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Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

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
    8 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 132 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Lynda M
    Oct 16, 2018

    My husband loved these soft cookies. And I appreciate that the recipe makes so many that I don't have to do it so often. They freeze beautifully.

  • lpugh9
    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
    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
    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
    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!

  • Pat
    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.

  • Mummassweetyreats
    Jul 23, 2012

    No comment left

  • aubsmc
    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
    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
    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.