Thursday, April 14, 2022

Carrot Pecan Cookies #recipe @VMBURNS

 VMBURNS: I found this recipe for carrot pecan cookies many years ago in First Magazine. The carrots keep the cookies moist and delicious. And, I love pretty much any recipe with pecans. The recipe calls for cardamom, which I omitted, but if you have it around, then give it a try. This recipe made 24 cookies.


  • 1 1/2  cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 Tablespoons room-temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray and lightly grease 2 baking sheets (I used cooking spray and parchment paper).
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. 

  • Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Beat in the egg and the vanilla. 
  • Beat in the flour mixture.
  • Stir in the carrots, nuts, and raisins. 

  • Drop the batter by generous tablespoons onto the baking sheets 2" apart. 

  • Bake until the edges are lightly browned (20 to 25 minutes). 

 V. M. Burns is the author of the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series. The latest book in the series, is Killer Words.

Bookstore owner and mystery writer Samantha Washington comes to the aid of the cop who once arrested her own grandmother . . .
Sam and Nana Jo are back in sleepy North Harbor, Michigan, where Sam is eagerly awaiting the publication of her first book. In search of more immediate excitement, Nana Jo hits the casino with her fellow Shady Acres Retirement Village gal pals—but they get more than they bargained for when they witness Detective Bradley Pitt decking mayoral candidate John Cloverton.

As Sam well knows, mystery novels are full of brilliant detectives, genius sleuths, and hero cops. Detective Bradley Pitt—aka “Stinky Pitt”—is another story. In the past, the dull-witted detective has mistakenly accused members of Sam’s family for crimes they didn’t commit. Now, it’s his turn: when Cloverton turns up dead, he’s arrested. With his predilection for polyester, Pitt has been wanted by the fashion police for years, but Nana Jo knows her former elementary school math student would never commit murder—it doesn’t add up. Somebody’s framed the flatfoot to take a fall, and Sam and Nana Jo must step in to restore the reputation and good name of Detective Pitt. 

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V. M. Burns

Valerie (V. M.) Burns is the author of the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series. Her first book, The Plot is Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Debut Novel. She is the author of the Dog Club Mystery Series, the RJ Franklin Mysteries, a three-time finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and an Edgar Award nominated short story. Valerie’s newest series, Baker Street Mysteries, will release later this year. And her Pet Detective Mystery series will release in 2023. Valerie is on the board of Sisters in Crime and the Southeastern chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of Dog Writers of America, Crime Writers of Color, and International Thriller Writers. She is a manager for a fortune 100 company and a mentor in the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Valerie currently lives in the Southeastern United States with her two poodles. Readers can visit her website at 


  1. What a great sounding recipe! Not sure I've heard of one with carrots, but it makes perfect sense. I, too, love pecans in recipes. My Mom use to say if one cup is good then two has bound to be better.
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    1. I think your mom was right! :-) I was leery of the carrots at first, too but glad I tried it. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Want. Right now. Cookies for breakfast.

    1. Leslie, I'm right there with you. Carrots and raisins means that this is good for you, too.

  3. Wow, those cookies look amazing! I will definitely have to make those soon. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have to say, they were pretty tasty. If you try them, let me know how you like them (

  4. Cardamon adds a wonderfully warm taste to foods, both sweet and savory.
    A friend was curious about the whole cardamon I had and popped one of the little seeds in his mouth and bit down on it. He described it as "one minute my mouth was in total darkness and then it was in total light!"

    1. Libby,
      Your friend sounds like a poet. That was well said. The next time I make these I'll need to make sure I have Cardamom in the house. Thanks for commenting.