Soft and Chewy Spiced Carrot Cake Cookies

These cookies weren’t originally in my plans. They’re the result of a carrot muffin failure. I was so disgusted that I couldn’t even bear to re-make the muffins.

So I made cookies instead. Best call ever.

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I had filled muffin cups to almost three-quarters full in an effort to get big puffy domed-top muffins. Unfortunately, what emerged from the oven were mushrooms, not muffins. Their tops sat flush on the pan and although they tasted fabulous, it was one big wall of conjoined muffin tops. Shudder.

The cookies more than make up for the muffins, and if I had to choose, cookies trump muffins anyway.

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They’re supremely moist, soft, and chewy without being cakey. I like my cake to be cakey, but never cookies.

They’re loaded with texture from the carrots, oats, raisins, and butterscotch chips. If you don’t like raisins or butterscotch, and prefer nuts and white chocolate, or nothing at all other than just carrots, suit yourself.

I’m a raisin lover, and after last week’s Oatmeal Scotchies, I’ve also been on a major butterscotch kick.

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Bland carrot cake is so unappetizing and as I mentioned when I made Carrot Cake and Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread, orange vegetables can stand up to a lot of spices without becoming overpowered. In fact, they necessitate a heavier hand when adding spices.

The cookies are pleasantly spiced, and just robust enough, but not overdone. Or course, season to taste based on your preferences.

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I prefer to grate the carrots by hand with a box grater using the coarsest blade. It’s three-quarters of a cup, about two medium carrots, and takes one minute. Bagged shredded carrots from the grocery store just aren’t the same and it isn’t a job worthy of dirtying my food processor.

I measure them by loosely piling them into a one cup measure, and as long as it’s at least three-quarters full, or a skimpy one-cup, that’s ideal.

After the dough comes together, use a medium 2-inch cookie scoop to form mounds and place them on a large plate. The dough is soft and messy and being able to dig into the mixing bowl as if it were a bowl of ice cream, using a scoop, is so much neater and easier.

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Because this dough is soft, it must be chilled for at least 3 hours, overnight, or up to 5 days before baking. Do not bake with warm dough or the cookies will spread. If you want thick cookies, you must chill the dough. Plus, chilling it gives the spices and flavors time to marry.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, however I strongly recommend the lower end of the range. The cookies firm up considerably as they cool, so don’t be afraid to pull them even if the tops look glossy and under-done. Overbaking will turn these softies in rocks, with overly browned bottoms.

 I figure since there’s vegetables baked into them, a few extra cookies means a few extra servings of vegetables. Normally I don’t include nutrition information,  but after scarfing three warm cookies off the baking tray, without feeling like a lead balloon had landed in my stomach, I was curious about their stats.

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I inputted the major ingredients into this site and used 22 as the servings since I made 22 cookies. Butterscotch chips weren’t listed an option so I used dark chocolate chips instead. However, I believe they artificially elevated the stats because dark chocolate is fattier and more calorically dense than butterscotch.

138 calories per cookie

If the optional raisins and baking chips were omitted, it would be less. But carrot cake isn’t carrot cake without raisins and I love butterscotch. And I will always eat cookies based on taste, not on stats. It’s a cookie; it’s not supposed to be healthy. If if happens to be, great; but if not, oh well.

The cookies are a new favorite and are some of the best cookies I’ve made all year, and I bake a new cookie recipe nearly every week. I’m also still madly in love with these.

In large part due to the spices used, they remind me of a perfect slice of carrot cake, minus any cakiness, and I kept reaching for one more. One more.

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They have soft, tender interiors with chewy edges. They stay moist for days and get softer the second and third day because brown sugar is hydrophilic (absorbing atmospheric moisture), rather than drying out.

Juicy raisins, oats, carrot shreds, and sweet butterscotch chips lend so much chew factor and texture.

I live for those thick, dense, loaded-up bites.

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Soft & Chewy Spiced Carrot Cake Cookies - Tons of texture & so moist with zero cakiness. Eat your vegetables by way of healthy cookies!

