1/3″, but you can cut whatever size works best for you. If you use a paper that isn’t color on both sides, make sure that any lines you draw to help you cut your paper are not visible on the white side. (I learned this the hard way once I started assembling them and had to trim the edges so you couldn’t see my lines.)
  • Cut 3×2″ rectangles of green card stock.  Cut fringe up one side of the paper, making sure to leave about 1/4″ uncut.  (See pictures in the No Biggie tutorial for a better description.)
  • Spread the glue stick on the uncut length of the green card stock.  Wrap that tightly around the end of the lollipop stick and hold for 30 seconds for the glue to adhere.  Fray out the fringe.
  • Wrap the orange paper around the center of the lollipop stick and hold for 30 seconds.  Let go of the paper, it will be curled up like ribbon.  Glue the outer edge of the curled paper to the top of the stick at the base of the wrapped green fringe.   Glue the bottom inner edge about half way down the stick.  You may want to move the paper up/down or adjust it to how it looks best before gluing the bottom to the stick.  Hold the paper in place to let the glue adhere.

Wondering where I got some of these cupcake supplies?

Orange zigzag liners – Sweets & Treats Boutique
Sugar flowers – Lucks Food Decorating Company
Orange marshmallow bunnies – PEEPS & Co.