Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies (With Maple Glaze)

These Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with a Maple Glaze are the perfect treat to make for your Easter holiday celebration. This gluten free carrot cake cookie recipe yields soft and chewy cookies, is easy to make and packs all the flavor of a traditional carrot cake in an easy-to-serve form.

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze 

Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze

Easter weekend is here! While traditional carrot cake or a carrot cake loaf is standard, let’s switch it up this year! Everyone loves a good cookie, and a soft carrot cake cookie topped with the most delicious maple glaze is just guaranteed to be a hit of the dessert table. Guaranteed. 

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookie Dough

These cookies are wonderful for any carrot cake lover; and personally, since we don’t actually celebrate Easter in our home, can vouch that they are perfect for any occasion. These cookies are: lightly sweetened, packed with delicious add-ins, soft, and topped with a decedent frosting.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies

Want other paleo desserts with veggies? Try these favorites:

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

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Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with Vanilla Glaze

Yields 15
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 10 min
Total Time 20 minutes

Author: Lexi
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For Carrot Cake Cookie

For Maple Glaze


  • For Cookie:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer cream butter and maple sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.
  • Add in egg and vanilla extract. Mix on medium until completely blended.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed butter and mix until incorporated.
  • Add in carrots, walnuts and raisins and mix until incorporated.
  • Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball and place on baking sheet. Lightly flatten down with the palm of your hand to form the cookie, as these will not spread much while baking.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, or until cookie has completely set and bottom is lightly browned.
  • For Glaze:
  • Whisk all ingredients together. If glaze is too thin you can add a teaspoon of powdered sugar at a time until it has reached the desired consistency.
  • Recipe Notes

    1. This recipe was updated on March 6, 2018.
    2. The original recipe included Vanilla Maple Frosting to top the cookie. After re-testing we preferred a simple glaze. Here is the original frosting recipe:

    Vanilla Maple Frosting:

    • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp palm shortening
    • 1 tbsp coconut flour
    • 1 tbsp arrowroot flour
    • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    1. Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer or hand mixer until creamy. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired.


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    P.S. Here are the cookies with the old frosting from 2015!


    March 29, 2018

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    34 responses to “Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies (With Maple Glaze)”

    1. OHHH! Love these so much. I held my breath as I scrolled to the recipe. Love the healthy ingredient list and so glad you didn’t use maple extract. It gives me the willies! Pinning these stat!

    2. Kim says:

      And I just got some beautiful carrots from my co-op!! This sounds yummy!

    3. Rebecca says:

      This may be a stupid question, but is the grated carrot an optional add-in? Will the cookies still be “carrot cake” without the carrots? I may be reading the recipe wrong but I’m slightly confused… I plan on making these tonight!

    4. Catherine says:

      ooooh.. I’ve been waiting for this recipe to be posted! Can’t wait to try them but.. For the frosting, could I use coconut oil instead of palm shortening? And what would be a good substitute for almond flour and arrowroot flour? We’ve got a nut allergy in the house

    5. Shut the front door!! I am going to devour these! I love carrot baked goods and I’m Canadian so slather me in maple. These look great!

    6. Cannot get enough of these cookies, awesome! And that frosting, need now!

    7. Jaclyn says:

      Making these this weekend, another home run recipe of yours (I’m sure). What can I substitute in place of the palm shortening? I don’t have it on hand. Thanks!!

    8. Kelly says:

      Yum making these for Easter thank you Lexi 🙂

    9. These look so good! I am going to have to try them this week. I was so excited when I saw they were gluten and dairy free as I have to kids allergic to both. Do you think I could use Pamela’s bread mix as a substitute for the almond flour? Thanks for posting!

    10. Tracy says:

      They look so yummy!
      Can i just clarify though, do you put all four “add ins” into recipe as standard for carrot cake cookies, or you’re suggesting just one of the “add ins”,
      so basically you can make 4 different versions of cake cookies?

    11. Alicia says:

      Can anything be substituted for the palm shorting in the frosting?

    12. Kristal H says:

      Hi! In the instructions you say add honey to the wet mixture…do you mean maple syrup?

    13. Lexi, I’d eat the frosting by the spoon. Seriously.

      This looks amazing, hope you’re having a great Long weekend! 🙂

    14. I’ve never had a carrot cake cookie before but I can’t wait to change that ASAP! These look absolutely delicious!

    15. These look amazing! Carrot cake is my favorite.

    16. kariane says:

      These sound fantastic! I look forward to trying them the next time we want a special treat.

    17. Amy says:

      Such a phenomenal and delicious treat! My boyfriend and I both love these and can not just eat one!

    18. Mary says:

      Once again, I was SUPER impressed. My fiance’ and I gobbled these up. Unfortunately my frosting fell flat. I don’t think I was using the right kind of palm shortening. I did however make a whipped cream out of coconut milk. It tasted really yummy on top…but we got too lazy waiting for them all to cool and ate them without the cream 🙂

    19. Isabella says:

      You have so many amazing looking and healthy recipes and I don’t think I have time to make the all!

    20. Rebecca says:

      What could i use in place of palm shortening? Recipe looks delicious!

    21. Katie says:

      This is literally half of what you need. I made the batter with no modifications(adding grated carrot) and it was horrible-i had to rinse my mouth out. So i promptly added cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey and the batter became bearable. the modified batter made dry cookies, so i made frosting by blending almond milk, powdered sugar, and cinnamon together. Drizzled that on top and sprinkled with mini semi-sweet choc.chips and now finally have a good cookie. Thanks for the base recipe, but it needs a lot more.

    22. Gaby Dalkin says:

      Carrot cake cookies?! YES PLEASE.

    23. Tera says:

      This has to be the best gluten free cookie I’ve ever made. Super soft, flavorful, just sweet enough thanks to the raisins. I did the new glaze and put it in a ziplock with a corner cut off to pipe on. They were picture perfect and delicious.

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    24. I’ve heard carrot cakes are really tasty and probably a better option for the ones who want to lose some weight.

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    25. Nicole Locastro says:

      I’d like to make these for a diabetic client. Can I use a sugar substitute? If so, which do you recommend?

    26. Abigail Miller says:

      Can I use coconut sugar instead of maple sugar? Thanks!!

    27. Abigail Miller says:

      Thank you! Just made them and these are delicious!! LOVE them!

      5.0 rating

    28. Stephanie says:

      These are absolutely delicious! I used coconut sugar instead of the maple sugar. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

      5.0 rating

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