Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yummy Zucchini Cookies


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

Ingredients:



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

Directions:

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...



....mix well.

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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11 comments:

  1. I've been looking forward to trying zucchini cookies -- thanks for the recipe!

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  2. Zucchini bread is my weakness... so zucchini in a cookie is just plain genius. These look amazing. Thanks for posting this!

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  3. I heart zucchini cookies...the pic of yours in the jar is too cute!

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  4. yum, yum, YUM!!!! Looks so fabulous and I LOVE the picture at the end....STUNNING!

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  5. I have never heard of zucchini cookies either. They look delicious though. I like the fact that there are vegetables in the cookie, it won't make me feel quite so guilty when I eat a dozen of them.

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  6. I have made lots of zucchini bread, but never cookies. This is something I will have to try! Yum!

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  7. I have some zucchini I need to use..this looks like a plan!

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  8. This is a new and creative idea for me. If Zucchini works for breads and cakes, why not cookies. Something new to add to my "For the Future" Bakes. Thanks.

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  9. What a great idea and those look delicious! I love the scoop and the silpats- makes for perfect cookies every time!

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  10. oooh yum never made zucchini cookies before only loaves. Must try it.

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  11. Love zucchini but never used it in cookies. They sound delicious!
    Mickey

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