Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

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Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won’t even realize they are eating their veggies!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookie Recipe

Chocolate chips and zucchini. Zucchini and chocolate chips.  They are a match made in heaven. As kids, my sisters and I would turn our noses up at regular zucchini bread.  That’s because Mom usually added chocolate chips to her perfect zucchini bread. (Find that recipe here.)

I love this new combination.  Shredded zucchini in desserts lends to a moist, soft texture, and that is true for these old fashioned zucchini cookies.

Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won't even realize they are eating their veggies!

This recipe comes from my Pot O’Gold CookBook. I did modify it just a bit….by adding MORE chocolate chips than the original recipe called for.

I love this story about my Grandma.  She was from the Depression Era, and that defined her to the core. If you look up frugal in the dictionary, I think there might be a photo of her.

Anyways, Dad always complained that she was so stingy with her chocolate chips when she made cookies. I’m not sure if this is 100% accurate, but Dad says she’d make the cookie dough, and then add exactly three chocolate chips to each cookie. It drove him crazy!

He trained my Mom to add extra chocolate chips, and that method was passed down to all of his daughters. I am the ultimate chocolate chip lover. The more chocolate chips in a recipe, the better. And that stands true for these soft zucchini cookies.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

  1. Cream together sugars, eggs, vanilla and shortening.
  2. Combine shredded zucchini, flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until combined.
  4. Drop by teaspoon on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 3-4 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack.

For the full recipe for zucchini cookies with chocolate chips, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Notes About Soft Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • Crisco sticks work great for the shortening. They typically come in 1 cup sticks. I often use butter flavored Crisco.
  • This recipe for old fashioned zucchini cookies makes a big batch of cookies, approximately 64 cookies.
  • The batter tends to be a little on the wet side which results in a soft, moist zucchini cookie.
  • To easily shred the zucchini, use a food processor.
  • For most recipes that call for chopped nuts, I use pecans. Chopped walnuts would work too!
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Healthy Zucchini Bread Recipe

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Butterscotch Zucchini Cake

This Butterscotch Zucchini Cake with its crunchy, sugary topping is a go-to option for any cookout, pitch-in or just a mid-week treat.

Iced Zucchini Bars

Frosted Zucchini Bars with Chocolate Chips are perfect dessert to use up summer zucchini. This delectable dessert features a tasty cream cheese icing, a moist texture and a rich chocolate chip flavor. Plus, it feeds a crowd!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won't even realize they are eating their veggies!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip zucchini cookies, moist zucchini cookies, old fashioned zucchini cookies, soft zucchini cookies, zucchini cookies, zucchini cookies with chocolate chips, zucchini dessert recipes
Servings: 64 cookies
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  • Cream brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla.
    Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won't even realize they are eating their veggies!
  • In a separate bowl, combine shredded zucchini, flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
    Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won't even realize they are eating their veggies!
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir to combine.
    Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won't even realize they are eating their veggies!
  • Drop by teaspoon on a greased baking sheet.
    Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won't even realize they are eating their veggies!
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes.
  • Cool on the pan for 3-4 minutes; remove and cool on a cooling rack.
    Have a bounty of zucchini? Use it up with a huge batch of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies.  These soft, moist cookies are a hit with kids, and they won't even realize they are eating their veggies!

Notes

  • Crisco sticks work great for the shortening. They typically come in 1 cup sticks. I often use butter flavored Crisco.
  • This recipe for old fashioned zucchini cookies makes a big batch of cookies, approximately 64 cookies. 
  • The batter tends to be a little on the wet side which results in a soft, moist zucchini cookie.
  • To easily shred the zucchini, use a food processor
  • For most recipes that call for chopped nuts, I use pecans. Chopped walnuts would work too!
  • Zucchini and chocolate chips are the perfect pairing.  Try Mom's Perfect Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread or Iced Zucchini Bars (with chocolate chips).

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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