Carrot Macaroons Recipe - Almond and Carrot-based Dessert

Carrot Macaroons

Carrot Macaroons Recipe - Almond and Carrot-based Dessert
Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 12


Carrot Macaroons
Carrot Macaroons

Carrot macaroons are a unique twist on the traditional macaroon recipe, adding a touch of sweetness and a pop of color with the addition of grated carrots. These cookies are perfect for those looking for a healthier treat option without sacrificing flavor.


The origins of carrot macaroons are not entirely clear, but it is believed that they may have originated in Europe, where carrots have long been used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes. The combination of almonds, sugar, and carrots creates a delicious and nutritious cookie that is sure to please.


How to prepare

  1. Using a food processor, grind the almonds with 0.25 cup of sugar.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ground almond mixture with one egg white and the carrots.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the remaining egg whites with a pinch of salt until frothy. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gently stir 0.25 of the beaten egg whites into the carrot mixture, then carefully fold in the remaining egg whites.
  5. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350°F (177°C) until the cookies turn golden brown, which should take approximately 15 minutes.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm, spicy flavor.
  • Swap out the almonds for pecans or walnuts for a different nutty taste.
  • Drizzle with melted dark chocolate for an extra indulgent touch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to blanch the almonds before grinding them to remove the skins and create a smoother texture.

- Be sure to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form to ensure a light and airy cookie.

- Use a gentle hand when folding in the beaten egg whites to avoid deflating the mixture.

Serving Suggestions

Carrot macaroons are perfect for serving as a light dessert or snack with a cup of tea or coffee. They also make a great addition to a holiday cookie platter.

Cooking Techniques

Be sure to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form for a light and airy cookie.

- Use a gentle folding motion when combining the egg whites with the carrot mixture to avoid deflating the mixture.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have blanched almonds, you can use almond flour instead.

- You can substitute the sugar with a sugar alternative like stevia or erythritol for a lower-calorie option.

Make Ahead Tips

Carrot macaroons can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to a week. They also freeze well for longer storage.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the carrot macaroons on a decorative platter and garnish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or grated carrots for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve carrot macaroons with a cup of hot tea or coffee for a delightful afternoon treat. They also pair well with a glass of milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover carrot macaroons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. To reheat, place them in a 350°F (177°C) oven for a few minutes until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of carrot macaroons contains approximately 120 calories.


Carrot macaroons are relatively low in carbohydrates, with each serving containing approximately 10 grams of carbs.


Each serving of carrot macaroons contains about 7 grams of fat, primarily from the almonds used in the recipe.


These cookies are a good source of protein, with each serving containing around 3 grams.

Vitamins and minerals

Carrot macaroons are rich in vitamin A, thanks to the addition of grated carrots. They also provide a good amount of vitamin E and magnesium.


This recipe contains almonds and eggs, which are common allergens. Be sure to check for any allergies before serving.


Carrot macaroons are a nutritious and delicious treat, providing a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Carrot macaroons are a delicious and nutritious treat that is perfect for any occasion. With their unique combination of almonds, sugar, and grated carrots, these cookies are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy them as a light dessert or snack, and don't forget to share the recipe with others!

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the moment I stumbled upon this recipe for Carrot Macaroons. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Martha in the quaint little town of Willow Creek. Martha was known for her delicious baked goods, and she had promised to teach me a new recipe that she had recently discovered.

As we sat in her cozy kitchen, Martha pulled out a worn and tattered recipe book that had been passed down through her family for generations. She flipped through the pages until she came across a recipe for Carrot Macaroons. I had never heard of such a thing before, but Martha assured me that they were absolutely divine.

The recipe called for simple ingredients – grated carrots, coconut, sugar, and a touch of cinnamon. Martha explained that the key to making the perfect Carrot Macaroon was to finely grate the carrots so that they blended seamlessly with the coconut and sugar. She also stressed the importance of allowing the mixture to chill in the refrigerator before shaping it into small mounds and baking them to golden perfection.

As Martha guided me through the process, I couldn't help but marvel at the way she effortlessly combined the ingredients and shaped the dough into delicate little mounds. The kitchen filled with the warm and comforting aroma of cinnamon and coconut as the Carrot Macaroons baked in the oven.

When they were finally done, Martha pulled the tray out of the oven and allowed the Carrot Macaroons to cool slightly before offering me one. I took a hesitant bite, unsure of what to expect. But as soon as the sweet and nutty flavors melted on my tongue, I knew that I had discovered a new favorite treat.

From that day on, I was hooked on Carrot Macaroons. I made them for every special occasion – birthdays, holidays, and even just for a simple afternoon tea with friends. The recipe became a staple in my own collection, and I would often find myself reaching for that tattered old recipe book whenever I felt the urge to bake a batch of these delicious little treats.

Over the years, I learned to tweak the recipe to suit my own tastes. I added a sprinkle of nutmeg for an extra touch of warmth, and sometimes I would even drizzle a bit of honey over the top for a hint of sweetness. Each batch was a labor of love, made with care and attention to detail.

As I shared my Carrot Macaroons with friends and family, they were met with rave reviews. Everyone marveled at the unique combination of flavors and the delicate texture of these little morsels. I was proud to have stumbled upon such a delightful recipe, and I knew that it would continue to hold a special place in my heart for years to come.

Now, as I sit in my own cozy kitchen, surrounded by the comforting aroma of cinnamon and coconut, I can't help but think back to that warm summer day in Martha's kitchen. It was a day that changed the course of my baking journey, introducing me to a recipe that would become a beloved tradition in my family for generations to come.

And so, as I take another bite of a fresh batch of Carrot Macaroons, I am filled with gratitude for the simple joys that baking can bring. The memories of that day with Martha will always hold a special place in my heart, as will the recipe for Carrot Macaroons that she so generously shared with me.


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