July 22, 2011

Zucchini Cake Sandwich Cookies

One of my favorite cookies are my carrot cake cookies.  They are a delicious carrot cake cookie sandwiched with cream cheese frosting.  I always get rave reviews when I make them.  I thought, why not make my favorite carrot cake cookies with zucchini instead of carrots?  Carrots and Zucchini both taste great with the same spices . . . cinnamon and nutmeg.  I anxiously waited until my Mom's garden had some fresh zucchini.  Well, she showed up at work the other day with two good-sized zucchini for me.  

I finally got to try these cookies.  They turned out DELICIOUS!!!  The cookie is so soft yet somewhat chewy from the oats with amazing flavor.  I love them cold, straight from the fridge and I savor each and every bite, because they are that good.  They taste amazing for days.  This is the PERFECT RECIPE to use up some of that overabundance of zucchini you will have this year.  If you don't feel like making cream cheese frosting, the cookies taste great on their own.  You could always add some chocolate chips to them. 
  
Zucchini Cake Sandwich Cookies
from: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe)

1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 c. butter-flavored shortening
1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. + 2 Tbl. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract   
1 c. oats
1 c. grated zucchini
cream cheese frosting


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.  Cream together the shortening and both sugars until very light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  Add the oats and grated zucchini and mix very well.  Dough will be pretty sticky.  Drop dough onto lightly greased baking sheet, using a scant one tablespoon (at the most), leaving 2-inches between cookies.  It will look like a small amount of batter, but they spread during baking.  These cookies work better the smaller they are, because they are so soft.  Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely.  Yield:  about 36 cookies or 18 sandwiches.  Spread cream cheese frosting on the flat side of one cookie and top with the flat side of another cookie.  Store in the refrigerator.  I like them best when they are chilled!


Cream Cheese Frosting
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
1 cube (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 stick (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 - 3 c. powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract
milk, only if needed


Beat softened butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the salt and vanilla and mix well.  If frosting is too stiff, add a little milk until reaches desired consistency.  

32 comments:

  1. That has to be the best recipe for zucchini that I've ever seen. I've recently made carrot cake cookies like this but would have never thought to use zucchini. That's awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  2. These look fabulous! I have been looking for ways to use up zucchini since our garden is being taken over by it.
    The secret recipe club is really fun, you should join in!...and that cake is amazing. I've made the icing with butter and it's good too. It just doesn't work out in summer. Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm off to explore yours.

    ReplyDelete
  3. HI- your Newest Follower from the Social Hop - nice to meet you!

    Mmm - those look delish - and does the zucchini mean no calories, too?!
    ;o) - that's the kind of cookie I need!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Saturday ----
    Linda
    beachside cottage

    ReplyDelete
  4. These caught my eye earlier in the week. They look divine. I love any cookie that has a thick, creamy filling. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    ReplyDelete
  5. oh, thank you! we are tired of all the ways i know of to use zucchini, and my boys love cookies! i am going to try this today, thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Are you kidding me?? I love zucchini bread. Zucchini cake? And then with that cream cheese layer? Love. I'll have to go steal some of my mom's zucchini.
    I'd love for you to link this up at my party!

    "Life's a Picnic!" party!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Mmmmmm! Looks SO yummy and I happen to have a boatload of zucchini so I'm going to try this over the weekend :) Thanks for the recipe! xo

    ReplyDelete
  8. This looks like a great weekend BBQ dessert! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Yumm - these look so good! I love zucchini bread, so I am sure I would love these! Thanks for linking up at Saturday Social!

    xoxo

    Jenn

    ReplyDelete
  10. MMM. gonna have to try these...nice way to trick the kids into eating veggies.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Right - that's it, I've bookmarked this page and I'm going to make these while everyone is out tomorrow and not tell them they're made of zucchini! (nobody else in my family likes them - or so they say!) I'm sure they'll like these though!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  12. I just made some cookies something like this tonight -- I didn't do a filling though as they were sweet enough without it. Yous look YUMMY!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am going to share this with my daughter in law.
    I am sure she would love to make these. Thanks for the recipe.
    New follower from Sweets for Saturday.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm here from the Tuesday Time Out Link Party, these cookies look fab I will be pinning the recipe. Thanks! - Jess (at) OlyMomma

    ReplyDelete
  15. These Look really tasty, I will have to try these.

    ReplyDelete
  16. These do look fabulous! I'm really excited to try them! :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. This recipe looks really good! It would be great if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared some of your recipes.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

    ReplyDelete
  18. These look delicious! And it's perfect timing - I've got 4 zucchinis from our garden sitting on the counter!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi Jenn!
    My mouth is watering! These cookies look so crazy good! Thanks so much for sharing it at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I totally made carrot cake sandwich cookies a few weeks ago. Wish I'd made them with zucchini though! That is a brilliant idea. My garden is overflowing with zucchini and I am scrambling to use it.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hmm.. This looks so delicious!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional! You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/08/favorites-from-last-weeks-tuesday.html
    ~Macy

    ReplyDelete
  23. I recently discovered your great blog through several blog friends, and I'd like to invite you to participate in my Monday and Thursday recipe linky parties. :-)

    These look awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thank You So MUCH for joining me last week for Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

    ReplyDelete
  25. annnd, now i need to buy some zucchini. excellent! lovely veggie season right now... thanks for posting, as always i love your blog :)
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love zucchini recipes! This one looks super tasty :D I might try it with ice cream in the middle...
    -Karen

    ReplyDelete
  27. You're a List Maker! Stop by and grab a button when you get a chance!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. New follower here. I saw you at Joyful Baker, she linked to you. I pinned this, too! I love zucchini cake.

    ReplyDelete
  29. These look amazing! Carrot cake is my husband's favorite cake, so I'll have to surprise him with these cookies sometime.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let me know what he thinks if you end up trying them! - Jenn

      Delete

LinkWithin