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Zucchini Raisin Cookies

This favorite old recipe means a lot to me, since it was given to me by a good friend. That friend, in turn, received it from her great-grandmother. I'm always looking for ways to use zucchini (I even add it to my spaghetti sauce), so this was a welcome addition to my recipe file.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup shredded peeled zucchini
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup raisins


  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Stir in zucchini; set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cloves. Add to zucchini mixture; stir until thoroughly combine. Stir in raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cookies are cake-like.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze cookies in airtight containers and thaw as needed.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 172 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 152mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • lpugh9
    Jun 29, 2018

    Very Good even though I used 1 cup white flour and 1 cup wheat flour.

  • JMartinelli13
    Aug 8, 2017

    I lined my sheets with parchment then moved the cookies to nonstick racks. I used a medium cookie scoop and got 2 dozen large cookies. We all enjoyed these, and I'll definitely make them again.

  • newrecipejunkie
    Sep 26, 2015

    These cookies are so good! I only made a few minor changes: left out the nuts due to nut allergy, used half the amount of nutmeg and a little less cloves. I worried that there would be too much "space" without a whole cup of nuts but the cookies are just fine without them. You could add a few more raisins if you wanted to. I'm eating one as I type this. I usually like milk with cookies but tonight I'm having it with cold fresh cider. Yum! I'll be making these again!

  • cookergal
    Jul 13, 2015

    These cookies are GREAT! I used 2 2/3 cups of King Arthur Whole Wheat flour, 1 cup of plumped raisins and about 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Oh, I also used Egg Beaters instead of the egg. They are nice and soft and cakey. Very good!

  • nightskystar
    Sep 3, 2014

    After reading the reviews, and the story, I decided to try these. I have a bunch of zucchini so wanted to try some new things.I made just as stated Used up all my raisins so had to use craisins in another zucchini recipe..great substitution!!), got 18 lovely cookies, and they were delicious!! I love older tried and true recipes...I think perhaps some of the reviewers used very wet zucchini..i grate it on my box grater, then patted it dry. Had no sticky problems. Be aware that adding extra flour may change the way the cookies come out, and overmixing may make them tougher.Enjoyed this recipe! thank you!

  • lurky27
    Oct 4, 2013

    Yummy! I made them exactly as directed. Yes, they were sticky...I sprayed some Pam on my hands to help with that! It does not make a ton, so I would double it if you're looking to make a nice big batch to share.~ Theresa

  • pinkiepie
    Aug 9, 2013

    These where not my favorite cookie. They did not make as much as said not even close and I used a small scoper to get them all the same size and they look to me the same size as the picture. The flavor was not all that great not bad but nothing I would want to share.

  • EstherClydene
    Jan 3, 2013

    No comment left

  • awampler2001
    Sep 12, 2012

    I am also a subscriber to Healthy Cooking and i enjoy the receipes that are re-makes and this as well as other zucchnini cookies would be appriciated. I made these for my husband and son but could only enjoy one serving for myself and they were GREAT ;-) and would love to enjoy more. Thank you, Anne Wampler

  • nataliepooh
    Sep 2, 2011

    These are delicious! I, too, added an extra cup of flour and had no problem with sticking. Some chopped walnuts would be a nice addition. You can't even tell these have zucchini in them, and it gives them a really nice texture.