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?

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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.

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

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

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Mix this up well.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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… 🙂

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Here’s the full recipe:

**Note: adapted from Back for Seconds

Zucchini Monster Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 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.

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This is cookie perfection, folks.

Have a splendid week!

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Five Ingredient Beer Bread

Hello, everyone! I hope your weekend treated you well, and your Monday was decent, too. 🙂 I’m back to the daily grind after enjoying a day off and some bonding time with my mom, sister, and nephew!

This weekend, the smell of a pot roast cooking in the slow cooker all day encouraged me to make a favorite quick and easy recipe to serve alongside the roast: five-ingredient beer bread! This recipe could not be any be more simple, and I guarantee you already have most of the ingredients on hand. Well, except maybe the beer. I have to tell you, I was probably most excited about turning 21 and being able to buy alcohol to cook with: vodka sauce and pasta, anyone?

Anyways, let’s get down to the good stuff. I skipped the whole taking pictures through the whole process, as I figured this recipe is pretty self-explanatory.

All you need to do is mix up flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and a 12 oz. can of beer – voila, your batter is ready! Top with melted better (if desired; it makes the top of the bread crispy and delicious) and bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes. Enjoy warm, or also good reheated! You can even cut a slice to put in the toaster – yumm.image

Here’s the full recipe:

Five Ingredient Beer Bread

  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 T. baking powder
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 12 oz. can beer

Combine dry ingredients, then add in can of beer. Mix well, and pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. Top with 2 T. melted butter, if desired, and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.

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So easy, quick, and delicious! Try it out – I promise you won’t regret it.

Have a great rest of your week!

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