Cake Mix Carrot Cake Cookies


I made cookies this weekend.

They are of the carrot cake variety.

I made them out of a cake mix, because you all seem to love cake mixes.

And I’m here to please.


Also, I made cream cheese frosting.

Of the white chocolate variety.

I made it from a tub of flavored cream cheese.

You will love me for it.


Make these Cake Mix Carrot Cake Cookies.  Eat them and feel happy because they have vegetables in them.
Actually they have grains, dairy and vegetables…so it’s basically a meal.

You’re welcome.

Let’s begin.

You’ll need this cake mix…

The mix comes with a pouch of dehydrated carrots and raisins.

You’ll need to soak them so they come back to life.

When they are alive again, drain the water…

Mix up your cake mix, eggs and butter.  Then add some oats and finally your carrots and raisins.

Scoop the batter out in tablespoon sized portions and flatten the dough with the back of a spoon.  The batter won’t spread too much.

The cookies should be about 2 inches apart.

Bake them up and frost them with delicious cream cheese frosting made with this…

And remember they are basically a balanced meal, so I say eat 2!


White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8 oz. container White Chocolate Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese with mixer.
  2. Over low speed add in your powdered sugar and mix until creamy and smooth.
Makes enough frosting to ice 24 cookies

Cake Mix Carrot Cake Cookies
  • 1 box Carrot Cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup Quick Oats
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In the cake mix box there is a pouch of dehydrated carrots and raisins...soak these in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes to plump. Then drain thoroughly.
  4. Meanwhile in stand mixer combine cake mix, eggs and butter, mixing until incorporated. Add carrots, raisins and oats. Stir until evenly mixed. Batter will be very thick.
  5. Spoon batter by the tablespoon onto lined cookie sheet. Press down with a spoon to flatten. The cookies spread only slightly.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes until just set.
  7. Let cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to wore rack to continue cooling.
  8. Frost if desired.
** If you are not using the Duncan Hines Decadent Mix add in ¾ cup shredded carrot and 1 cup raisins to batter. Also make sure the cake mix is 18.25 oz

Recipe adapted from Duncan Hines



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52 Comments on "Cake Mix Carrot Cake Cookies"


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Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (Soon to be Rachel Cooks)

These look so perfect! Yum! Wish I had a few right now….

Carrie - Carrie
March 6, 2012 2:42 pm

I’m not a carrot cake fan, but these are so adorable!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
March 6, 2012 2:49 pm

This is crazy but I’ve had some free coupons for Duncan Hines cake mix and just *yesterday* at the groc store I bought this very same mix. What are the odds! These cookies look great and I can’t wait to break out my mix!

Heather (Heather
March 6, 2012 2:53 pm

you know what i want girl…these look and sound SO amazing!

Living The Sweet Life
March 6, 2012 2:55 pm

You know this is a great recipe when cookies can be rationalized into a meal!! And since it’s a pretty balanced meal, I’ll have to eat my fair share 😉

Ashley {Kitchen Meets Girl}
March 6, 2012 2:59 pm

Yum! I love all things carrot cake! And that frosting sounds amazing.

Emilie @ Emilie
March 6, 2012 3:01 pm

oo I’ve seen those cream cheese indulgence thingys in the grocery store and have already started dreaming of all the wonderful things I can do with them! Thanks for adding to the list 🙂

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
March 6, 2012 3:09 pm

You’re totally right, these are basically a healthy meal 😉 Also… white chocolate cream cheese?! How did I not know this existed?!

March 6, 2012 3:16 pm

no freaking way! LOL!

i have that mix and was going to make it tonight – but I only have cream cheese frosting…..

March 6, 2012 4:04 pm

My dad loves carrot cake…wonder if he would like these cookies. Very creative.

March 6, 2012 4:35 pm

These are adorable!

March 6, 2012 4:48 pm

How adorable are these cookies?? I bet they are delicious!

March 6, 2012 5:38 pm

woah. you totally just blew my little mind. pinning this for when the “fancy” cake mixes go on sale.

March 6, 2012 6:15 pm

I love when you make cookies from a cake mix. You always make things so easy! And I’ve been totally craving Carrot Cake lately!

March 6, 2012 6:34 pm

I LOVE this cake mix and can not wait to try the cookies!! I think it would be wonderful to add walnuts to it!!

March 6, 2012 6:35 pm

AH, we make the same little carrots! Mine look exactly like that. Ha! Love carrot cake.

