These Carrot Cake Mix Cookies are delicious, easy to make, and perfect for any celebration. With all your favorite carrot cake flavors, these cookies will be a hit with everyone.
Carrot cake is a popular recipe to make this time of year. This time we are making it in a cookie form.
Did you know that you can make cookies from a cake mix? It's seriously the easiest thing to do and probably my favorite way to make cookies. Our kids always go nuts for these cookies and cream cookies!
Using a box cake mix gives you so many varieties and options for making cookies. Since carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes, I decided to incorporate it into a festive cake mix cookie.
Why This Recipe Works
Adding a few extra ingredients and mix in's gives these carrot cake mix cookies a little bit of extra flair and flavor. They are a fun and delicious cookie to make for Easter celebrations.
- Only takes minutes to make the cookie dough.
- Easy to customize with your favorite carrot cake mix-ins.
- Loaded with coconut and raisins!
- Stay soft and chewy for days.
- Tastes just like your favorite carrot cake.
Main Ingredients Needed
This easy carrot cake cookie recipe only requires a few ingredients and takes just 10 minutes to make the dough.
- Cake Mix - For these cookies you can use a carrot cake mix or a spice cake mix. Either one works great. Just make sure you are only using the dry cake mix powder.
- Butter & Cream Cheese - Adds flavor and a great texture to the cookies.
- Vanilla Extract - Adds more flavor.
- Egg - Gives the cake mix the moisture it needs to make a dough.
- Mix-Ins - Grated carrots, shredded coconut, raisins, and chopped walnuts make these cake mix cookies taste just like carrot cake.
How to make Carrot Cake Cookies
You will love how simple these carrot cookies are to make. Just combine the ingredients, chill the dough, and then bake for a few minutes. They are so soft and delicious!
- Add the dry cake mix, softened cream cheese and butter, and vanilla to a large bowl. Beat until a soft dough forms.
- Gently stir in raisins, carrots, coconut, and walnuts. Refrigerate the dough for at least 60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop the dough into 24 even balls. Press a few extra raisins on the tops.
- Bake 12 cookies at a time for 12 minutes. Let the cookies rest on the hot pan for 2 minutes, then gently move to a wire rack or parchment paper to cool completely.
Place the cooled cookies in an air tight container and keep on the counter at room temperature for 4-5 days.
You can also freeze the cookies for 1-2 months. Place cookies in a container or freezer bag with parchment paper between the layers.
- Use a box grater or food processor to grate fresh carrots. Do NOT use the matchstick carrots from the store because those are for salads and are too dry for baking.
- Chill the cookie dough to make it easier to scoop and to keep the cookies from spreading too much when baking.
- For the best texture and taste, let the cookies cool completely before eating or serving.
- Feel free to leave out any of the mix-ins that you do not like.
- Want to make these carrot cake cookies extra special? Top with a layer of cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with extra chopped walnuts.
Can you use a different cake mix?
Yes, feel free to use a carrot cake mix, spice cake mix, vanilla cake mix, or yellow cake mix. If you use a vanilla or yellow cake, add 2-3 teaspoons of cake spice or cinnamon to the dough.
How many cookies does this make?
This recipe makes 24 cookies. You can also scoop the dough into 36 small dough balls and bake them around 10-11 minutes.
Can cake mix cookies be made ahead of time?
Yes, they are a great cookie to make 1-2 days ahead of time because they stay soft for days. You can also make the dough ahead of time and keep that in a covered container in the fridge until you need/want cookies.
Other Cake Mix Cookie Recipes
- Rolo Cookies
- Chocolate M&M Cookies
- Strawberry Kiss Cookies
- Chocolate Mallow Cookies
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
- Chocolate Mint Cookies
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*The post for Carrot Cake Cookies was first published August 2012. The post and pictures were updated and republished April 2022.
Have you tried these with cream cheese frosting on them?
I haven't tried it...but that sounds so good!!!!
I just made some and I like them with the cream cheese frosting. The only thing I would change is cut the white chocolate chips in half (too sweet with the frosting) and maybe add more cinnamon.
Oh, good call on cutting the white chips in half...I didn't think about the frosting adding quite a bit more sweetness to it. I can't wait to try it this way!
No cream cheese in these??
In this batch I didn't use the cream cheese. But feel free to add 4 ounces of cream cheese and bake these 9 minutes like the other ones on my site. The cream cheese does give it a little bit different texture. I like the cookies both ways.
Ok, thank you. And I assume just one egg if you add the cream cheese?
Yes, you only need 1 egg if you use the cream cheese.
To cream cheese or not to cream cheese? THAT is the question... You said the texture is a little different, which is better? I'm going to make these after a quick nap. I'll look for your answer then. =)
Hhhhmmmm I have to say I probably prefer the cream cheese, but the other ones are really good too. You can't go wrong either way 🙂
Thanks for a great recipe! It was a perfect choice for a work potluck and tasted like the best parts of carrot cake!
I am so glad to hear how much you liked the cookies. I loved the picture of these on my FB too 🙂
Made these for teacher treats and they were AMAZING!! I shared these on my Facebook business page too, yum!
Thanks these cookies sound so yummy. Just a quick question I just want to make sure. The carrot cake mix is it the dry mix you buy in boxes at the sho where you just need to add the wet ingredients? Thanks
Yes, it is the dry cake mix:-) I hope you enjoy them!!!
I just made these and they're delicious! I had trouble rolling the dough though cause it was REALLY sticky...do you have this issue? Any suggestions for next time?
I'm glad you liked them. Did you chill it for at least 30 minutes and did you use real butter? Chilling the dough should help the butter set back up so it isn't so sticky.
Great recipe. They were delish, my son and daughter devoured them. I love all your food post and have the recipes saved for future use. This is the only one I have been able to make due to timing. Would you happen to have any more recipes like this, that start from a cake box and are quick and easy to make? Loved it!!!
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Wow! Do those cookies look good.
These look amazing! I love carrot cake - I just did a carrot cake ice cream post. I need to make these cookies and make an ice cream sandwich with my ice cream for double the carrot cake deliciousness!
Yummy!! I have my batter in the fridge right now! I LOVE carrot cake, plus with white chocolate and caramels?!?! And no raisins, a definite plus! Making them for a back to school party tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe!
Awesome!!! I hope you guys enjoyed them!!!
Yum! I love all the extra you put into these cookies, the white chocolate chips, the caramel bits! Cake mix cookies are my new love so I'll be trying these soon. Thanks for sharing!
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Lol you crack me up! These look amazing!!!
Thanks! Glad I can make you laugh:-)
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