Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

If you like carrot cake you will love these cookies. I have had this recipe for years, tearing it out from a 1986 Family Circle Christmas cookie issue. Note that I make a few substitions to this original recipe....1/2 cup canola oil instead of butter, and I use whole wheat flour for health's sake. They come out great. Everyone loves these cookies and I don't even mention that they are a "health food" recipe. Doubling the ingredients works fine and the cookies freeze very well. My husband raids the fridge and eats them frozen!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease cookie sheets.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg into small bowl.
  4. Beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large mixer bowl until well mixed.
  5. Beat in egg, vanilla and orange rind.
  6. Stir in four mixture until well blended.
  7. Gently stir in carrot, coconut, walnuts and raisins.
  8. Dough will be very stiff, but don't worry.
  9. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies.
  10. Sometimes I press the dough together with my fingers to make the cookie less crumbly when placing on the cookie sheets.
  11. Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly colored.
  12. Remove to wire racks to cool.


Most Helpful

Geema, these cookies were wonderful and the combination of spices was excellent! I found them easy to make and my DH loved them! Thank you.

kpbrady April 20, 2003

I liked the fact the cookies contained raisins and carrots, but the spices were almost too overpowering with the quantity used; next time I think I would reduce the amount of spices. Also I didn't realize these cookies are "rock" shaped cookies, rather than flat cookies--that might have been a key fact to let people know how they are supposed to turn out looking (at least that helps me:). Thanks for posting the recipe Geema.

Char-char April 12, 2003

Very, very good, moist, healthy cookies. I made them just like the recipe said, used butter, next time I will use more cinnamon. Love cinnamon. These are very good with a cup of coffee. Geema, Thank you so much for another tasty recipe.

Barb Gertz April 02, 2003

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