Sunday, August 31, 2014

Naughty or Nice Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies

This time of year many folks are being overrun with zucchini. Whether it be from their own garden or from some anonymous person leaving a bag of it on their front porch. Come on, you know who you are.... I'm just saying, friends don't leave friends zucchini on the porch! Nor do you slip it into people's cars because they were dumb enough to leave it unlocked during the height of zucchini harvesting.

If you do find yourself hip deep in the green things, I have another way for you to use them up! Naught or Nice Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies! Why are they naughty or nice? Because if you don't add the frosting to them, they are yummy and pretty good for you. If you do add the frosting, they will be sweeter and may add a few pounds to those hips that are surrounded by zucchini. Either way you go, these things are good!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 cup grated zucchini
2 cups quick oats

Begin by adding the flour, sugar, soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Make sure it is all blended together before adding in the butter and egg. Now I freeze my zucchini (so I have some for the winter months) and I use the liquid in the bag too. If you use frozen zucchini do not toss out the liquid, or your cookies may come out too dry. These cookies should have a cake like sponginess to them. Last add in your quick oats and mix it all up.


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and start dropping your dough by the spoonful onto a GREASED cookie sheet. The cookies will bake for around 10 minutes. This recipe makes around 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size you make them.


Now you could stop here..... trust me, these are delisious as they are. But if you really want to kick it to the next level (and make your children bounce off the walls) add a little homemade frosting to them.

Frosting
3 tablespoons of softened butter
1 table spoon of milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar (may need just a tad more to make the thickness to your liking)

This should give you just enough frosting to give each cookie a dab of love! And like I said before, Naughty or Nice, these oatmeal zucchini cookies will make your taste buds love you! Your children will cheer. Heck, your loved ones might even kneel down and sing your praises!


46 comments:

  1. These look great! I'll be pinning this recipe to try next year. Sadly, though I froze tons of zucchini in pre-portioned sizes, I have none left from this season. Not to whine or anything, but it was due to a freak accident that involved someone not shutting the outside freezer door properly during the month of July in S. Ga. *sigh*
    Thanks for sharing your recipe at Tuesdays With a Twist so I could find it. I'd love for you to share this with us at our link up (Coffee & Conversation) that starts fresh each Wednesday! I know our readers would appreciate it as well. :)
    Blessings,
    ~Candy

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    1. They are so yummy. I can't wait for you to try them!

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  2. These look so good, I would love one right now!!! Stopping by from Teach Me Tuesday. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  3. Oooh, those look good. Now I want some cookies.. Thanks for joining us this week at the #yuckstopshere kink up. Come join us again next week.

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    1. They are awesome. My country kids were bummed when we ran out LOL

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  4. ooooooooooooo Really? Zucchini? Woo Hoo I think I*'ll make these instead of bread... hmmm maybe I'll make both! hehehe I have a veggie garden, and all I grew was zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes both yellow and red. mmmm I'm going to pin this one for sure. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. The are awesome! Go make a bunch.... you can use them for breakfast *wink* Oatmeal and all LOL

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  5. Stopping by from the Jenny Evolution blog! Great idea! Cannot wait to try these :)

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  6. Another great thing I can do with my zucchini!

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    1. And we all know, this time of year, we need more things we can do with zucchini! LOL

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  7. Where are these zucchini sharing people!? They must not live in New Mexico, because in order for me to get any zucchini I have to beg (and I do mean beg) for some from my mom's garden - it's been a meager harvest this year. These look yummy, and the next time I have a boulster crop year of zucchini they'll deffinately be on my "must make" list! Thanks for joining us as always on TYSH recipe link party! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! HUGS

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    1. Haa haa Cheryl, you need to move north to find the zucchini sharing people. Some years it just magically appears in so many weird places because people are over run with it!

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  8. Thanks Mindie!

    I have printed out the recipe.

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  9. I am adding this recipe to my collection because it seems so delicious and easy. My mother used to freeze her garden zucchini is pre-measured freezer bags, labeled for zucchini bread or chocolate zucchini. So good! Nannette.

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  10. I have never heard of zucchini cookies but they look amazing! Can't wait to try them. Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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    1. Trust me, they are sooo good and a great way to get veggies in the kids without them knowing LOL

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  11. I think I'll go the naughty route :) Pinning!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week! You are very much appreciated! Hope to see you again tonight!

    http://3glol.net/2014/09/08/teach-tuesday-20/

    Have a great week!!

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    1. LOL Nothing wrong with being naughty in the kitchen!

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  12. I am going to try these!! What a great way to "sneak" in some veggies into my kids. :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." Can't wait to see what you'll share this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/09/try-new-recipe-tuesday-99.html

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    1. My boys love baked good with zucchini in them... actually beg for em! And they know the zucchini is in em. I know, they are normal! LOL

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  13. Look wonderful but I would have to add nuts...walnuts or pecans? Cookies are always better with nuts! :-)

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    1. By all means.... go crazy and add some nuts!

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  14. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

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  15. Definitely zucchini season - LOL. This week I made a zucchini quick bread and a zucchini chocolate cake. I would like to try these next. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My kids love them.... great way to sneak in some nutrition *wink*

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  16. I've seen so many baking recipes with zuchinni lately and this one looks healthy and delicious. Good way to get veggies into everyone. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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    1. It can be nice or naughty... I prefer mine naughty! LOL

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  17. A great recipe to pin! Thanks!

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  18. I'm always looking for creative ways to use my garden harvest! I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you're interested.

    Jennifer

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  19. So yummy! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  20. Always looking for great ways to use the zucchini I grow! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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  21. Oooo, these look so good! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! They are pretty darn good LOL

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  22. I'm liking how you've got naughty and nice! With oatmeal and zucchini, they're practically health food, right? ;) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to checking out your recipe this week. :)

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    1. Total health food... well till you dump the frosting on LOL

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