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ZUCCHINI COOKIES – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

ZUCCHINI COOKIES - Butter with a Side of Bread


Zucchini Cookies are zucchini bread in cookie form! Soft, perfectly sweet and lower in fat, these easy-to-make zucchini cookies taste incredible!

Low fat, low sugar Zucchini cookies with chocolate chipsZucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies are for those of you who are still holding fast to your New Years Resolution of eating healthier, but aren’t quite ready to give up cookies. WAY TO GO! This one’s for you! These delicious little treats are healthy and your kids will love them too.

How to Make Zucchini Cookies

For making these cookies you’ll need about 1 cup of grated zucchini, this is usually about 1 medium sized. You can squeeze out the excess water from the zucchini with a paper towel if you fear that it’s too wet to make the cookie dough come together.

Another great tip is to let the cookies cool completely before you eat them, this masks most (if not all) of the zucchini flavor. A great way to enjoy a chocolate chip cookie without feeling guilty!

Low fat, low sugar Zucchini cookies with chocolate chipsWhat makes these zucchini cookies healthier?

We reduced the fat content by swapping out cooking oil for applesauce. The applesauce is a healthy baking alternative that works great with these cookies and the texture hides completely once baked! You can also use whole wheat flour if you’d like, as well as adding in 1 TBSP ground flax.

What kind of chocolate chips should I use?

I personally recommend using semi sweet or dark chocolate chips because I love the flavor. Not only that but the zucchini will taste great paired with darker chocolates! Yum!

Low fat, low sugar Zucchini cookies with chocolate chipsZucchini Cookies Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

-sugar: I use granulated sugar but you can swap in a low-cal baking sweetener if you’d like!

-butter (room temperature): I’m a big fan of butter, obviously. I use salted butter in baking.

-applesauce: used in place of oil

-1 egg

-baking soda & salt

how to make Low fat, low sugar Zucchini cookies with chocolate chips-ground cloves & cinnamon: for added flavor!

-oats: I use old fashioned oats, but you can use quick cook oats if that’s all you have on hand.

-flour: for an added healthy boost, sub in half whole wheat flour!

-zucchini: depending on the size of your zucchini squash, you’ll get about 2 cups per squash

-chocolate chips: I use dark chocolate or semi sweet

Low fat, low sugar Zucchini cookies with chocolate chipsHow to Make Zucchini Cookies

Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, butter, applesauce, and egg.

Then add in the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, oats, and flour).

Once they are combined, fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.

Scoop the cookie dough out onto a greased cookie sheet or a baking mat. Space them about 2 -3 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

When baked, allow them to cool for a couple of minutes on the tray and then place them on a cooling rack to complete cooling. Makes approx. 4 dozen.

ZUCCHINI COOKIES

Zucchini Cookies are zucchini bread in cookie form! Soft, perfectly sweet and lower in fat, these easy-to-make zucchini cookies taste incredible!

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Course: Cookies, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Zucchini Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 48

Calories: 71kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Cream together the sugar, butter, applesauce and egg.  Then add the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, oats and flour). When they are combined add the zucchini and chocolate chips.

  • Spoon cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet or baking mat. Space about 2 -3 inches apart.

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. When baked, allow to cool for a couple minutes on the tray and then place them on a cookie sheet to complete cooling. Eat when they are completely cool (you won’t taste the zucchini when it’s completely cooled). Makes approx. 4 dozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Low fat, low sugar Zucchini cookies with chocolate chips

Do you have to refrigerate zucchini cookies?

No need to refrigerate! Simply keep these tasty treats in an airtight container on the counter and you’ll be good. They can last up to a week this way and still be fine.

Can you freeze zucchini cookies?

With this cookie recipe making so many cookies it’s a good idea to consider freezing some for later. To do this, just keep them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place them on the counter for a few hours to thaw before eating.

Low fat, low sugar Zucchini cookies with chocolate chipsWhat kind of oats do you use for cookies?

Old fashioned rolled oats are great in cookies because they hold up to the baking and moisture and result in a chewy texture. You can use the other oats if you have them on hand, but you will often see old fashioned oats as the most requested type to use for cookies.

