Carrot cake oatmeal cookie drizzled with icing cools on cookie rack.

Snacks & Treats

Loaded Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Jun 30, 2017

My seven-year-old, Sam, and I are always on the lookout for a treat! Cookies win a popularity contest at our house. Turns out these delicious loaded carrot cake oatmeal cookies — or these doubletree cookies — are the best way to celebrate family fun time, too.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies with icing cooling on a rack.

Sam’s new “big boy” mountain bike has proven to be a joy ride for our whole family. The gears mean we can hit the trails together — and fresh air and family bike rides are good for everyone!

But if you asked me about it the first time Sam pedaled down the street by himself, I wouldn’t have described it that way. When Sam mastered that just-right balance and started his smooth glide down the street, my heart did this uncomfortable lurch. I was a little nervous. This bike was a symbol of his growing independence.

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He suddenly looked very small and unprotected. But as he soon pulled into our driveway with a triumphant grin, I recognized my heart lurch was nothing more than maternal growing pains — a natural response to this new milestone.

I’ve felt them a few times before. And I’ve learned that the best antidote is shared laughter, a quick hug and a side of milk and cookies. If your bike rider helps you make the cookies, they’re even sweeter.

Ready to make some? Preheat your oven to 350℉. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

This recipe calls for shredded carrots and walnuts so shred the carrots first. Put the nuts in a baggie and break them into smaller pieces with a rolling pin.

Shredded carrots, oats, nuts and raisins in bowl.

Then, pull out a small bowl and help your favourite little bike rider measure out flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

Using a larger bowl, cream softened butter (briefly warm it in your microwave if it’s not soft enough) with brown sugar. Add an egg (cracking it is Sam’s favourite part) and vanilla. Mix until nice and creamy.

Cookie ingredients stirred in a bowl.

Pour the contents of the small bowl into the larger bowl and mix everything until well combined. Next stir in oats, carrots, walnuts and raisins. Spoon the cookie batter onto your parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes and cool. 

Cookie dough rolled into balls.

The cookies are delicious plain but, come on…live big: cookies inspired by the flavours of carrot cake deserve a little cream cheese frosting!

Cookies drizzled with icing site on a cookie rack.

Even though these carrot cake cookies are loaded with yummy oats, carrots, walnuts, and raisins, you might also say they’re loaded with love.



  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons half and half


  1. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In larger bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla; mix until creamy.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients; mix together until combined.
  4. Stir in oats, carrots, walnuts, raisins.
  5. Spoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper; bake at 350℉ for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Frosting: whisk together cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla. Slowly add half and half until frosting reaches slightly runny consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies.
Article Author Stephanie Keeping
Stephanie Keeping

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Stephanie Keeping is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a superhero costume to the grocery store and take naps in your rubber boots. She hangs out at Spaceships and Laser Beams where she blogs about crafts, recipes, parties, travel and family life.

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