March 6, 2012 6:39 pm

First of all, I adore the carrots iced on top. And second, I have been trying ti think of the first way I want to use my white chocolate cream cheese. This definitely sounds like a fantastic option!

Jessica @ How Sweet
March 6, 2012 6:40 pm

Now I will eat my veggies!!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
March 6, 2012 7:39 pm

These look absolutely amazing!!

sally @ sally

ym! i am ALL about shortcuts with cookie/cake mixes sometimes. carrot cake is to die for… i recently had a carrot cake MUFFIN and it was insanely good. these cookies are right up my alley.

March 6, 2012 11:06 pm

Mmmm Cookies! Love the carrot on top!

March 7, 2012 12:01 am

can we call this the carrot cake cookie diet? It’s gonna be the next Jenny Craig…I can feel it.

March 7, 2012 4:11 am

It’s the first time i see carrot cookies – need to try them!

March 7, 2012 7:40 am

Jackpot!I have this dead carrot and raisin cake mix too! It’s meant to be!

March 7, 2012 8:52 am

Yay for veggies + cookies!! The most perfect combo ever 🙂

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

um those look amazing, our cake mix is nothing like that here, and we so do not have that cream cheese. I think I should be happy I don’t live in the states, the great things you have!

March 7, 2012 9:24 am

Oh, these look sooooooooo good. I love carrot cake and made into cookies; even better yet.
Thank U

March 7, 2012 9:49 am

Two things:
My hubby loves carrot cake more than any dessert in the world. Ever.
My hubby’s birthday is next week.

You just made me very, very happy.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
March 7, 2012 10:10 am

I have never seen that cream cheese, but now I need to find it! It would be perfect for a recipe I’m making next week. 🙂 LOVE these cookies! They would actually get my husband to eat what I bake.

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
March 7, 2012 10:27 am

These are ah-dorable!!!

bridget {bake at 350}
March 7, 2012 3:52 pm

Now, THIS is how to eat carrots! Plus, they are darling!

Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats
March 7, 2012 9:00 pm

I love all of your cake mix cookies so much!!

Kim Bee
March 8, 2012 1:54 am

Okay so if this is the sacrifice I need to make to make sure I get my daily requirement of veggies then I shall begrudgingly eat them every day. *laughs hysterically*

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
March 8, 2012 4:52 pm

So yummy and moist! My hubby would LOVE these! Thank you! 🙂

March 8, 2012 6:00 pm

great idea, and they’re extra special with the little carrot decoration. very nice!

Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking
March 8, 2012 6:04 pm

These look so good, Shelly. I didn’t know that Phili did a white chocolate cream cheese. Then again, I am in the UK so perhaps it’s not made its way over here yet. Hopefully soon.

Diane {Created by Diane}
March 9, 2012 12:18 am

adorable, carrot cake is one of my favorites and I just love carrot decoration on carrot cake, makes me want to have at least a dozen more 🙂

March 9, 2012 1:48 am

must try these! thanks for sharing. 🙂

March 11, 2012 10:44 am

I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – I cant wait to try these!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
March 12, 2012 8:11 pm

Being that carrot cake is my favorite cake…these may have to be my favorite cookies now. I need to try these! 😀

March 24, 2012 7:24 pm

Can you replace the butter in the cake mix with applesauce and a bit of oil? Love cake mix cookies but can’ t have all that saturated fat.

April 11, 2012 5:53 pm

these were awesome! i love that is like a cake but a cookie! so light and fluffy… i used one of those unsweetened applesauce cups ( actually it was the blueberry kind) and they turned out awesome and no blueberry flavour lol… they are so good i dont know if they will make it to the frosting stage lol. now im thinking about all the different kinds of cookies i can make like this!

Aimee L
Aimee L
May 27, 2012 10:59 am

I’m making these now. I printed out the recipe and followed that. When I read that the batter should be thick I was confused because it wasn’t. Then I came and looked at the website and under the pictures it says to drain the carrots and raisins. It doesn’t say that in the printed version. I added another cup of oatmeal to help soak up the water. They still taste great thankfully!! Wanted to let you know so you could correct that. I’m surprised I’m the first one to notice.

Alice Moradoq
December 15, 2012 7:32 pm

Im making these right now,our local store had duncan hines cake mix $1 a box so i got 5 boxes of different flavors and im going to town. I added in my own raisins.

March 29, 2013 8:54 am

When you say “oatmeal” do you mean oats? (dry) or actual wet oatmeal???


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August 27, 2016 12:49 pm

I am confused. If you buy dehydrated raisins and carrots, why soak them to come back to life. Why not use fresh ones?