Lemon Zucchini Drops Recipe
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Lemon Zucchini Drops Recipe

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When we lived on the East Coast, a nearby fruit and vegetable stand had a bakery featuring these soft cake-like cookies. We missed every bite when we moved away, so I developed this recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 196 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, zucchini and lemon peel. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For glaze, combine sugar and enough lemon juice to achieve a thin spreading consistency. Spread or drizzle over cooled cookies. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Zucchini Drops in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p19

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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TerryH1387 User ID: 2222889 230364
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"Followed recipe with no changes and they turned out great. Light and tasty. This definitely will go in my zucchini recipe rotation!"

flowernerenergize User ID: 5797905 26825
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"Very, very tasty cookie! I doubled the lemon zest and for the icing I only used a cup of confectioners sugar (because I'm cheap and also because I end up with a ton of leftover icing that I have to try to use up before it goes bad). I enjoy using items from our garden in unusual ways and this is the second zucchini cookie we've tried. Definitely recommended!"

jbug4 User ID: 4873132 88731
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Fantastic used cherry cran raisins added more lemon zest. This is a keeper so good!!"

piehlar User ID: 4350572 36447
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"What a great way to use over abundant zucchini! I have made this several times and used fresh lemon juice and used white raisins. A favorite!"

LegalSec User ID: 548619 88724
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"This recipe was great but I did make some changes to make lower in fat. I only used 1/4 c. butter, 3 tbsp. of liquid egg whites and no nut. After mixing I felt it was too thin for cookies so I put the batter into a 9 inch square baking pan and placed in oven for 30 minutes and then checked with a toothpick until it was done. I made the glaze thicker with the juice of a fresh lemon and cut into 16 pieces which yield a low-fat cake with around 3 grams of fat, sorry I don't have a calorie count. The cake is so moist and the cinnamon and lemon flavors come out deliciously."

jane428 User ID: 3835785 26824
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"OMG get your mixer out and make these cookies. Great way to use up zuccini. I used fresh lemons I think it made a big difference. YUM"

TOHfoodie User ID: 3640360 203327
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"I don't usually like "cake-type" cookies, but these were GREAT! I ended up making 3 batches and using them in my Christmas treat bags. I didn't have enough zucchini for the last batch so I used yellow squash (1/2 cup) for the rest. They were just as good! I try and sneak extra fiber into food when I can but be sure to peel the squash in this recipe. Otherwise, you'll easily notice the green/yellow color. If you don't know there's squash in this recipe, you'd never be able to tell! The lemon glaze was a bit tart on it's own, but it complimented the cookies perfectly!"

NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 28139
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"These are really great. Made them up in the morning to take to work - and they were well received - I left with an empty plate!"

Voluptuosa User ID: 1298157 21516
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"They were delicious! I may of made some a little too big, but nobody complained. I would make these again."

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