Saturday, December 13, 2008

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.

* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 cup shredded peeled zucchini
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1 cup chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Stir in zucchini; set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cloves. Add to zucchini mixture; stir until thoroughly combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375̊ for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cookies are cake-like. Yield: 3 dozen. If Cooking for Two: Freeze cookies in airtight containers and thaw as needed.