Still have tons of zucchini? Here are more recipes we love: 

Zucchini Cookies are zucchini bread in cookie form! Soft, perfectly sweet and lower in fat & sugar, these easy-to-make zucchini cookies taste incredible!

Zucchini Cookies are zucchini bread in cookie form! Soft, perfectly sweet and lower in fat & sugar, these easy-to-make zucchini cookies taste incredible!

 

SUPER SOFT SUGAR COOKIES – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

SUPER SOFT SUGAR COOKIES - Butter with a Side of Bread


Super Soft Sugar Cookies made with butter, sugar, flour & sour cream for great flavor and soft texture! Softest sugar cookies you’ve ever had- & they decorate beautifully! Save this recipe!

Super Soft Sugar Cookies made with butter, sugar, flour & sour cream for great flavor and soft texture! Softest sugar cookies you've ever had- & they decorate beautifully! Save this recipe! Soft sugar cookies are one of the greatest things about holiday baking. Of course, you don’t need a holiday or reason to break out the best cut out sugar cookie recipe in the world (and that’s exactly what this is!)

Making soft sugar cookies with sour cream is the trick to making the perfect sugar cookie recipe. You don’t taste the sour cream at all and the texture and softness of the sugar cookies speak for themselves. They’re so good and even better with sugar cookie icing. I mean, who doesn’t love soft sugar cookies with icing?

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

I’m going to make a confession right now and admit that I’m a little bit obsessive about cookies.  Not necessarily because I really love eating them (I’m actually more of a dough fanatic), but because I am constantly on a quest to find the absolute best cookie recipes.  I’ve spent years trying many different sugar cookie recipes and although they are all similar and pretty yummy, I do believe this recipe is the best one I have found yet! It produces thick, soft cookies, which is an absolute must for me!

Best Soft Sugar Cookies recipeHow do you keep sugar cookies soft?

There are many different tips and tricks out there for soft cookies, but not all of them work. With these cookies, the sour cream in the dough really helps. Another big thing is to make sure that you don’t roll out your cookie dough too thin or else it would turn into a cracker and lose its softness after its baked. After they’ve finished baking, make sure to let them cool completely and keep stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag to keep them fresh and soft for as long as possible.

How long will decorated sugar cookies last?

If you keep your decorated sugar cookies properly stored, you can expect them to last up to a week at room temperature and be just fine.

Best Soft Sugar Cookies recipeSuper Soft Sugar Cookies Ingredients

-granulated sugar

-softened butter: I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted if you prefer. No margarine!

-1 egg

-vanilla extract: I suggest using a good quality vanilla extract or a Vanilla Bean Paste. I linked my favorites!

-sour cream: adds to the soft texture of the cookies. You can use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt instead.

-salt & baking soda: leavening agent and flavor! I always add a bit of salt to all my cookies- it doesn’t take much to make a difference!

-flour: you can use all purpose flour, bread flour, or even pastry flour in this recipe

How to make really soft sugar cookiesSugar Cookie Frosting Ingredients

-butter: Again, I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted if you prefer. No margarine!

-powdered sugar

-milk: you can use almond milk, coconut milk or cashew milk in place of cow’s milk

-vanilla: soo note above about what vanilla I use. I’m a huge proponent of good, high quality vanilla! The brand I love isn’t crazy expensive either.

how to make really soft sugar cookiesHow to Make Super Soft Sugar Cookies

In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Add in the egg and the vanilla and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour and sour cream to butter mixture, beat until smooth.

Cover the bowl and chill the dough for several hours.

Roll it out and then and cut with shaped cookie cutters.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Make sure not to over-bake your cookies.  They may not even look totally done on the tops, but if the bottoms start to brown, I take mine out and they are perfect!

After the cookies are cooled, decorate them however you want!  This frosting recipe is very basic, yet it is one of my favorites!

