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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

A self-taught baker and cook, I've been baking and cooking for over 50 years. This is just one of my many zucchini recipes.

Chocolate chip zucchini cookies

Chocolate chip zucchini cookies

Zucchini in Cookies?

Zucchini is a wonderfully versatile and healthy vegetable, and it can be used in so many different recipes. I have recipes for zucchini bread; zucchini cakes with various flavors like blueberry, lemon, chocolate, and more; zucchini patties, stuffed zucchini; zucchini with pasta; and so much more.

So why not zucchini in cookies? I'm surprised that I never thought of this idea till I saw this recipe in my Taste of Home magazine. What a great way to get your children to eat their vegetables! These cookies are soft, sweet, and chocolaty—and if you like you can add chopped nuts of your choice, as well.

I left out two ingredients in these cookies: cloves (which I don't like in anything) and chopped nuts (which I love but I didn't have any at the time). However, both would be tasty additions, if they appeal to you.

These cookies take almost no time at all to make; the baking time is the biggest investment. I hope you try these cookies and enjoy!

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Cook Time

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20 min

12 min

32 min

approx. 40 cookies (depending on size)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups zucchini, finely shredded and water squeezed out*
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, add more if you like
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Zucchini: Why It's Important to Squeeze Out the Water

Zucchini holds a lot of water, so it's important to drain the zucchini after shredding. I always shred it with my box grader in a colander and squeeze the zucchini in order to get as much water out of it as possible. If you don't do this squeezing step it will add too much liquid to your recipe. This is especially problematic for baked items.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, around 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini, nuts, and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls three inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  5. Note: I use parchment paper on my cookie sheets to ensure the cookies will not stick. If you make your cookies bigger, leave them in a little longer till they are golden brown.
Cream the butter and sugar

Cream the butter and sugar

Combine the dry ingredients

Combine the dry ingredients

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together

Add the zucchini and chocolate chips

Add the zucchini and chocolate chips

Ready to go in the oven

Ready to go in the oven

Optional: Sprinkle Sugar on Top

I also sprinkled large-grain sugar on top of the cookies before they went into the oven. I used Sugar in the Raw, but you can use whatever you have. It gives a little crunch and a little more sweetness to the cookies. That of course, is optional.

© 2021 Rachel L Alba

Comments

Liza from USA on August 02, 2021:

Absolutely delicious. I have to try to make these chocolate chip zucchini cookies pronto! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Rachel.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 31, 2021:

I would like to ask if you can make comments right on my article. I can't see anywhere I can. it doesn't say leave comment anywhere.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 31, 2021:

Thank you everyone for your wonderful and encouraging comments. I agree Pamela, more chocolate chips would be better. I thought of that and will do that the next time. Going on hubpages.com is the only way I can leave any comments or responses so please forgive me for one general response. I have contacted the hubpages people and they assured me it will change soon, but I'm still waiting.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 31, 2021:

Awesome! A new way to use zucchini.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 30, 2021:

I like zucchini bread and I see no reason not to but them in cookies. I would add more chocolate chips, so the 67 calories per cookie would probably increase. LOL!

I would never have thought to add zucchini to my cookies. Your directions and all of your pictures gives us great instructions to make these cookies. Thank you, Rachel. They look great!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 30, 2021:

This sounds Yummy. The combination of ingredients is interesting.

I like baking cookies, and have tried different variations, but I have never thought of including zucchini in it. Now, I will.

Thank you for sharing your idea, and it looks great.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2021:

I love eating zucchini but would never have thought to put them into a cookie. I'll bet they keep the cookie nice and moist.

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