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Soft and Chewy Spiced Carrot Cake Cookies

All the flavors of richly spiced carrot cake, in cookie form. Soft, chewy, extremely moist, and not at all cakey. They're loaded with texture from the carrots, oats, raisins, and butterscotch chips. If you prefer your carrot cake without raisins or butterscotch, feel free to omit. I love the juicy pop of the raisins and the sweet, butteriness the butterscotch chips lend. As cookies go, theyr'e on the healthier side, and one of my new favorites. They'd also make great sandwich cookies filled with cream cheese frosting.

Yield: About 22 medium-small cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large egg
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 heaping cup grated carrots, loosely packed
1/2 to 2/3 cup butterscotch chips (or white chocolate), optional
1/2 cup raisins (or nuts), optional

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl with hand mixer), combine the egg, butter, sugars, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, optional salt, and beat momentarily to incorporate. As written, cookies are pleasantly spiced and robust, without being over-spiced, but dial down the amounts as written and adjust to taste if you're particularly sensitive.
  3. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, and beat until just combined, less than 1 minute. Add the carrots and beat to incorporate, about 30 seconds. Add the optional butterscotch chips, raisins, and beat to incorporate, about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons) or your hands, scoop out mounds of dough (I made 22) and place them on a large plate. Flatten mounds just slightly with heel of your hand. Cover plate with plasticwrap and refrigerate dough for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days, before baking. Dough is far too soft and moist, and is unsuitable for baking until it's been chilled or cookies will spread dramatically.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line 2 baking sheets with Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mats, parchment, or spray with cooking spray; set aside. Space dough 2 inches apart (8 per tray) and bake for 9 to 11 minutes (I recommend the lower end of that range), or until tops have just set, even if slightly underbaked and glossy in the center. Cookies firm up as they cool, and baking too long results in cookies that set up too crisp and hard with overdone undersides (The cookies shown in the photos were baked for just over 9 minutes, with trays rotated at the 5-minute mark, and have chewy edges with pillowy, soft centers).
  6. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling. Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Related Recipes:

Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting – My favorite carrot cake. Baked as a loaf rather than a traditional cake and so fast and easy to whisk together. Ridiculously moist, soft, tender, full of cinnamon-and-spice-and-everything-nice, including an abundance of carrots and raisins

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Cookie dough bites are always popular and instead of cookie dough, these are carrot cake dough. They’re soft, chewy, and filled with texture

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread – Sweet potatoes do a wonderful job of keeping it extremely soft and moist. It’s almost like cake it’s so soft, springy, and bouncey. It’s robustly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chocolate chip cookies with a pumpkin twist and some gentle, warming spices

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – This quickbread pairs two of my favorites, pumpkin bread and banana bread, into one and it’s topped with a frosting that I could eat by the spoonful

Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars – Part cheese cake, part spice cake,with the flavors of carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and coconut are baked in between the cake and cream cheese layers for richly spiced bars that are very fast and easy to make since there’s a shortcut involved

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies – My new favorite oatmeal cookie dough base. Soft and chewy, they bake up at perfect thickness, and are loaded with butterscotch chips in every bite

Do you like carrot cake? Ever tried carrot cake cookies?

I love carrot cake and the overall spices used, but was leery of making carrot cake cookies. I didn’t want a cakey cookie, and I am thrilled with how these came out. The carrot muffin failure was a blessing in disguise.

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96 Responses to “Soft and Chewy Spiced Carrot Cake Cookies”

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    Ellen — April 29, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Carrot cake is a favorite for me! I actually recently made carrot cake waffles, and was thinking of doing a carrot cake themed week on my blog, this recipe is going on my to try list!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 1:09 am

      I love the idea of a carrot cake themed week! Mmmm, I’d love to recipe test for that one :) And your waffles sound delish!

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    the 3volution of j3nn — April 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Carrots!! Great save. I can’t stand when recipes go bad. I usually perk up when I can turn them around though. I have been thinking about carrot cake and butterscotch chips! But not together. Now I am! :D haha

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 1:07 am

      Girl I was SO TICKED about the muffins. Like I had this feeling I was overfilling them but was pretty sure I’d be okay. Then 2 mins into baking they were starting to explode up in height and I knew I was doomed. Sigh. But honestly, the cookies are way better than the muffins were and butterscotch complements the carrots and the spices. It’s just so good in here!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 29, 2013 at 1:58 am

    I love how you turned a kitchen fail into these awesome cookies. Cookies are more fun to eat anyway :)

    So fun meeting you this weekend, Averie! I just wished we were able to spend more time together!

