Oat Carrot Cookies

Eat your veg in a cookie

Eat your veg in a cookie

Merry Christmas!!! Wishing you a lovely time celebrating …and eating!

Christmas would not be complete without the scent of cookies baking. Last year we made Zimtsterne, but this year I thought we would combine the old tradition of baking Christmas cookies with the new one of having a ‘Vegetable of the Week’. As this week’s veg is carrot, we present: Carrot Oat Cookies.

I cannot really say that I made these cookies, as about ten hands – large and small – contributed to creating mixing and rolling these. But the verdict is unanimous: we will not be waiting for Christmas to make these again.

The only change will be making is using less sugar (the original recipe asks for 6 tbs of each of the sugars, 4 should be enough). Also this time round we only had all-purpose flour. Although the cookies tasted fabulous we will use whole-wheat flour next time.

(altered only slightly from the blog ‘Marcus Samuelsson’)

Makes about 20 cookies

90g (3/4 cup) whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder (or ½ tsp of baking soda)
3/4 tsp coarse salt
113g (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
4 (to 6) tbsp superfine sugar
4 (to 6) tbsp light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
90g (1 cup) rolled oats (NL: havermout)*
130g (1 cup) grated carrot, from about 1 large to 4 small carrots


  1. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the butter and sugar using a mixed. Beat on medium-high for a few minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla. Mix together on a low speed until all is well combined.
  4. Clean and grate the carrot.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter.
  6. Add carrot and oats. Mix on a low speed to combine.
  7. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15-60 min.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180C (375F).
  9. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. (Yes, you do need two sheets as the dough spreads during baking.)
  10. With cold, wet hands roll balls out of a tablespoon of the mixture at a time. Press lightly between your palms to create small disks.
  11. Bake for 10-12 min until golden.
  12. Allow to cool on a rack.

Tip & Variations

  • If you only have regular oats very briefly whizz them in a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • The original recipe adds chocolate chips

For the health benefits of carrots look here.

  1. sophiebowns said:

    great idea!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you!

    • afracooking said:

      hihi, yes a fabulous way to sneak in some veggies 🙂

  2. These are some amazing snacks Afra best treat 🙂 Have a very Happy Xmas !! Lots of love xx

    • afracooking said:

      So lovely of you! A warm big Merry Christmas hug!

      • Aww hugs back 🙂 Love you xx

    • afracooking said:

      Coming from you that really is a compliment – I love what you have been baking up for x-mas! Best wishes to you!

  3. Yum these look delicious! I’ve never tried a Cooke with carrot in it before but it sounds intriguing 🙂

    • afracooking said:

      If someone would have given these to me in a blind tasting I doubt I would have picked out the carrot. At the same time they add a lovely sweet note.

  4. Amy Jo said:

    Veggies in a cookie…that’s my kind of dessert! Or breakfast. Looks great!

    • afracooking said:

      Hihi! And remember you are supposed to have at least two servings of veg a day so one single cookie will just not do!

  5. Karen said:

    I agree with you about cookies usually not needing as much sugar as specified in recipes. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much! It is amazing how quickly the days rush by. I cannot imagine we are already gearing up for New Year’s Eve. Wishing you all the best!

  6. Yum! they look amazing! Merry Christmas! xxx

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you ALL the best for 2014!

  7. I think the addition of chocolate chips would have made them really sweet! I love that all the hands got involved in making these 🙂

    • afracooking said:

      …and after that even more mouthes got involved in making them vanish 🙂

  8. Merry Christmas! I have a recipe somewhere for a delicious savoury biscuit with carrot, cheese & sultanas. I happen to love wacky combinations and oat and carrot sounds equally yummy too, (if less wacky!) Thank you for taking the time to follow and enjoy the recipes this year and I look forward to 2014 and sharing more cooking ideas with you too!

    • afracooking said:

      That recipe really sounds like something you would make 🙂 Love the idea of using sultanas in a savoury biscuit. Cannot wait to see the other crazy combinations you come up with next year. Enjoy the festive season and have a great 2014!

  9. Oh my gosh, Afra, these sound delicious! (and I love to see someone actually cutting the sugar DOWN in a recipe, for once. 🙂 )

    • afracooking said:

      Hihi 🙂 I think it is the gentle sweetness of the oats that make all that sugar unnecessary – I might even try some stevia next time…

  10. Sophie33 said:

    Your cookies look so delectable, my friend! Another must try!

    I wish you & your loved ones & great & Happy 2014!!!! xxx

    • afracooking said:

      And all the best to you as well, my friend! Best BEST wishes for 2014!

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