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Carrot Cake Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

February 6, 2012

About an hour and a half before I was due at my dad’s for a Superbowl Party, I remembered that I had promised to bring something for us all to share. Dad had appetizers and the main course covered, which (obviously) left me with dessert.

Oddly enough, I had absolutely no inspiration or craving for anything in particular; even looking through my food porn board on Pinterest couldn’t get my gears turning. Even NICK didn’t have a dessert suggestion (the horror!)

So as I was doing my grocery shopping, I stood in the baking aisle and went with whatever looked good.

And what looked good was carrot cake.

I originally intended to make a legit carrot cake (albeit from a boxed mix. Did I mention this was an hour and a half before the party? I was not about to get into the kitchen and start grating carrots at this point).

Then, out of nowhere, I decided I was going to try to turn the carrot cake mix into a cookie mix.

And I still wanted to frost my cookies with cream cheese frosting (because, let’s be real, the cream cheese frosting is the best part about carrot cake)—but canned frosting is so sweet that it’s even too much for me.

So I decided on an easy compromise: shortcut cookies and homemade frosting.

Carrot Cake Cookies


  • One box carrot cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil in large bowl until well combined. (I needed to add a bit of water to bring all of the ingredients together—maybe <1/4 cup?)
  • Stir in raisins.
  • Scoop cookies out by the tablespoonful onto a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4 oz. Neufchatel cheese (or light cream cheese)
  • 2.5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 – 1 C powdered sugar (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


  • Beat cheese and butter with electric stand mixer until well combined. Add vanilla.
  • Slowly beat in sugar and add more to taste (I like to keep it on the less-sweet end!)

Oh, compromise. You’ve never tasted so good.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2012 7:06 am

    This looks absolutely delicious…I could eat them for breakfast!

  2. February 9, 2012 8:42 pm

    looks like it was a great last-minute decision to turn these into cookies!

  3. February 12, 2012 12:46 pm

    Ooh, I need to make these!! My hubby would love them! And… I think I would love them too. Ha, ha.

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