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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- 1 spice cake mix (or carrot cake mix)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup raisins, divided
- ½ cup grated carrots
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a sheet pan with a Silpat or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cinnamon, butter, egg, vanilla, and cream cheese. Mix until a soft dough forms.
- Gently stir in the carrots, ¾ cup raisins, walnuts, and coconut by hand. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 60 minutes.
- Scoop dough into 24 even balls and place 12 balls on baking sheet. Press a few raisins into the tops of the dough balls. Bake 12-13 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and let cookies cool on pan 2-3 minutes. Gently remove from pan to cooling rack or parchment paper. Cool completely. Store in air tight container.
Original Carrot Cake Cookies Recipe
- Mix together cake mix, ½ cup melted butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl.
- Stir in 1 cup white chocolate chips and ½ cup caramel bits. Chill dough 30-60 minutes.
- Scoop into 30 balls and bake 10-11 minutes at 350°.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.
*The post for Carrot Cake Cookies was first published August 2012. The post and pictures were updated and republished April 2022.