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Carrot Cookie Bites

This recipe is a longtime family favorite. The cookies are soft and delicious, and the aroma while baking is absolutely irresistible! I'm always being asked for the recipe. —Jeanie Petrik, Greensburg, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    7 dozen


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in the oats, carrots and pecans.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Freeze option: Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Freeze until firm. Transfer cookie dough balls to resealable freezer containers; seal tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, place frozen dough 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until lightly browned, 10-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 50 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • Jessica
    Dec 27, 2020

    I would give no stars. Tasteless. Had to thrown them all away I was so disappointed

  • Cookiesnob
    Apr 25, 2017

    I make a ton of cookies, but these didn't make the cut. We ate a few of them, but threw out most of the batch. I tossed the recipe as well. Sorry.

  • clanne04
    Jun 30, 2013

    I added raisins. I felt they were good and will try again but will add more carrots, spices and nuts

  • bookhamster
    Mar 18, 2013

    No comment left

  • b002554
    Dec 11, 2012

    These cookies were very dry and tasteless. I will not be making them again. I only made 1 batch and had to toss the rest out! Ick!

  • Michele R
    May 7, 2012

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  • ldiane
    Dec 4, 2011

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  • gizesmom
    Nov 2, 2011

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  • Sarah4444
    Sep 12, 2011

    These are so good!! I replaced the nuts for equal amount of raisins and they turned out great. I had an idea of drizzling them with cream cheese glaze, but then I wondered why should I mess with a good thing?

  • vt_pure_angel
    Apr 28, 2010

    Great recipe! I would make small changes for my own personal tastes, but I think we all do that with recipes lol Thank you for posting it!! This one is going in the recipe holder! :)