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Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

"I am always looking for tasty after-school and lunch box treats for my family. These carrot-flecked cookies my mom made when I was growing up now get a thumbs-up from my children."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in carrots. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 147 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.
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  • TeriStar
    May 30, 2018

    These cookies are the best, my family just loves them. They are soft and last for days without getting hard as homemade cookies do sometimes.

  • shecooksalot
    Feb 17, 2013

    These were good cookies, but a little too soft for my taste. My family devoured them though! Luckily, the recipe makes a lot. Just not my personal taste.

  • cindyost
    Jan 15, 2012

    Love it!

  • KMcMillan18
    Jun 20, 2011

    This is a very good, moist cookie. I found that they stuck together when stored in a zip lock bag at room temperature, BUT if kept in the freezer, they don't stick together and they are still soft and moist. A good solution!

  • maggieaw
    Apr 26, 2011

    Dont know what I did but these were not good-

  • David12846
    Apr 3, 2011

    147 calories for ONE cookie? And who eats just ONE cookie for a snack? A good majority of regular size candy bars have fewer calories than two of these cookies!

  • jesusmyjoy
    Apr 2, 2011

    Awesome cookies! I also substituted raisins for the choc chips but also added 2 teaspons of cinnamon, a cup of coconut and an 8 ounce can of very well-drained pineapple. Will make these often for "my turn" to take snacks to church.

  • Reddi
    Apr 2, 2011

    It is alot of butter and sugar, but this also makes alot of cookies (double the amount of a regular recipe).

  • homeschoolingcarol
    Mar 30, 2011

    Holy Moly...yeah, I guess anything with 2 cups of butter/shortening and THREE cups of various sugars would taste good. Throwing in some carrot does NOT make these a healthy cookie however. 147 calories per cookie!! Cut down on the butter and sugar A LOT and they will still taste wonderful but also be a lot healthier than the original version. And I love the idea another posted about using raisins instead of chocolate, thanks for the idea!

  • fluffy213
    Jan 29, 2011

    These cookies were great! I used Splenda brown sugar blend for the brown sugar and used a mix of 2/3 Splenda and 1/3 sugar instead of all sugar. I also used a mix of 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 white flour. Added a little cinnamon too because it seemed necessary! They turned out nice and soft (I prefer my cookies soft) and not too sweet which for me is a good thing. Definitely hit the spot with a cold glass of milk!!