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    Paula — April 29, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I’ve never had a carrot cake cookie but I love this recipe–lots of texture and spices! I could easily give them a smear of cream cheese frosting or make a sandwich out of them. The butterscotch chips really do it for me–what a great idea! My homemade mayo was successful, easy and has been a great base for other sauces and dressings. I used 1 whole egg and 3/4 cup oil (half batch). I whirled the egg in the vita (on a speed of around 2-3) then set a styrofoam cup (with a hole poked in the bottom) on the lid and poured the oil into the cup so it would drip in slowly.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 4:09 am

      Your mayo sounds wonderful. I may have to give it a go one day.

      And this carrot cake cookie is so good- it’s just packed with texture and chewiness and so much good stuff. I loved these things! I had to try to hide them from myself :)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 29, 2013 at 4:10 am

    There’s nothing better than when a recipe fails but turns into something else delicious! These look so great, and right up my alley! My best friend’s birthday is coming up, and her favorite dessert is carrot cake. I usually make a cake or cupcakes or her, but I like the idea of cookies to change it up! Going to make for her – pinned!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 4:14 am

      Thanks for the pin and I bet your friend will LOVE these if she’s already a carrot cake fan. I think I like them better than actual carrot cake!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — April 29, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Oh man, I love this recipe for so many reasons! I love carrot cake but I love cookies more than I love cake… So, these are perfect. :) And I love the simple ingredient list too! I always have these things on hand, which is good and bad – I could whip them up at any time, but I also might eat more of them than I should. :-D

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 5:30 am

      Girl they are highly addictive and I had to hide them from myself! I loved them so much and if you’re a carrot cake fan (and with all the ingredients on hand no less!) you will love them I bet! LMK if you end up trying them :)

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    katie — April 29, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Yum! Carrot cake is my fave… I love seeing it in the cookie form!

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    Kelly @ Life made Sweeter — April 29, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Yum, these cookies look amazing!!! I prefer cookies over muffins too and love that you were able to save these by creating these delicious looking cookies. Love carrot cake so can’t wait to try these :)

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    Joanne — April 29, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Yay for turning a muffin disaster into something amazingly delicious! I love carrot cake flavors however I can get em and these cookies sound pretty perfect.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — April 29, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I love carrot cake dearly, so seeing it in cookie form makes my morning bright and happy! Def adding this to my recipes to try – thanks.

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — April 29, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Mmm! I am a sucker for anything termed “carrot cake.” I wonder if I could sub part of the butter for greek yogurt? I’m sure I’d get an even softer cookie, probably more cake-like… hmm…

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 5:28 am

      I think it would take it into cake-like territory, i.e. the dreaded cakey territory – which is not my preference but go for it! I only like my cake to be cakey :) Not cookies or brownies!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — April 29, 2013 at 5:30 am

    A carrot cake cookie?!? Wow…this is fabulous! I love carrot cake and I also love cookies, so this is the most perfect combo!

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    Katy @ Katy's Kitchen — April 29, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I do not like carrot cake. I do, however, really like these cookies. Sometimes a “failure” is a good thing even though it can be so darn frustrating!! I am so in love with butterscotch chips, I think it was a fantastic idea to include them in these cookies!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 29, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Oh yeah, cookies trump muffins every time. These look wonderful!

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    Tieghan — April 29, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I loved that you turned a kitchen fail into these awesome cookies!! Plus, I love that they are actually kind of healthy! Score!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life — April 29, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Wow! I’ve never had a carrot cake cookie! I would’ve expected more cakiness but somehow you’ve made it into one of the most delicious looking COOKIES I’ve ever seen! This is so different I’m just gonna have to try it … I love going crazy with spices, hmmm yum, they are my favorite:) And with all this ingredients I bet there is a lot of texture. I wish my recent muffin disaster had turned out so well! Just curious – could this recipe still be made into muffins if I didn’t over fill them? Either way – awesome job! The concept and pictures have me hook, line, and sinker!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 6:05 am

      No – this is a totally DIFFERENT recipe than the one I used for the muffins. This is cookie dough. That was muffin batter. Apples and oranges. For you and anyone else reading this, don’t try to make muffins using cookie dough. Won’t work :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 29, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I jeez I hate recipe failures but these cookies sound absolutely perfect, so clearly even the failure was meant to be :)

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — April 29, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Wow these look great… and not that bad for you!

