Wrinkled Zucchini Rescue!
Bough too many zucchini and forgot about them? Just because they are wrinkled
doesn’t mean you can't still turn them into something new! Like these…
Photography by Megan Vincent
Oatmeal, Chocolate, and Pumpkin Seed Zucchini Cookies
These cookies are an all-round winner, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and have enough oats that you can also call them breakfast. The best way to use up any kind of zucchini (yellow, green, or even pattypan) that’s a little wrinkly or past its prime.
Makes: about 24 cookies, depending on size
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Chill Time for Dough: at least 30 minutes
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 2 regular sized)
2 cups large flake or old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup AP flour or flour of choice
1 tsp baking powder
Good pinch sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 egg at room temperature
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Substitutions: pumpkin seeds for hemp or sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds for chopped or whole nuts
After grating zucchini, place in a colander over the bowl and gently squeeze to drain any excess water. Let sit and drain while preparing the dough.
In a large bowl, whisk the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and mix until combined, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and continue to mix until combined.
In 2 additions, add in the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl in between additions.
On low speed, fold zucchini into the dough until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds as well.
Cover dough and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days. If chilling for longer than a few hours, allow sitting at room temperature for at about 20 minutes before scooping and baking.
While the dough is chilling, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and line baking sheets.
Scoop dough in heaping Tbsps for each cookie, and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until lightly browned. For crispier edges, bake for 15 minutes. These cookies will not flatten too much, so if you want flatter cookies, press balls of dough down with fingers before baking.
Remove from the oven to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week. Freezer friendly.