Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries

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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

4.72 from 7 votes



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.
  • 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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

    I love that such little butter is required 🙂

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

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

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

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

  11. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. I just came across your blog and I love it! I can’t wait to try this recipe. When I was first married 12 years ago, my mother-in-law used to bake a chocolate cake for me, which I loved. What she didn’t tell me was that it was a chocolate zucchini cake (I never ate vegetables until recently). She knew that I wouldn’t eat it if she told me that there was zucchini in it! The zucchini definitely kept it moist.

  17. These look great Maria! I just made some carrot cookies that are similar to these. I have zucchini so I have to give these a try. A fabulous idea to incorporate a veggie into a cookie! Thanks for another great recipe!

  18. I’ve baked cakes with zucchini before but this is my first time seeing it in cookies! Thanks for sharing the recipe, will give it a try soon!

  19. what beautiful pics! i love frozen cookies…if my last zucchini currently in my fridge doesn’t get used for dinner soon, i’m making these 🙂

  20. What a fun ingredient to add to cookies! Out of my 3 zucchini plants, they produced 1! It’s been a bust this year for some reason. Now I wish they had worked out after seeing this.

  21. Love these cookies! Even seems a bit healthy the addition of zucchini 🙂 Vegetables cookies! Great flavors here.

  22. Would you believe our zucchini plants actually aren’t producing this year? That’s practically unheard of! I think this year I’ve barely even eaten zucchini since we’re not overrun with it. These cookies make me wish I had some though!

  23. do these stand their own as simply zucchini cookies? or do you need something like chocolate or cranberries to make it work?

  24. My friend just dropped off a few huge zucchini and this looks like a great idea. I love that there is not as much butter! 🙂

  25. I never thought of making cookies with zucchini, this recipe sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  26. Would using frozen shredded zucchini from last summer work? When it defrosts there is quite a bit of liquid. When I make bread, I throw it all in and it works but I’m not sure with cookies if I should drain the liquid first or not. Any ideas? This recipe looks great! Thank you!

    1. Squeeze the zucchini in a paper towel before using, then you should be fine. Enjoy!

    1. I used a grater, but a food processor would work too. I did it on the medium grate. I didn’t peel the zucchini either.

  27. Just made these and they are great! And the best part is that the kids totally loved them! Has kind of a granola bar taste:)

  28. The cookies have a wonderful flavor. However, mine came out flat as a pancake. I ‘ll make again, but the next time I’ll squeeze out most of the water from the Zucchini before I add it to the mix. I had to add another 3/4 cup of flour in order for my cookies to come out like the picture.

  29. These cookies sound great! And they’re a perfect way to sneak in some extra veggies (and use up all that zucchini) too. 🙂

  30. Hello,

    Should I squeeze out all the water from the zucchini when it is grated? Also, when I measure out a cup of zucchini, is that before all the water is drained or after?


    1. I always squeeze the zucchini in paper towels. Yes, I measure after I squeeze it. Enjoy!

  31. These are my husband’s favorite cookies bar none. I have about 12 dozen in the freezer right now. He will take them in his lunch all winter!

  32. I can’t bake to save my soul but guess what? I followed the recipe to the letter (except my oven only required these to bake 14 minutes) and they turned out perfect and YUMMY! She’s a keeper. Thank you!

  33. One question. I see flecks of green in your cookies. I peeled mine before shredding. I’ve never baked with Zucchini and I don’t think the recipe said one way or another. Did I do it wrong? Ooops. And I’m not even blond. lol

  34. These are absolutely wonderful! I made a different cookie recipe last year with zucchini which had no oats, but had a lemon glaze, they were pretty good, but these blew them away! Beautiful soft chewy/cakey cookie, I didn’t have quite enough cranberries for the double batch I made, so I added a bit of coconut, which worked out well, I think I might keep that addition. Fantastic! Thank you =)

  35. I just made these today and it’s so yummy! Mind you I didn’t have the patience to let them cool. Immediate gratification was in order and boy oh boy, they delivered! Thank you! BTW, can I freeze them?

  36. Love this idea. Do you use unsweetened or sweetened cranberries? Can’t wait to try this out for my bridge group.


  37. I do not have dried cranberries at home. Could I sub more chocolate chips or do the cookies need the flavor of the cranberries?

  38. Just made these! They turned out wonderful. The kids helped; which makes them even “tastier”! Thanks for the recipe and a great afternoon. We will make them again, they are a big hit!

  39. Tonight is the 2nd time I’ve made these cookies. Great recipe! Tonight I added a couple of spoonfuls of crushed pineapple w/ the juice and they turned out amazing. So good!

  40. Just made these with dried apricot bits instead of dried cranberries–they are amazing! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  41. I made both the coconut chocolate chip and cranberry chocolate chips both are great my grandsons really love them. Can you give me some ideas for freezing them to use in lunch boxes at later date. thank you so much….

    1. Hi-glad you liked the cookies! I put them in a freezer bag and freeze! You can eat them right out of the freezer or let them come to room temperature. They are good both ways!

    2. I freeze them on a cookie sheet then use my food saver to freeze them. I bundle the in 4 per pack. Or use small freezer bags then put them in one large one for easy grab and go.

  42. I’m obviously a bit behind in discovering this… but a big thanks for sharing this recipe! I gave it a try this weekend and these are delicious!! Feel free to check out my blog post with pics of my experience. Thanks again!

  43. 5 stars
    Fantastic!!! I just finished making these and they are a huge hit. I followed the recipe to the T and I wouldn’t change a thing! My kids are in love. Thank you for this recipe!

  44. Do you use kosher salt, sea salt or table salt? I made these with 1 tsp of kosher salt, but I thought it needed more. Please advise.

    1. Table salt, but you can use kosher or sea salt. If you want a salty kick, you can add more salt to your liking. You can also sprinkle the cookies with flaky sea salt.

  45. 4 stars
    This is a great mix of flavors (I made the cranberry ones) and we all enjoyed them. Mine didn’t look nearly as pretty, they came out of the oven without rounding out at all. But flavor-wise, these are awesome and a great use for zucchini!

  46. 5 stars
    I’ve been making these cookies for years. It’s my go to when the zucchini is abundant. Can’t even count the number of times people ask me for the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  47. 4 stars
    Loving different ways to use up zucchini this season. I eliminated the white sugar but these were still a bit too sweet for my taste. I zested a lemon as an experiment and thought they were improved. I will make these again and reduce the choc chips and cranberries by half and zest 2 lemons into the mixture. Texture of cookies is nice and soft on day 2. My husband has eaten 5, so maybe they are great.