Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting blend the warm, spiced flavors of carrot cake with the portability and convenience of cookies, topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting. These cookies are perfect for spring gatherings, Easter, or whenever you crave the unique taste of carrot cake in a bite-sized form.

Ingredients

  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (100g) grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup (50g) chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) raisins (optional)
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 ounces (113g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Cookies:
1
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3
In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well combined.
4
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
5
Fold in the grated carrots, and if using, the chopped nuts and raisins.
6
Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
7
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden and the centers are set. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1
In a medium bowl, using a mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.
2
Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beating until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
3
Once the cookies have cooled completely, spread or pipe the cream cheese frosting onto the tops of the cookies.

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