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Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries

Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries

Is your garden producing obscene amounts of zucchini right now? We didn’t plant any zucchini this year, but I knew we wouldn’t go without. Our good friend is kindly sharing his never ending supply. I decided to make good use of the zucchini and bake a batch of zucchini cookies with chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

These cookies have oatmeal, cinnamon, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and of course the star ingredient-zucchini.  I only had to use four tablespoons of butter because the zucchini kept the cookies nice and moist. You will never know there is less butter involved because these cookies are delicious! I personally think these cookies are best when eaten frozen. Maybe I am weird, but try it, you might like it:)

If your garden or neighbor’s garden is overflowing with zucchini, make a batch of zucchini cookies with chocolate chips and dried cranberries. You might have to hunt down extra zucchini after taking one bite of a cookie. They are that good! You will want to make batch after batch.

Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 15 minutes


1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup shredded zucchini
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars, mix until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract. Next, add the shredded zucchini. Mix until combined.

4. Slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.

5. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or Silcone baking mats. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

If you like these zucchini cookies, you might also like:

Zucchini Bread with Dried Cranberries from Two Peas and Their Pod
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Zucchini Cornmeal Cookies from Martha Stewart

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123 Responses to “Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries”

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  1. Mags — August 25, 2010 @ 4:20 am

    I just shredded and froze some zucchini yesterday. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. FrauSchmunzel — August 25, 2010 @ 4:27 am

    I discovered your blog yesterday. And I’m thrilled with all the recipes you present here.
    I’ve never tried zucchini cookies before. I think I’ll give it a try.

    • twopeas replied: — August 25th, 2010 @ 7:56 am

      Welcome to our blog! Glad you are enjoying our recipes so far.

  3. Rosa — August 25, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    Those are gorgeous little cookies!



  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — August 25, 2010 @ 5:25 am

    Ooooh just love this idea! Good way for me to get in my veggies. :)

  5. The Italian Dish — August 25, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    Okay, these sound totally delicious! I just posted chocolate zucchini cake, but I love the idea of the cranberries in here. I think my family would love these cookies.

    • twopeas replied: — August 25th, 2010 @ 7:59 am

      I will have to check out your cake. I love baking with zucchini.

  6. Kalynskitchen — August 25, 2010 @ 5:50 am

    These cookies look great! I love the idea of making cookies from zucchini.

  7. Erica — August 25, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    A fabulous idea! I’ve never seen zuch in cookies. I bet it pairs perfectly with the chocolate

  8. Jenny Flake — August 25, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    Gorgeous cookies! I can just imagine how yummy they are!

  9. Barbara Bakes — August 25, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    Sounds like a healthy summer treat. I’d love the frozen ones too.

  10. Pearl Lee — August 25, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    those cookies look great! i don’t think i’ve ever seen zucchini cookies before! yum!

  11. Amy from She Wears Many Hats — August 25, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    I bet these are yuuuuuuum! You always have the best cookie combos here Maria.

  12. marla {family fresh cooking} — August 25, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    These are such fun Zucchini cookies, they would be a great addition to the kids lunch boxes!! xo

  13. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — August 25, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    Great way to use up zucchini! I’m printing this off now….I have some in my fridge I want to use up. Great idea!

  14. Michelle — August 25, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    What a great recipe and perfect for a brown bag lunch!

  15. tiffany (food finery) — August 25, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    it makes me laugh that you love frozen things as much as i do! i like it :)

  16. Megan — August 25, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    I love that you put zucchini in a cookie!

    • twopeas replied: — August 25th, 2010 @ 7:59 am

      Of course I had to make zucchini cookies. I love my cookies:)

  17. Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 25, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    zucchini in a cookie?! amazing!

  18. Pam — August 25, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    I am loving this recipe! The cookies look fantastic.

  19. kat — August 25, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    I’ve used zucchini in cupcakes & bread but never thought of cookies

  20. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — August 25, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    I wonder what it is about zucchini that it adds something special to breads and cookies, but it does and there is a feeling that it somehow transforms that treat to something a bit more healthy…lowering the fat is a great idea.

    I see Mags mentioned it but I’ll repeat as so many of my friends have never thought of it; shred your over abundant zucchini and store in portion sized bags then thaw and dump into treats in the winter when you wish you had some of that zucchini lining your counter now!

    • twopeas replied: — August 25th, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

  21. Sara — August 25, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    Love this recipe! I’ve had zucchini bread, but never zucchini cookies!

  22. DessertForTwo — August 25, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    Thanks for another zucchini recipe! I can’t get enough!

    I love that such little butter is required :)

  23. Tracy — August 25, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    I’ve made zucchini bread and chocolate zucchini cake before, but cookies are a great idea! Yum!

  24. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 25, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    These sound so good! I have never used zucchini in sweets before, but I bet these are absolutely delicious!

  25. Joanne — August 25, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    I don’t have a zucchini plant either and yet they keep appearing in my grocery cart…suspiciously. These cookies sound fantastic!

  26. teresa — August 25, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    never thought to make cookies out of zucchini, wonderful! they look so good!

  27. alison — August 25, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Love these!!

  28. pam — August 25, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    and I thought my husband was the only one who liked frozen cookies….

  29. These look incredible! I’m going to make these after I’m done with your Peaches N’ Cream muffins. Fabulous desserts!

  30. Lauren — August 25, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    Yep, totally making these :).

  31. pigpigscorner — August 25, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    I’ve been seeing lots of zucchini cakes but never cookies! Sounds great!

  32. Jen @ How To: Simplify — August 25, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

    I’ve never heard of such a cookie but these cookies look absolutely delicious! I bet the flavors just explode in your mouth. Yum!

  33. Shannon — August 25, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    fabulous cookies! i need to get my hands on some more zucchini :)

  34. Lori — August 25, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    What a great way to use up zucchini! I am a huge fan of dried cranberries in my cookies too. Re: your comment, we should definitely chat! I did my graduate assistantship in worksite wellness, then moved on to public health via cooperative extension. That’s what I”m going back into now. I’m sure we would have lots of stories to share! I’d love to know what is going on in your area as well. The good things always seem to start on that side of the States first. :)

    • twopeas replied: — August 25th, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

      Congrats on the new job! We really need to get together to chat about wellness. I wish we lived closer:) Let me know how the new job goes!

  35. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — August 25, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    Oh man these look GOOD! I don’ t have any zucchini this year! The ones I planted were seeds leftover from last year and none sprouted. My neighbor’s zucchini hasn’t done as well so he hasn’t had extra. I guess I will have to go buy some so I can make these.

  36. Cookin' Canuck — August 25, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    We have no shortage of zucchini from our garden this year and I am always looking for new ways to use it. I love that there is so little butter in this recipe.

  37. Robyn — August 26, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    Oh my these look yummy! I’m definitely going to have to make these – and soon!

  38. Dana — August 26, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    My friend is out of town for a week and she has the most amazing garden. I know she is expecting me to pick from it and I also know she has tons of zucchini. What a great way to use it!

  39. jaclyn@todayslady — August 26, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    These look absolutely delicious! I bet they taste soooo good, and they look pretty with the chocolate chips and cranberries!!

    I dont think I’ve ever eaten a frozen cookie before. I’ll have to try it!

  40. Mary — August 26, 2010 @ 9:20 am


    These look and sound DIVINE! YUM!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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