Best Soft Sugar Cookies recipeHow to Make Sugar Cookie Frosting

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth.  Beat in the remaining ingredients until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Add in additional milk a little at a time if a thinner consistency is desired.  (I had a little bit of half and half in the fridge that I needed to use up, so I used that instead of milk- I figured a few more calories wouldn’t matter much at this point)!

how to frost soft sugar cookies

Best Soft Sugar Cookies recipe

Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

Super Soft Sugar Cookies made with butter, sugar, flour & sour cream for great flavor and soft texture! Softest sugar cookies you’ve ever had- & they decorate beautifully! Save this recipe!

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Course: Cookies, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Soft Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 36

Calories: 152kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour

Sugar Cookie Frosting

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Cream together sugar and butter.  Add egg and vanilla.

  • In separate bowl, combine sour cream, salt and baking soda.

  • Add flour and sour cream to butter mixture, beat until smooth.  Chill dough for several hours.

  • Roll and cut with shaped cutters.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Make sure not to overbake your cookies.

  • After the cookies are cooled, decorate them however you want!

How to Make Cookie Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until it’s smooth.

  • Beat in the other ingredients until smooth, about 2 minutes.

  • Add in any additional milk if a thinner consistency is needed. Spread frosting on cookies using a knife, then top with sprinkles. Frosting can also be piped onto cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Best Soft Sugar Cookies recipe

How do you store frosted sugar cookies?

Let your frosted sugar cookies sit out for an hour or two to help the frosting solidify. Place them in an airtight container and then lay a cut piece of parchment paper over the top before laying more cookies on top. They can last this way up to a week.

Can you freeze sugar cookies and decorate later?

Absolutely! Freezing unfrosted cookies is very easy. After letting them cool completely, you can freeze them flat on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes (or an hour) and then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container. They can last in the freezer this way for up to 6months. Thaw and frost.

Super Soft Sugar Cookies Butter With A Side of Bread

Thanksgiving Sugar cookies

I made this recipe into super cute turkeys for Thanksgiving and everyone went crazy!  I used Wilton cake decorating colors to tint my frosting.  I used mini M&Ms for the eyes and then I dipped a toothpick in some blue gel icing that I had to make the eyeballs!

Best Soft Sugar Cookies recipeIf you love sugar cookie recipes then you’re going to love these other cookie recipes

Super Soft Sugar Cookies made with butter, sugar, flour & sour cream for great flavor and soft texture! Softest sugar cookies you've ever had- & they decorate beautifully! Save this recipe! 

These super soft sugar cookies are delicious and once you try them you’ll agree. With the added sugar cookie icing on top, these cookies are irresistibly good. Super Soft Sugar Cookies made with butter, sugar, flour & sour cream for great flavor and soft texture! Softest sugar cookies you’ve ever had- & they decorate beautifully! Save this recipe!

BLACKBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

BLACKBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES - Butter with a Side of Bread


Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are delicious! Adding fresh blackberries to a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe takes these cookies to the next level!

 

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies have become a new favorite of mine! I live in western Washington State where blackberries grow all over the place. In mid to late summer, you can stop your car pretty much anywhere and find blackberries growing right next to the road. They are also usually on sale at the grocery stores around here so we go through a lot of blackberries at my house!

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are delicious! Adding fresh blackberries to a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe takes these cookies to the next level!

My kids absolutely love blackberries plain, but I like finding different ways to use them in recipes. Last year, I “invented” Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies and they were so good that I wanted to try something similar with blackberries.

Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with fresh blackberries

I thought that blackberries would go perfectly in a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie and to add some more texture and flavor, I added white chocolate chips too! These cookies are sweet enough to balance out the tartness of the blackberries and these cookies were even better than I had hoped!

Ingredients in oatmeal cookie recipe with blackberries

Ingredients in Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour + 2 TBSP flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup blackberries, quartered (if your blackberries are huge, you might cut them into sixths or even eighths!)