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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — April 29, 2013 at 6:37 am

    A Disney chef once told me that sometimes the best recipes come out of mistakes, which is something I always try to keep in mind when a recipe doesn’t turn out the way I want it to. These cookies look great!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 7:51 am

      A Disney chef…wow that’s impressive that you seem to be on a first name basis with one!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — April 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

    You must be reading my mind because my husband recently made a request for carrot cake cookies. I’m pinning this now and will probably try making these this weekend!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 7:50 am

      wow that’s a pretty unique request and how cool he asked, and now he will receive :)

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    lindsay — April 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

    This is such a great idea! I’m going to make these for my dad’s birthday. They’re two of his favorites combined! :D

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — April 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I saw these cookies and said, “Oh my God” out loud. I’m a huge carrot cake fan, and these cookies are the cookie equivalent! Got ‘em pinned!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Carrot cake has and always will be one of my weaknesses, Averie! And the combination of carrot cake with oatmeal cookies (another fave) and butterscotch (yes another fave)… my head is spinning. Three of my favorites into ONE amazing cookie. It’s so funny – some of my favorite (and most popular) recipes come from baking failures. That’s how we learn, right? Not everything can be perfect. But from something terrible, something wonderful may be born. A carrot cake cookie that doesn’t look or taste cakey is hard to find! And you delivered it with success. Pinning these – they look amazing!

    I love both cookies and muffins but… cookies will always win. ;)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 8:19 am

      a non-cakey Carrot Cake Cookie is just what these are and like pumpkin whoopie pies, I had really only seen carrot cake cookies that looked sort of like that; flat saucers that looked like cakes, in cookie form. Not my scene (although I do love pumpkin whoopie pies but that’s another post). I was trying to do what you do with the domed muffins. Seriously, I was doubting myself but kept thinking, well, Sally does it all the time. And have had success with the 3/4+full in the past on other recipes, but not on that one!

      I have a recipe for carrot cake cookies in Peanut Butter Comfort but I wrote it…like 2 yrs ago. One of the first recipes I ever wrote and can’t even tell you what I did :)

      Thanks for the pin!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — April 29, 2013 at 8:15 am

    And…you know how much I adore carrot cake, right? I feel like this kitchen fail of yours was kismet…because the world needed a non-cakey Carrot Cake Cookie! Absolutely CANNOT wait to bake a batch of these! Because I’m the sharing type, I may need to double the recipe so there’s enough to go around. Thanks for sharing, Averie! Each and every day, you just blow my mind. Pinning to group boards! xo

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Thanks for the pins to the group boards and for your sweet comment & support, as always :)

      a non-cakey Carrot Cake Cookie! <– and yes, they are totally NON cakey!

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    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance — April 29, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Averie, I need you to open a bakery, so I could order dozens and dozens of these!! These cookies are completely MY type of cookie. :)

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    Hanna — April 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Ooo, this looks like another one of your cookie recipes I’ll have to try!

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    Casey @ A Cruising Couple — April 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Just divine! I can’t get butterscotch or white chocolate chips in Taiwan, but I think I might just have to attempt these with plain ol’ semi-sweet chocolate chips and see what happens. And then I won’t feel guilty about eating them since there are carrots involved :-)

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    Erica — April 29, 2013 at 9:07 am

    mmm mmm mmm. What a happy mistake!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Love this idea! I love carrot cake and cookies, fabulous idea to combine the two. BTW, we missed you Saturday! I thought you’d be around all weekend.

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I LOVE carrot cake cookies! These look so perfect right now!

    P.S. It was good great to finally meet face-to-face, gorgeous ;)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      You too sweetie! I had a lonley lil one at home Fri nite and overslept Sat. morning. Whoops! :)

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    Katie — April 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I’ve made carrot cake cookies too and I agree. Cookies>>>Cake, no matter what flavor. GREAT idea with the butterscotch chips!! I can see these with white chocolate chips too – kind of the cream-cheesy like “frosting” in chip form.

    My stomach just growled. For real.

