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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

1 serving (2 each) equals 132 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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