Adding fresh blackberries to cookie recipe

How to make Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  2. Combine the 1 1/4 cup of flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and add to the creamed mixture, mixing just enough to combine. Gently mix in the oats and white chocolate chips.
  3. Place the remaining 2 TBSP flour in a small bowl and gently coat the blackberry pieces until evenly coated. (The flour helps to keep all of your batter from turning purple when you add the blackberries! If you really want to avoid any batter turning purple, you could place the blackberries in the freezer for 30 minutes before coating in flour. I didn’t do that step this time around and it still worked fine!) Very gently fold the blackberries into the cookie dough, just enough to separate them evenly into the mixture.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to drop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-13 minutes at 325°.
  5. Cool on the baking sheet for about 5-7 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTES: If you want the cookies to be more purple, you can skip the beginning of step 3 and just add the blackberries straight to the cookie dough.

Also, if your cookies spread too much, you may need to add some more flour to the dough or you can even chill the dough for about an hour before scooping the cookies – that will help to avoid flat cookies as well. When I make cookies, I usually do a quick test batch of 2-3 cookies to make sure they are spreading the way that I want them too before baking all of them!

Scooping blackberry oatmeal cookies

BLACKBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are delicious! Adding fresh blackberries to a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe takes these cookies to the next level!

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Course: Cookies

Cuisine: American

Keyword: blackberry oatmeal cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Servings: 36 cookies

Author: Butter With a Side of Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour + 2 TBSP flour divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup blackberries quartered (if your blackberries are huge, you might cut them into sixths or even eighths!)

Instructions

  • Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

  • Combine the 1 1/4 cup of flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and then add to the creamed mixture, mixing just enough to combine.

  • Gently mix in the oats and white chocolate chips.

  • Place the remaining 2 TBSP flour in a small bowl and gently coat the blackberry pieces until evenly coated. (The flour helps to keep all of your batter from turning purple when you add the blackberries! If you really want to avoid any batter turning purple, you could place the blackberries in the freezer for 30 minutes before coating in flour. I didn’t do that step this time around and it still worked fine!) Very gently fold the blackberries into the cookie dough, just enough to separate them evenly into the mixture.

  • Use a cookie scoop to drop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-13 minutes at 325. Cool on the baking sheet for about 5-7 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are delicious! Adding fresh blackberries to a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe takes these cookies to the next level!

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OATMEAL COOKIES:

After trying out multiple oatmeal cookie recipes over many years, I have picked up several important tips for making the absolute BEST Oatmeal Cookies!

  • Make sure that you have enough flour in the dough. If the dough is too sticky, you may need to add a little bit of flour.
  • Spend a little extra time when you mix the butter and sugars. Creaming them together for 2-3 minutes will improve the consistency of your cookies.
  • Preheat the oven. This will help your cookies turn out right every time!
  • Use a cookie scoop! If you want all your cookies to be perfectly shaped and have them all be the same size, a cookie scoop is the way to go.
  • Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Doing this will make it really easy to remove the cookies from your cookie sheet so that you don’t have to scrape them off the pan – they will just slide right off in perfect shape!
  • Don’t over bake the cookies – when I take mine out of the oven, they still look slightly under baked but they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet for a couple more minutes so that’s ok!

Oatmeal cookies with fresh blackberries and white chocolate chips

WHAT KIND OF OATS ARE BEST IN OATMEAL COOKIES?

You can use quick oats or old-fashioned oats in your cookies- it really comes down to a personal preference. I really love using quick oats in this recipe, but it’s totally up to you and what type of oats you have in your pantry! If you use all quick oats, the cookies will end up being a little bit more dense and a little bit puffier. Old-fashioned oats will make the cookies a little bit chewier. You can even use a combination of both types if you’d like!

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are delicious! Adding fresh blackberries to a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe takes these cookies to the next level!

Here are some of our other favorite fruity cookie recipes!

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are delicious! Adding fresh blackberries to a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe takes these cookies to the next level!

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are delicious! Adding fresh blackberries to a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie recipe takes these cookies to the next level!

Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are absolutely amazing! The cookies are soft and chewy and the fresh blackberries add the most delicious flavor!
Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies are absolutely amazing! The cookies are soft and chewy and the fresh blackberries add the most delicious flavor!

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