Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, these Carrot Cake Drop Cookies make it easy and fun not only to eat your vegetables but also to eat carrot cake on the go.
I’ve been making several carrot cake inspired recipes lately and the biggest question I find is – what goes in a carrot cake? Raisins? Coconut? Pineapple? Walnuts? Pecans? I don’t think there’s any right or wrong answer. For my Carrot Cake Cheesecake I made last year, I added the whole works with pineapple and coconut, but then for these Carrot Cake Drop Cookies, I was hesitant in adding pineapple due to the extra moisture; I didn’t want them to spread ridiculously thin. I’m quite pleased with how they turned out – a bit crunchy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. I wanted a cake-like texture rather than a chewy cookie, and I succeeded.
Carrot cake dates back to war time where carrots were more abundant and cheaper than sweeteners. Soon the classic dessert became popular across the US in restaurants and bakeries. I decided to take that classic cake and marry it with drop cookies, making it easier to eat carrot cake on the go.
You can shred your own carrots using a hand grater or food processor or buy a pre-shredded bag. I used pre-shredded carrots from Grimmway Farms who sent me carrots for an upcoming project in May and had some leftover. They were a little big for cookie dough as is, so next time I’d chop them a little more finer. I used walnuts, but you can easily substitute pecans (or leave them out altogether, but I do love the crunchy texture they add).
I wanted to dress the cookies up with a drizzle. Remember when I worked with Chocoley? They sent me a bottle of white chocolate to melt and drizzle. It’s a pretty convenient product because you can melt the chocolate right in the bottle. Any leftover chocolate hardens back up, waiting for its next use. If you don’t want to use white chocolate, you can make a simple glaze of powdered sugar and milk.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- White chocolate, for drizzling
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and shortening until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture then add the carrots, raisins, and walnuts.
- Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (I used #40 scoop) and place onto cookie sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake 17-20 minutes or until firm on the edges and starting to brown. Cool on the sheet for 3 minutes then carefully remove to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
- Melt white chocolate and drizzle over cookies. Let harden. Store in an airtight container.
Source: Adapted from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion
If you enjoyed these Carrot Cake Drop Cookies, you may also enjoy these recipes:
Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Disclosure: I received carrots from Grimmway Farms for an upcoming project and used leftovers in these cookies. I also received white chocolate from Chocoley from a previous project and was not required to use it. I did not receive payment from either company for this post. Just a moose trying to use up what’s in her kitchen :)