I had a weird inspiration for cookies this week when I was at the local farmer’s market. There is one booth I get lettuce for the guinea pigs from, and they happened to have zucchini for sale. The idea was originally zucchini bread, but then I wondered if a zucchini cookie was something that was possible, and the answer to that question is…yes!
The recipe is pretty simple to make, but the problem is that this is one of those recipes that requires a couple of hours for the dough to refrigerate. Even though the recipe calls for an egg to be at room temperature, you can get away with a refrigerated one. The most labor intensive part of this recipe is shredding the zucchini.
This is one of those recipes again where you combine the dry ingredients before mixing it in with the wet ones. Also, you should whisk the white and brown sugars together before mixing them with the butter. When it comes to scooping the dough, the trusty Oxo 1.5Tbsp scooper comes to the rescue again.
For this recipe, if you are baking the cookies on aluminum sheets, you need to put them in the oven for about 18 minutes so the outsides are slightly browned.
The cookies are very good and very moist. It’s essentially zucchini bread in cookie form, and there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever.
- 1 cup (140g) shredded & blotted zucchini (see step 1)
- 2 cups (160g) old-fashioned whole rolled oats*
- 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup (100g) packed dark or light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup*
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Lightly blot the shredded zucchini with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. No need to squeeze out all the moisture; gently blotting is plenty. You need 1 cup (140g) of shredded, lightly blotted zucchini. Set aside until step 4. (Or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. It can be cold when you add it to the dough.)
- Whisk the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and mix on high until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and the zucchini to the wet ingredients, then mix on low speed until combined. With the mixer still running on low speed, beat in the chocolate chips. Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (and up to 4 days). If chilling for longer than a few hours, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- Scoop or roll cookie dough, a heaping 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft. For crispier edges, bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more chocolate chips into the tops– this is only for looks! Cookies are extra soft out of the oven, but become chewier as they cool.
- Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.