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Zucchini Raisin Cookies Recipe

Zucchini Raisin Cookies Recipe

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. YIELD:18 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 3 dozen.

Recipe Note

If Cooking for Two: Freeze cookies in airtight containers and thaw as needed.

Nutritional 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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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 271497
Reviewed 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 User ID: 876567 233504
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6344508 229476
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1034705 13410
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1251896 11598
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5517629 17256
Reviewed 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."

awampler2001 User ID: 1356586 37565
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1727 32378
Reviewed 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."

miranml User ID: 6144966 11596
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"I recommend using 3 cups of flour and that makes non stick and much more cake like"

Raggamuffin User ID: 3425624 70653
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"I'm baking these while the kids are at school. They cannot know there is zucchini in the cookies! I always use parchment paper so my cookies don't stick. I used 1/3 c. butter flavored shortening and a Tbl. milk instead. I always skip the salt in all my baking (we already consume enough sodium.) I added 1/3 crushed walnuts, so my son won't see them and baked at 350 for 10-12 min. They turned out great! Light and fluffy!"

jsouba User ID: 1788691 16962
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"This recipe was really good, very light cookies. One tip...make sure to take the cookies off the cookie sheet directly out of the oven or they stick!!!"

Texanna User ID: 1266749 37564
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"These definitely get 5 stars in my opinion. I often use Craisins instead of raisin. They work well in this recipe also."

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