Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies

It’s a special day here on Inspired by Charm. Fall Cookie Week (FCW) has returned for its fifth consecutive year. Grab a whisk and don your stretchy pants, it’s time to bake. We’re kicking off the week with Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies.

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

How to Make:

Some people might think of carrot cake as a spring treat, but with spices like cinnamon and ginger, plus the opportunity to use farm-fresh carrots, I’m proclaiming it to be ideal for fall. And since our focus this week is cookies, it only makes sense to turn this beloved cake into a frosted, soft cookie.

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |
Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |
Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |
Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

Drop cookies like these always a favorite. (Do you remember my Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies and the Frosted Pumpkin Cookies I made?) Eating this kind of cookie is almost like having a cupcake. Topped with a mound of frosting, it doesn’t get much better.

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |
Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |
Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

These bad boys are living up to my expectations. Grated fresh carrots are mixed up with oats, fall spices, and pecans to create a super flavorful and soft cookie.

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

I love the flavor of the pecans in this recipe, so make sure to include them. I chopped mine up until they were as fine as cornmeal because I don’t like bits of nuts in my cookies. Of course, if you prefer a crunch, just use finely chopped pieces.

No matter how you chop the pecans, I think you’re going to be crazy about these cookies. Let’s get baking!

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

I adore cream cheese frosting. Paired with carrot cake, it’s classic and delicious.

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |
Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

You can almost taste them just by looking at them, can’t you?

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

Happy Baking!

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies |

Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies

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Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 36
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
These Frosted Carrot Cake Cookies are like carrot cake but in cookie form. They are topped with a cream cheese frosting for the perfect finishing touch.


Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Beat at medium speed until creamy, scraping the bowl when necessary. Then beat in the eggs, orange zest, and vanilla.
  • Next, mix in flour. Then, stir in the oats, carrots, and pecans until just combined.
  • Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons on to a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet; then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • In the meantime, prepare the frosting. Begin by beating together butter, cream cheese, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Then, add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time, beating in between, until smooth and creamy.
  • Once the cookies are cooled, frost with about 1-2 tablespoons of frosting.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 930IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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  • Jennifer at

    These look delicious. But, can I gild the lily by tinting the frosting orange and covering the cookies with Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That sounds like a fabulous idea! Go for it. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Mia at

    I sure love this blog!

  • Carol at

    Does the frosting ever harden enough to stack the cookies? I would like to take some in to work and a smaller dish is less conspicuous (I can’t bake them for the whole place!)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


      The frosting does get a “layer”, however it doesn’t harden completely. So, if you do stack them, the frosting will dent. I don’t think it would be a disaster, but they won’t look “as nice”.

      xo Michael

  • kathleen at

    these look and sound awesome! Hubby’s favorite cake is Carrot & his favorite cookie is Oatmeal…. so i think this one is going to be a no-brainer. Can’t wait to try these!

  • Ardith at

    Hello, Michael. These cookies look so tasty. Thank you for the recipe and have a great week. Cheers, Ardith

  • Julie Blanner at

    It’s perfectly acceptable to call these breakfast, right? These look delicious! Happy Monday!

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