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Sneak Vegetables In Zucchini Cookies

Like carrots, zucchinis make a healthy addition to sweet dishes like cookies and cakes. The zucchini adds much needed vitamins and fiber, but don't distract from the chewiness of the cookie. The next time you want to surprise kids with a batch of homemade cookies — in their lunch or after school —make these cookies. The chocolate chips, raisins, and flaked coconut will completely distract them from the zucchini. To make a batch of these moist and tasty cookies for your family today,

Zucchini Cookies
From Sunset magazine
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1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in zucchini.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add to zucchini mixture.
  5. Stir in nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, and coconut.
  6. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto buttered cookie sheets.
  7. Bake until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes, and transfer to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.

Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 106(48% from fat); FAT 5.7g (sat 2.9g); PROTEIN 1.3g; CHOLESTEROL 15mg; SODIUM 93mg; FIBER 0.6g; CARBOHYDRATE 13g

Join The Conversation
aburnett aburnett 9 years
I love zucchini, so I'll give it a shot!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmm perhaps I will give these a try!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
me too ALSW.. these should be good too!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I adore zucchini bread so I could definitely give this a try.
winniebaby winniebaby 9 years
I dunno about the cup of butter... 48% of calories come from fat, which is something I would not want to eat, let alone let my child eat. A cookie is still a cookie, even if it has zucchini added to it. Look at the refined flour, sugar, and butter... I concur with the comments above about how we should set an example for our children by enjoying good healthy wholesome food. If my child really wants a cookie, I will just buy one once in a while as a treat.
busybeegal busybeegal 9 years
Well, I've got a 4 year old and a 2.5 year old - so, I'm always on the lookout for ways to have them eat healthily. I think these cookies actually sound decent (minus the chocolate chips). But not necessarily as a way to get my kids to eat their veggies. As someone else posted, as long as you introduce it to their palate at a young age, and show that you yourself like to eat them - veggies are pretty much well received by kids. My 4 year old devoured some grilled marinated squash, brown rice, and grilled balsamic glazed chicken tonight. In our case, we never assume our kids won't like something- we let them be the judge. Getting back to these cookies, I think they actually sound kinda tasty and I would consider making them just to see what they taste like. Sorry for the long post!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
My mom makes zucchini bread with raisins and walnuts. It great and I just started eating it last year with cream cheese or butter spread on it. I'm 33. i think it's okay if you have a kid who refuses to eat veggies. My old boss used to puree zucchini and add it to home made chocolate bundt cake. It made the cake so moist. Delish!
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I think that if parents introduce vegs. in a good way from the start, kids wouldn't be so apprehensive to try them. If kids see their parents enjoying these foods, it shouldn't be a problem. Yes, everyone has their own tastes, but nobody (kids and adults alike) hates all vegetables.
madison63 madison63 9 years
this actually doesn't sound bad. i think i'll try baking it this weekend
Mmmarshmallow Mmmarshmallow 9 years
Guh, surely it would be better for children to learn about the goodness of vegetables without trying to smuggle them into sugar laden foods? If anything, parents might justify giving their kids these cookies on the basis of 'It has vegetables in it!' just like my parents used to justify giving my brother pizza for the same reason. No, no no. On SO many levels.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
hmm. dunno about this. i don't like zucchinis in cake...
mishelleanne mishelleanne 9 years
ugh gag me with the egg beater.
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