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Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Made with real, shaved carrots, coconut, and a carrot cake mix, this carrot cake cookie recipe is soft, full of flavor, and perfect for Easter. The added addition of carrot cake M&Ms (or white chocolate chips) is a nice surprise as you sink your teeth into these delicious carrot cake cookies.

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Is it just me, or has it seemed like there have been way more “seasonal” M&M flavors this year…and that it seems like it’s a battle between Walmart and Target to see who can get the newest flavor. I feel like for each new holiday, there’s at least one or two (maybe even more) new flavors.

And, of course, whenever I see these new flavors, I have to try them! We were at Walmart a few weeks ago, and Forrest spotted some carrot cake M&Ms (and guess what — you can get them on Amazon!) To be honest, I don’t think they really taste that much like carrot cake, but they were good nonetheless. I thought it would be really yummy to use  them to make carrot cake cookies, using a carrot cake mix. However, Forrest requested that I make them more “cake-like”, as opposed to the chewy, like most cake mix cookies turn out.

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I wasn’t totally sure how to do this, but as I set out researching, I discovered the secret to making cake mix cookies soft and cake-like is apparently crushed pineapple! If you don’t like pineapple, don’t fear — you can’t even taste it. I don’t know why, but these carrot cake cookies turned out perfectly. The addition of the M&Ms made them almost melt in your mouth (though if you can’t find the M&Ms, you could always just use white chocolate chips.)

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These cookies have real carrots in them, along with a little bit of coconut. I wouldn’t skip on putting in the shaved carrots, but I do admit, you can taste the coconut a tiny bit…so if you don’t like that (though I don’t know why you wouldn’t like coconut), you can omit it.

I felt like these carrot cake mix cookies were super simple, and would be perfect for a delicious Easter treat! I keep wanting to go back to Walmart to get some more M&Ms and another cake mix so I can make these. Definitely a winner in my book.

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Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe
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Serves: About 24 cookies
  • 1 boxed carrot cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 6 mini carrots, shredded
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, with juice
  • ¾ bag carrot cake M&Ms (or ½ bag white chocolate chips)
  • ½ cup coconut (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients until combined well. Batter will be somewhat runny.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Let cool for about 5 minutes on the pan, and then the remainder of the time a cooling rack.
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Katie Clark is a Colorado-native, a journalism graduate from Brigham Young University, and most importantly, a mother to the cutest little boy and wife to the most handsome man. She is a woman of many (random) talents, which include writing, cooking, sewing, technology, social media, and being a self-proclaimed Google expert. She loves spending time with her family, learning about parenting and pregnancy, and just enjoying life to the fullest.

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    • Katie says

      Kind of a fun trick, right?! I was a little hesitant, but it didn’t make it taste like pineapple at all (which I wouldn’t have minded too much, but I know some people would!)

  1. says

    Yum! I was just thinking it was about time to try a new kind of cookie! I can’t wait to try this! I don’t see a cake mix listed in the recipe, but based on your post I’m guessing you add everything to a carrot cake mix?

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