23 August 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies

Do you still have zucchini in your refrigerator? I do. I still have three good-sized ones. Luckily there won't be any more (the plants came out of the garden last weekend). I don't think I want to see another zucchini for awhile.

It's gotten to the point where, whenever I put out something to eat (breakfast, dinner, dessert) my daughter asks, "is there zucchini in this?" like it's the most normal thing in the world.

By far, I think this is my favorite zucchini treat I've made to date.

I had seen a zucchini oatmeal cookie recipe in last months' Rachael Ray magazine. I was intrigued. But I've been wanting to try chocolate oatmeal cookies for awhile, so I decided to put the two together. I was nervous, because I made up the recipe as I went along. I haven't done many of my own recipes yet and I'm nervous each time I try.

But these cookies? They actually worked.

When I first tried them I was worried they didn't have enough sugar. They weren't totally sweet, like the other oatmeal cookies I'm used too. But the chocolate flavor hits a little after the cookie does and it's wonderful. And, because there isn't a ton of sugar (and there is actually vegetable in there), these make a great after-school (or lunchtime) treat. Jordan really liked them, even knowing they had zucchini in them.

But you know the best endorsement I got? It was from my husband. I mean, he likes everything I make. But he's not a total sugar person. He's famous for the "Wow! That's too sweet!" comment. (Whereas I'm thinking, "Um...are you crazy? There's no such thing!") He really liked these cookies because they are the perfect amount of sweet. The sweet is not overpowering. Which can be a good thing.

So if you have some leftover zucchini, give these a try. I am planning to make a few more batches for the freezer. My daughter loves to be surprised with one in her lunch box.



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Chocolate Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies
Recipe by Crazy for Crust

½ cup butter
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup cocoa powder
3 cups quick oats
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 small)

1.       Preheat oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper (or spray them with nonstick cooking spray).
2.       In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and cocoa. Set aside.
3.       In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter, oil, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients.
4.       Add oats and mix on low speed. Continue mixing on low speed and add zucchini. Mix until well combined.
5.       Scoop uniform balls onto cookie sheets. (I used a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop.) Bake 11-14 minutes until center of cookie no longer looks wet. Cool 10 minutes on cookie sheets before removing.

Yield: about 2 dozen large cookies

This recipe may be linked with:
MondayMingle Monday (Add a Pinch), Joy of DessertsTuesday2 Maids a Baking (2 Maids a Milking), Tea Party Tuesdays (Sweetology). WednesdayCast Party WednesdayMade It On Monday (Lark's Country Heart), This Chick Cooks.  ThursdaySweet Treats Thursday (Something Swanky), Chic-and-Crafty (Frugal Girls), Turning the Table Thursdays (Around My Family Table), Tasty Thursday (The How-To Mommy). FridaySweet Tooth Friday (Alli-n-son), I'm Lovin' it Fridays (TidyMom). SaturdaySweets for a Saturday (Sweet as Sugar Cookies). SundayA Well-Seasoned Life,Sharing Sundays (Everyday Sisters)

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At August 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

Thanks so much for linking this up this week to Made it on Monday!


At August 25, 2011 at 6:23 AM , Anonymous Karen @ Trilogy Edibles said...

Oh My don't these look awesome. I love zucchini!

At August 25, 2011 at 1:10 PM , Blogger Cindy said...

I still have zucchini to use. This looks like the perfect recipe. I'll try it!

At August 26, 2011 at 6:30 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@Karen @ Trilogy Edibles
Thank you! I love zucchini too, but I am SO tired of it. ;) Thanks for your comment!

At August 26, 2011 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Julie said...

Yummy, we are using zucchini in everything. I can't wait to try this :)

The Farm Girl

At August 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM , OpenID ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

I've never made cookies with zucchini. I'll have to give these a try.
Thanks for sharing at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will join me again next week for another great party filled with amazing recipes!

At August 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Kim McCallie said...

Wow! These look delicious. The perfect way to sneak more veggies into the kids' diet. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

At August 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Simple Girl said...

Yes, I'm all about sneaking in the veggies! Who wouldn't want to eat zucchini that tastes like chocolate cookies! :-)

At August 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@JulieI hope you enjoy them! :)

I'll see you next week!

@Kim McCallie
I love sneaking veggies in wherever I can. Especially when it includes chocolate! :)

@Simple Girl
It's a must in my house - my daughter won't touch them at all. Chocolate + zucchini = YUMMY!

At August 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM , Blogger GStaples said...

Oh my! These sound great! I love chocolate, oatmeal and zucchini! A must try.

At August 29, 2011 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I hope you enjoy them! Thank you for reading and for your comment. :)

At November 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM , Anonymous xlpharmacy reviews said...

wait a second...zucchini...chocolate...and oatmeal? OK I don't want to be unpolite, but this as a sure stomach ache, I mean that ingredients, the chocolate and the oatmeal are enough, but zucchini? oh boy!


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