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Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies

Kid friendly
Cooking for a Crowd

Cooking for a Crowd

Use these recipe sheets to prepare for larger groups:

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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.
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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 48 Cookies
Nutrition Facts: View Label


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!