Have you ever heard of Zucchini Cookies? I've heard of Zucchini Cake, Zucchini Bread and Zucchini Muffins as baked goodies but cookies made with zucchini is something totally new to me. I feel like I have just discovered America like Christopher Columbus....it's a whole new world to me now knowing that Zucchini Cookies exist! :-) And man oh man are they gooooood!!! These cookies have yumminess and healthiness all wrapped up in one happy place. The spices, raisins and nuts all go perfectly with the shredded zucchini that make up this cookie recipe. Of course if you don't like raisins or nuts (or even one of the spices) just omit them - you will still have a delightful cookie.
To make this cookie recipe even better I am honored to say that a friend of mine passed this recipe onto me which makes it a "Close to my Heart" recipe. Thank you Stacey! Stacey's mommy made these cookies for her all throughout her childhood.....precious!!!
I decided to make these cookies for my parents as a "Welcome Home" gift this past weekend. They had been off camping in their RV in Vermont so what better why to say "Welcome Home" than leave them a pretty jar wrapped with a ribbon filled with Yummy Zucchini Cookies!!! To top off the surprise I used a zucchini from my mother's garden to make the cookies. Needless to say both my mom and dad were tickled pink with happiness to have these cookies waiting for them when they returned home. :-)
Yummy Zucchini Cookies
I just looove the ground cloves in this recipe....
1 cup zucchini, grated
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 egg, beaten
2 cups flour (I used whole wheat white flour just to get that extra kick of healthiness out of the recipe...white flour is fine too)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts, chopped (I used walnuts...pecans would be yummy too)
1 cup raisins
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Then cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy....
2. Add in beaten egg - mix well.
3. Add to butter mixture - flour, baking soda, all spices (you desire) and salt...
4. Grate zucchini....
....then add to batter along with raisins and chopped nuts....
....mix to combine.
6. Place tablespoonfuls (I used a medium Pampered Chef scoop) of cookie batter on greased, parchment paper lined or Silpat lined cookie sheets.....
....Bake for 12-15 minutes....and then magic!!!
Wait a minute or two and enjoy!
Happy Yummy Zucchini Cookies Baking!
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