Chocolate Zucchini Cookies Recipe

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This recipe started out as a plain zucchini cookie. But over the years, I added nuts and chocolate chips. These soft cookies never make it to the cookie jar!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 132 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the zucchini, nuts and chocolate chips.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p26

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lpugh9 User ID: 5334512 74982
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"I cut the recipe in half and substituted 2/3 c. Cocoa for 2/3 c. Flour using the nuts and the chocolate chips, and sprinkled them with confectioners sugar. My husband thought they were good."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 70484
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"These were good with the changes I made: no nuts, only dashes of cloves and nutmeg, 1 1/4 cup shredded zucchini, cooked 8 minutes and left to sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack, and milk chocolate chips. Thanks for another way to use zucchini!"

paskeyk User ID: 4936797 26862
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"We don't like nuts in our cookies so I omitted them and added more chocolate chips instead. These cookies were a hit!"

wld User ID: 1152250 59995
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"Glad I read the reviews, I thought there was cocoa in the recipe. I substituted one cup cocoa for a cup of flour, swapped one cup white flour for wheat flour, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Brought cookies to work and they disappeared fast!"

PatWTS User ID: 117277 70483
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

"Will try this recipe again. Made them yesterday and it was hot and humid. Cookie were soft and cakey but stuck together on the plate. Not happy with results."

aubsmc User ID: 4410313 72430
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I read the reviews before baking these and decided to reduce the flour by 1 cup and add 1 cup cocoa. I reduced the amount of nutmeg to 1/2 tsp. (as I dislike nutmeg). I also omitted the nuts but still added the chocolate chips. This will be the first time ever that I think the chocolate chips actually didn't add much to the cookie. I think they tasted great without them and next time will not add them. These were wonderful even with all my alterations."

stonekeeper User ID: 6106670 25778
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"These are some of the best cookies you will ever wrap your lips around. Just don't tell them that they have zucchini in the cookies until after they try them. These cookies are wonderful with or without the chocolate chips or the nuts. They disapper with lightening speed. I just wish the fresh zucchini was available year round. But if you have the freezer space they freeze well."

jenniferj696 User ID: 3204263 81984
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"This is a great recipe! My kids and family love them, I made them yesterday and now am making them again today because they were gone. A better title would be chocolate chip zucchini cookies. But, they are a wonderful cookie and a delicous way to use up garden zucchini."

lightedway User ID: 4228023 35914
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010


lightedway User ID: 4228023 70481
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"See these cookies pictured on my page. This recipe was easy to make. As the first reviewer stated these are not chocolate cookies they just have chocolate chips in them. I am glad I read that as I reduced the amount of flour by one cup and added one cup of cocoa. Now they are serious Chocolate Zucchini Cookies. I decided to dust them with conf sugar to make them pretty. They are soft and comforting."

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