Zucchini Cookies are zucchini bread in cookie form! Soft, perfectly sweet and lower in fat, these easy-to-make zucchini cookies taste incredible!
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are for those of you who are still holding fast to your New Years Resolution of eating healthier, but aren’t quite ready to give up cookies. WAY TO GO! This one’s for you! These delicious little treats are healthy and your kids will love them too.
How to Make Zucchini Cookies
For making these cookies you’ll need about 1 cup of grated zucchini, this is usually about 1 medium sized. You can squeeze out the excess water from the zucchini with a paper towel if you fear that it’s too wet to make the cookie dough come together.
Another great tip is to let the cookies cool completely before you eat them, this masks most (if not all) of the zucchini flavor. A great way to enjoy a chocolate chip cookie without feeling guilty!
We reduced the fat content by swapping out cooking oil for applesauce. The applesauce is a healthy baking alternative that works great with these cookies and the texture hides completely once baked! You can also use whole wheat flour if you’d like, as well as adding in 1 TBSP ground flax.
What kind of chocolate chips should I use?
I personally recommend using semi sweet or dark chocolate chips because I love the flavor. Not only that but the zucchini will taste great paired with darker chocolates! Yum!
Here’s what you’ll need:
-sugar: I use granulated sugar but you can swap in a low-cal baking sweetener if you’d like!
-butter (room temperature): I’m a big fan of butter, obviously. I use salted butter in baking.
-applesauce: used in place of oil
-baking soda & salt
-oats: I use old fashioned oats, but you can use quick cook oats if that’s all you have on hand.
-flour: for an added healthy boost, sub in half whole wheat flour!
-zucchini: depending on the size of your zucchini squash, you’ll get about 2 cups per squash
-chocolate chips: I use dark chocolate or semi sweet
Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, butter, applesauce, and egg.
Then add in the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, oats, and flour).
Once they are combined, fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
Scoop the cookie dough out onto a greased cookie sheet or a baking mat. Space them about 2 -3 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
When baked, allow them to cool for a couple of minutes on the tray and then place them on a cooling rack to complete cooling. Makes approx. 4 dozen.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter room temperature
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cream together the sugar, butter, applesauce and egg. Then add the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, oats and flour). When they are combined add the zucchini and chocolate chips.
- Spoon cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet or baking mat. Space about 2 -3 inches apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. When baked, allow to cool for a couple minutes on the tray and then place them on a cookie sheet to complete cooling. Eat when they are completely cool (you won't taste the zucchini when it's completely cooled). Makes approx. 4 dozen.
Do you have to refrigerate zucchini cookies?
No need to refrigerate! Simply keep these tasty treats in an airtight container on the counter and you’ll be good. They can last up to a week this way and still be fine.
Can you freeze zucchini cookies?
With this cookie recipe making so many cookies it’s a good idea to consider freezing some for later. To do this, just keep them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place them on the counter for a few hours to thaw before eating.
Old fashioned rolled oats are great in cookies because they hold up to the baking and moisture and result in a chewy texture. You can use the other oats if you have them on hand, but you will often see old fashioned oats as the most requested type to use for cookies.
Still have tons of zucchini? Here are more recipes we love:
- Best Zucchini Bread Recipe Ever!
- Zucchini Sausage Soup
- Lemon Zucchini Muffins
- Garden Zucchini Chowder
- Low Fat Zucchini Cookies
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Zucchini Banana Bread
- Pudding Zucchini Bread
- Easy Zucchini Cake
- Cheesy Zucchini Fritters
- Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting
- Easy Stuffed Zucchini
- Grilled Lemon Curry Zucchini
- Zucchini Risotto
- Healthy Zucchini Carrot Muffins
Zucchini Cookies are zucchini bread in cookie form! Soft, perfectly sweet and lower in fat & sugar, these easy-to-make zucchini cookies taste incredible!