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Madame Benoit’s Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

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  • Author: Maureen Haddock
  • Total Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


I refer to these delicious, nutritious cookies as breakfast cookies. They don’t crumble when eaten, so they make perfect treats to enjoy in the car. They keep, for a few days, in a tin, and they freeze well. This Carrot Oatmeal Cookie recipe was the first one I tested from Madame Benoit Cooks at Home back in 1982. Madame Benoit wrote me letters after I reviewed her book. You can read about my connection to Madame Benoit here.


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  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 cup grated raw carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 cup of seedless raisins


Preheat the oven to 350°F

Step One:

In a medium bowl, cream the sugar, shortening, and eggs until light and creamy. Add milk and carrots, and stir until well mixed.

Step Two:

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add salt, oatmeal, and raisins. Stir together, coating the raisins with the flour mixture.

Step Three:

Blend the dry raisin mixture with the creamed mixture. The batter will be quite stiff. Drop by spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake the cookies at 350° F for 15 minutes or until brown all over.

  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Bake

3 Responses

  1. I remember growing up in a home full of delicious smells! I remember walking through the doors trying to figure out what yummy treat I was smelling, before I came into the kitchen. Still, my favourite place to be is in your kitchen, Mom. I love watching you create. You are an artist, and I am privileged to have the best seat in the house! Thank you, Mom. I love your picture in that newspaper article. You look so at home and happy. I remember you around that age. I remember your pretty red fingernails and your perfume. You are still so lovely and glamorous! Thank you for every phenomenal cookie, muffin, and cake. Oh and thanks for all your other delicious dishes, too!

  2. This is a marvelous blog Maureen. I well remember Madame Benoit’s TV programs and had one of her recipe books. I forget its name now but I used it when I needed to find some obscure item. Those cookies sound delicious!

  3. I have Madame Benoit’s brandied apricot Xmas cake recipe which is my sister’s favourite! Thanks for twinging the memories Maureen!

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