Zucchini Brownies Recipe
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Zucchini Brownies Recipe

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A fast-to-fix peanut butter and chocolate frosting tops these moist brownies that are a sweet way to use up your green garden squash. We really like the cake-like texture of these zucchini brownies. —Allyson Wilkins, Amherst, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:15-18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15-18 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 307 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in yogurt and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in zucchini.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. For frosting, in a small saucepan, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Spread over warm brownies. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Zucchini Brownies in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p43

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Irinie User ID: 8906183 254541
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

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Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 253131
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"Glad I made only one half recipe. We did not like this at all. I will not make this again."

s.keeper User ID: 7380142 252369
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2016

"Would definitely call this a cake. It turned out fine but the peanut butter frosting is just wrong for this! I love pb and chocolate (even ate it as I was scarping it off!) but it was wrong for this cake."

MY REVIEW User ID: 7564909 250652
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"Turned out cake-like as others state, (I prefer Brownie texture). Frosting is delicious. It was difficult to spread thin enough to cover 13 x 9. Good if you enjoy cake, zucchini is not detected :), and frosting is yummy but should be doubled!"

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 235372
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"I definitely agree with the other reviewers, this is much more of a cake consistency than a brownie. However, it is a fantastic cake. The frosting is what makes it different from the usual chocolate zucchini cake. It's simple, but very rich. Perfect mix of sweet and peanuty chocolate goodness!"

jackiegreen User ID: 1079189 231109
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"I was expecting Brownies and I got cake. I found an after taste of 'soda'. In general it was OK but I have had better cake made with zucchini. I won't be making this again."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 231086
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015


debholdswortholivier User ID: 8009773 84930
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"I've made these several times. More like a snack cake that a brownie, but delicious!"

1nana27 User ID: 6327342 84929
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Really great light chocolate taste. Used glaze instead of peanut butter and chocolate chips."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 110908
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Good if you want a nice chocolate CAKE. You don't taste the zucchini at all. But not great if you're craving brownies.

~ Theresa"

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