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    Ashley — April 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I love that the texture is chewy and not cakey … don’t get me wrong I love cake but I’m with you on that cookies are better when chewy : ) And I do love carrot cake!

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    Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge — April 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I love carrot cake! I am with you on grating them by hand- the pregrated carrots don’t taste like carrots at all! Freshly gratted carrots are head and shoulders better. Like the idea of cookies!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Sort of like pre-shredded cheese in a bag…just not the same!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — April 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I do love carrot cake in all forms…I have made cookies, donuts, and cake. What a fun cookie!!! I am glad you made the cookies instead of the muffins again…cookies are way much more fun :-) And raisins and butterscotch chips sound awesome together!!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I love carrot cake, fab idea to turn it into a cookie!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — April 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Gosh, can these get any puffier and softer and chewier? I don’t think so. And I don’t even like carrot cake, yet I’m finding my nails clawing at the screen for them. They’re perfect, Averie!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Wait you don’t like carrot cake? I had no idea! I am sort of surprised by that one! I bet these would convert you :)

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    vanillasugarblog — April 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I remember you mentioning these in a comment you left.
    Need to try them!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    These cookies speak to my undying love of carrot cake! The one of many things I love about cookies is that they don’t feel like lead in my stomach when I eat more than one which I usually do.

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 29, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    My husband is going to love you for this Averie! YUM!

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    jehanne@thecookingdoctor — April 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    These cookies look like fun, I always like carrot cake so I will certainly love these!

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    Heather @ French Press — April 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    carrot cake is the only cake I really like, so I am totally going to be in love with these I just know it! they look SO good!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      It’s the only cake you really like? Wow, I wish I had that problem :)

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    Ari @ Ari's Menu — April 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    The butterscotch chips totally take these cookies to the next level!! I tried some carrot cake cookies back when I was trying not to eat dessert. I used almond meal and barely sweetened them, and they were disgusting. Like a million times worse than one big muffin top. I actually threw out cookies which has never happened before. These, however, wouldn’t last 10 minutes in my house!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 29th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      I’ve seen that done in raw/vegan cookbooks and frankly it sounds disgusting and I don’t know how some of these authors pass that off as a ‘cookie’…hardly. These are the polar opposite and are so good! I hope you try them!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — April 30, 2013 at 5:01 am

    That is seriously one gorgeous cake! I love the chewiness of it and the calorie count is even better!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — April 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Forget the muffins. You are a master of cookies.

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    Gloria @ Simply Gloria — April 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

    So funny how when we do things unintentionally and everything turns out better than expected. And these turned out definitely perfect, Averie! I’m the same way when it comes to carrots…in fact, my sis was with me at the grocery store and wanted to me purchase the shredded carrots in the bag. And I opted for the regular ones. Love this recipe…the spice and everything about it!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 30th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Grated carrots and cheese in the bags is just not the same!

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    Valerie — April 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

    In baking, as in art, there are no mistakes – only discoveries. :) These cookies look wonderful – please send over a dozen asap!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 30th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      I just happened to have discovered elbow grease after scrubbing that muffin explosion pan :)

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    Megan @ For the Love of Cookies — April 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I am so on board with this idea! It’s so unique – I was just wondering the other day about a carrot cake ice cream, but I never even thought of cookies. They sound amazing and I hope to try them soon!

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    dearcat — April 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Hi Averie. You come up with the darndest recipes. I have made carrot cake and muffins for more than 50 years and would never have thought of turning muffins into cookies. Can not wait to try these. They dound delicious.

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 30th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      And they are so good because they taste like a cookie, chewy without being just like a big puffy muffin top, which was a little tricky to get down-pat, but I think you’ll love them! I would love to try your 50+ year old recipe for carrot cake and muffins…that is so wonderful you have such a timeless recipe!

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    Kate@Diethood — April 30, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Averie, these cookies… oh my gah! Carrot cake cookies?!?! BRILLIANT!!

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    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection — April 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I love when baking mistakes turn into a baking success. These cookies look and sounds fabulous! A lot of people don’t seem to like carrot cake, but I am a huge fan! These cookies would go great with a spoonful of cream cheese frosting. :) (But then I guess that would make these skinny cookies not quite as low in calories….)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — April 30th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Yeah a cream cheese sandwich cookie would be wonderful, I won’t debate that!

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