Newsflash * Raisins are not substitutes for chocolate chips!!


Hi there, friends.
By now, everyone has buckets and buckets of garden zucchini.
You know the old saying.." never leave your car unlocked in the summer, while at church".
Around here, the same could be said for leaving your car unlocked at the store, bank, or post office.
It's not that it isn't safe to leave your car unlocked in the summer time, it's just that you may get a few bags of zucchini deposited on your front seat~!

Anyway..... I've frozen zucchini, I've cooked with zucchini, and I've baked with zucchini.
This recipe has been a new favorite of mine, this summer.
The image is from the site, as our cookies didn't last long enough to snap any pictures of them.

The other day, when I mixed up a batch of these cookies, I found that I only had a cup of so of chocolate chips left.
Being the genius I am, I decided to mix in a cup or so of raisins.
I told our daughter about running out of chocolate chips and the reason that I mixed in raisins too.
She proclaimed , " Raisins are not substitutes for chocolate chips!" " Just call Martha and ask her!"

Duly noted.

     ~ Chocolate Oat Zucchini Cookies `
Zucchini-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Yield: About 2 dozen
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (from about 1 - 1 1/2 medium)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Add zucchini and with mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour mixture. Stir in oats, walnuts and chocolate chips (I reserved 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips to press into the tops of dough balls before baking, just for looks which is totally optional).
  • Shape dough into balls, 2 Tbsp each, then transfer to a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 14 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: adapted with slight changes from Nestle


  1. I agree! But they look yummy! :)

  2. Sounds like you have a bumper crop of zucchini! The cookies sound delicious. Wishing you a lovely day, Kerin.

  3. That is so cute!! I think those cookies look wonderful with the green flakes mixed in. I think I would like the raisins.
    I purposely didn't plant zucchini, just for that reason. :)
    Cute post.

  4. Your daughter is one smart cookie. : )
    The cookies look delicious.

  5. So true, but I'm a raisin fan, too. My mother's signature chocolate chip cookie included white raisins soaked in rum. I know that wouldn't work for you, but they were really delicious and much moister than the usual raisins in cookies.

  6. Pretty funny post title. I agree.
    But they look good though.

    M :)

  7. Oh yum! I bet they were delicious even with the raisins, which I agree are not substitutes for chocolate chips! Heehee

  8. Hi Kerin, it's sad but around here you don't leave your car unlocked anywhere. Nothing is ever put in only taken out!. Cookies sound good. I love a bit of raisins with my chocolate, and will give the recipe a try..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  9. LOL! spoken like a true chocolate lover. lol! Thank you so much for your understanding and encouraging words, Kerin. Big hugs and blessings ~ tanna

  10. I had to laugh when I saw the quote about raisins & chocolate chips because my grandma Ruby made cookies with raisins. I would politely eat one even though I wished they were chocolate chips.


  11. I agree . . . Raisins are not a substitute for chocolate . . . unless you are my husband . . . Not a chocolate lover . . . mega raisin cookie fan!
    I am just about "zuchinnied out" . . . you too?
    Thanks for the recipe though . . .

  12. Hi Kerin!

    I can hardly wait to try this recipe . . . and I promise I will use chocolate chips. . . ;0)

    I love that we have to lock our cars at church . . . some of us choose to leave them unlocked though . . . I love zucchini!!

    Thanks for the recipe!



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