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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The cold spell in New York -- temperatures have dropped to 75 degrees! -- means just one thing in the CakeBakes household: Time to crank up the oven and bake an intriguing seasonal treat. The "recipe" for zucchini cookies -- just a list of ingredients -- was written in pencil on a recipe card in my collection.
Zucchini cookies are, as my colleague Ellen said, what happens when an oatmeal raisin cookie and zucchini bread have a baby. And that is the perfect description of these unusual treats.
In June, zucchini is still eagerly snapped up at farmer's markets, destined for the saute pan or grill or, in my case, oven. By August, it's become a bore and worse. Barbara Kingsolver in Animal Vegetable Miracle wrote that large garden zucchini are so feared that at summer's end, people will not leave cars or homes unlocked for fear that neighbors -- overburdened with the bountiful crop and unable to toss the vegetable -- will leave them on the front seat or inside the front door.
This is an easy recipe, albeit a bit time consuming. To make short work of it, I'd suggest grating the zucchini in a food processor. One large zucchini will yield about one cup grated. (Above are a new striped variety I purchased at the farmer's market, but did not use in the cookies. Instead I grated the one on the left.)
You can simply place all the dry ingredients in one large bowl, and then mix well with a fork to combine.
I love the colors and variety of the "add ins" for this recipe.
I brought these to work and left them with a note: Guess what kind of cookies these are. One person guessed pistachio, letting his normally excellent palate be swayed by the green flecks. Only one colleague guessed correctly. So, for you moms out there who want to get your children to eat more vegetables, this might be an easy way to go. And you don't even have to buy Deceptively Delicious or the The Sneaky Chef -- this one is on a CakeBakes gratis.
Because there was no technique on the recipe card (below), I just used my common sense and invented one.
3/4 c. margarine (I used butter)
1 c. sugar
1 c. grated zucchini
1 1/2 c. flour
2 c. rolled oats
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. nuts
1 c. raisins
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in bowl. Set aside.
Beat margarine (or butter) and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg.
Mix in dry ingredients.
Add raisins, nuts and zucchini and combine well.
Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, place dough in small mounds on baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake until done, about 15 minutes.
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I was actually hoping to be one of those people looking to unload late season zucchini, but unfortunately our plants ended up with borers that keep chewing off the blossoms. We're going to get one zucchini that managed to survive and it's going to be used for these cookies! (Sans raisins, of course.)ReplyDelete
How frustrating to plant vegetables and then have them attacked! Tug's Girl, if you're going to leave out the raisins, perhaps consider increasing the sugar or adding something else for sweetness as the cookies (even with the raisins) are not very sweet.Delete
Thanks for the heads up on that! Usually I substitute craisins for raisins, although chocolate chips sound pretty good, too. I may tried dried pear. I have a handful of slices left that need to be used, and they're quite sweet.Delete
Craisins would be perfect (wish I'd thought of them, not being a raisin fan either), and I think the pear would be an unusual and delicious addition.Delete
What about adding chocolate chips instead of raisins? Would that help with the sweetness?ReplyDelete
Chocolate chips would be divine. These would really taste like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (with tiny green flecks), not that there's anything wrong with that!Delete
I use chocolate chips & raisins in mine.... YummyDelete
The unloading of zucchini in cars and houses is a funny image. These cookies are a welcome change to the bread, and with oats they are a bit healthy... We´re having a 72º day today and it´s the middle of winter! The climate has definitely changedReplyDelete
Yes, Paula, it's an embarrassment of "riches," I suppose, but one that I don't encounter much, living in Brooklyn. Hope you are enjoying your spring winter weather. Even though I hate the cold, I do fear for the future with all this wacky weather.Delete