Zucchini Monster Cookies

Hello, everyone!

I apologize for being away from you for so long. Life gets crazy when you’re a senior in college – ha. But, seriously, send help. 😉

This was my first weekend of the school year, and I spent it like the typical college student: doing homework, sleeping in, canning tomatoes, and making zucchini monster cookies.

That’s what you all did in college, right?


These cookies are the bomb dot com. That’s pretty much the only way to describe them. When I came across the recipe this summer (as I had zucchini growing furiously), I couldn’t believe there was such a thing as zucchini monster cookies. But, then I made them. And my life changed. The recipe is very similar to the usual one I use, with one small change: the zucchini replaces the butter.

Yes, you heard me right. The zucchini replaces the butter. That means these cookies are health food, and don’t try to argue with me about it. A delicious serving of veggies.

Start making the cookies by grating 1 cup of zucchini. Use a paper towel to squeeze out the extra liquid.


Measure 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup brown sugar and add to the zucchini.


Add in 2 cups creamy (or crunchy, if you’re feeling adventurous) peanut butter.


Mix this up well.


Next, add in 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Combine the mixture together.



Add in 1/2 cup flour and 2 teaspoons baking soda and give it a quick stir. At this point, I usually leave the stand mixer going as I add in 4 cups of quick oats. This makes sure the oats are evenly distributed throughout the dough.


Then, comes the fun part: mix in 2 cups of chocolate chips and 1 bag of mini M&M’s.


Your dough is ready! I used a large cookie scoop to make the dough balls, but you can use whatever size you want. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time slightly.


Flatten the dough lightly, using your fingertips, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-11 minutes.


Then, let set on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes to finish cooking, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Eat and enjoy your “healthy” treat… 🙂


Here’s the full recipe:

**Note: adapted from Back for Seconds

Zucchini Monster Cookies


  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 bag mini M&M’s

Combine zucchini, sugars, and peanut butter. Add in eggs, vanilla and salt and mix well. Combine flour and baking soda with mixture. Add in 1 cup of oats at a time, stirring well in between each addition. Stir in chocolate chips and M&M’s. Scoop out into dough balls, and flatten slightly. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-11 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.


This is cookie perfection, folks.

Have a splendid week!



Cozy Hand-Knitted Blanket

When I woke up this morning to get ready for work, my phone told me it was a brisk 48 degrees outside. It’s August. In Iowa. 48 degrees. I can’t say I’m not enjoying the break from the heat, but I’m not sure I’m ready for summer to be over with either.

Everyone else has started school ’round these parts, and I still have two weeks left before I start classes as a senior in college. (I have to keep reminding myself that I’m going to be a senior – helloooo reality).

Anyway, how lucky am I to have finished my first ever hand-knitted blanket in time for this cool weather? I never knew how cozy a blanket could be until I finished this one.

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It’s a very simple pattern, but it takes a loooong time (if you have my attention span). I started it at the end of June and finished it a couple weeks ago. It’s a fun little project to have beside the couch to work on whenever you have some free time. It also would make a great gift!

I never realized how expensive making a blanket could be, though. I always wondered why store bought blankets like this one run upwards of $40-$50, but I can see why! However, me being the bargain shopper that I am, I worked to get the best deal I could.

I ended up buying Caron’s One Pound skeins of yarn, when they were on sale on JoAnn’s for $7.99. Using a 40% coupon on top of that, I got 5 pounds of yarn for around $35. Not bad! I didn’t end up using allll of the yarn for the blanket, though, but there is definitely enough to do some other little knitting projects.

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I found the pattern for my blanket on this website, and I followed it exactly:

Using circular size 11 US knitting needles, cast on 130 stitches. Slip the first two stitches, and knit 126 stitches. Purl the last 2 stitches. Continue pattern until blanket reaches desired length – about 60 inches.

You’ll knit with two strands of yarn at once throughout the entire blanket. For example, I kept the color grey constant throughout the blanket, while switching up the other colors: pink, blue, and green.

The slipping and purling creates an I-cord border, like so.

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This project was fun to create, but I have to admit, it may be a while before I take on another blanket. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful week!