Carrot Cookies

This week I am devoting myself to carrots..

Carrots were the home fronts secret weapon. The Ministry of Food propaganda machine convinced children that carrots on sticks were just as tasty as ice-creams, that eating lots of carrots helped you ‘see in the dark’ during blackouts, and that Dr Carrot would make everything better.

Carrots were also used to sweeten cakes and biscuits (cookies) replacing some of the sugar used in many recipes..

Carrot Cookies (makes 12)

  • 1 tablespoon margarine (Earth Balance for vegans)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 6 tablespoons of self-raising flour (plain flour add 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder)
  • 4 tablespoon of grated raw carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of water


  1. Cream the fat and the sugar together with the vanilla essence
  2. Mix in the grated carrot
  3. Fold in the flour adding water as it gets dry
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto greased tray and press down a little
  5. Pre-heat oven to 200C
  6. Sprinkle tops of cookies with extra sugar
  7. Place in oven for 10- 15 minutes

PS Cinnamon added would be rather nice




25 thoughts on “Carrot Cookies

  1. Carolyn, can I ask when the book in the picture was originally published? I have a few of Mrs Beeton’s books on hold at the library but all the descriptions only stated their re-issue dates, not the original publishing dates.


    • That is actually a greetings card that I adore- looks fab doesn’t it! But the image used on it is from a cookery book published in 1890! I have a 1920s Mrs Beetons Cookery book on my desk at work šŸ™‚ xxxxxxxxxxxx


    • i made these this morning and they’re so quick! very yummy as well. i really like them. i doubled the batch and had no issues with amounts.

      i’ll be making these again for sure šŸ™‚


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  4. Good thing I don’t have to ration in real life! I made a single batch (well, they’re in the oven) & will end up with 6 instead of 12. Maybe after having made them & getting an idea of spread I’ll be able to handle smaller ones next time. They just looked too tiny! lol


  5. I made some of these cookies yesterday and they are delicious! I only got 6 cookies out of this recipe myself. They are lovely and moist and you would never think they had carrot in them. I will definatly be making them again.


  6. I made these carrot cookies this morning and I am very pleased and surprised how good they are….I used whole wheat flour and butter sub. I also used up some leftover cinnamon & sugar (from my husbands favorite cookies.(snickerdoodles). …..very pleased …Thank You so much for this blog..I am loving it. šŸ˜€


  7. I had to double the batch to get 12 “good” cookies, but what a hit! So easy, so fast and the cinnamon was a great add. I can’t wait to add these to my children’s school lunches when school starts back. I am addicted to your blog. I’m going to try as many recipes as my family can stand. What a fantastic idea!


  8. Reblogged this on creativity and commented:
    I make these all the time they are amazing! If you add an extra tbsp of water the cookies spread out and become flatter in my experience šŸ™‚


  9. This recipe is quick and efficient and made with ingredients I have on hand regularly. Using this recipe, it is the first time I have ever tried making (and even tasted) carrot cookies. Good one! They turned out great and were eaten up right away. Thank you!


  10. I was going to make 24 cookies, so I doubled the amounts. But in the end even with the amounts doubled, I was only able to make 8 cookies.


  11. OMG, I think I finally found it. My Nana used to make these and I loved them. I have found multiple recipes but they did not taste the same or even look the same. She would use an orange frosting on them after they cooled and I miss them so much. Can’t wait to try it and then I will be making a much larger batch.


  12. My daughter declared she hates carrots. I recall her scarfing these cookies down when I first made them. Making a big batch tomorrow!!


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