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Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies

Cooking for a Crowd

Cooking for a Crowd

Use these recipe sheets to prepare for larger groups:

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Kid friendly
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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 48 Cookies
Nutrition Facts: View label


½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce or fruit puree
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 ½ cups finely grated carrot (about 3 large carrots)
1 cup raisins (or any type dried fruit)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the sugars, oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.
  5. Blend the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Stir in the carrots and raisins.
  6. Drop the dough by a teaspoon onto the baking sheet.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Store in an airtight container.


These are the best cookies! All my friends eat them before I get any! (make a big batch!)

This recipe is sooooo good! I will use it repetedly!

These taste really good, but are more like a soft muffin cookie. Followed recipe exactly, but was very sticky in the end, needed to use napkins!

Yes, as the other reviewers pointed out this is a great recipe! And they are moister than a traditional cookie. I thought the recipe would take a long time to prep but many of the measures are the same so I was done before I knew it and they baked perfectly. They don't spread much if at all when baking so you can put them close together on the baking sheet. I used pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. And my applesauce was frozen so I used a banana for the fruit purée.

Kids and adults love this cookie.  I always make a double batch and freeze some to have a smart treat on hand.

Thank you so much for sharing this Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies recipe. I want to try it at home. I want to bake a cake for my kids. They always told me to bake then i was looking for a cake that has a carrot flavor. Then I finally found this recipe..Once again Thank you so much for posting this. 

These cookies are so wholesome, rustic and delicious looking. I love the spices that have been used and the raisins, carrots, apple sauce, oats and brown sugar go so well together. Its a great snack for the kids.

I followed recipe exactly, kids loved it. They are constantly asking me for me to make it again!

Use the "Cooking for a Crowd" version of this recipe when you have an event - it's so popular! You bake this recipe as a bar in a 1/2 or 1/4 size sheet pan, spreading the batter about 1 1/2 inches thick. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. An easy way to serve hundreds of people!

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