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Skinny Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oat Cookies ~ #OXOGoodCookie

Today I’m partnering with Oxo for their Bake a Difference event and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. During the entire month of September, Oxo will be donating $100 for each blog post dedicated to the campaign.

If baking cookies means making a difference…count me in!

I wanted to contribute a cookie that was not only tasty, but healthy too. Since there’s an abundance of zucchini lingering around this time of year, I decided to go with skinny chocolate chip zucchini oat cookies.

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They look like cookies, but they taste like a cross between a soft, chewy granola bar and crunchy trail mix.

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The outer layer of the cookie is made up of crunchy, caramelized oats, while the inner layer is uber moist and full of mini chocolate chips and plump golden raisins.

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These cookies are butter free. What? No buttah! I know. It’s very rare that I don’t incorporate butter into my cookie recipes, but you won’t miss it in these cookies–I promise!

The secret ingredient in these cookies is apple butter. It boosts the flavor, adds moisture, and keeps the cookies lower in calories and fat. The grated zucchini creates a moist, gooey center, and I added a dash of cinnamon for warmth.

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Would you like to join me in the Bake a Difference event and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer?

Here’s how:  For every specially marked item sold, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000* pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. (Look for specially marked OXO products at participating retailers.)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Skinny Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oat Cookies ~ #OXOGoodCookie
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24 Cookies
Ingredients
Dry:
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Wet:
  • ¼ cup apple butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, kosher salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add apple butter and brown sugar; mix until the brown sugar melts into the apple butter and the mixture becomes smooth. Whisk in the egg and vanilla. Add the grated zucchini and whisk to combine.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, slowly stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the oats, golden raisins, and chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop the dough using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop onto your prepared pan, spacing the cookies 3 inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Allow the cookies to rest on the pan for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. ***Note: I prefer to bake my cookies one pan at a time to ensure that the cookies bake evenly.

In 2013, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post. I believe that helping others is important and that Cookies for Kid’s Cancer is a great cause and wanted to show my support. All opinions are my own. 
   

21 Responses to “Skinny Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oat Cookies ~ #OXOGoodCookie”

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    shannon — September 18, 2013 at 7:36 am

    girl, we could ALL use some skinny cookies right now, amiright? ;) i know i could. I love OXO’s Good Cookie project; i’m going to use the opportunity to stock up on some new kitchen items!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — September 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Apple Butter!!!! LOVE it! Wishing I had a few of these to munch on right now!

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    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — September 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    What a great cause! I am having a hard time calling these cookies because they look so healthy and granola-y, not that that is a problem. I will still devour these since I am now at the ravenous stage of the pregnancy and am eating everything in sight!

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    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen — September 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    These look like a delicious and quick on-the-go kind of breakfast for me and my boys. YUM!

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    Susan — September 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    You lie! There is butter in here, it’s just in the form of apples! :-) I like cookies like these because I can eat as many as I like and not feel bad.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Get outta town, these have zucchini in them?! They look outrageous, Jennie! What a wonderful cause, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    The Ninja Baker — September 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Bless you, Jennie! XOs for contributing to a great cause. And providing the community with a yummy, guilt-free cookie recipe =)

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    You had me at skinny! These look so perfectly chewy and delicious!

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    Kathy — September 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    What is apple butter made of and where can I purchase some?

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    These cookies are genius! I was honored to participate in this as well. Such a great cause!

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    Terra — September 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

    How beautiful, and this lovely cookie is perfect for this important event! Love the idea of apple butter and zucchi! Yum, Hugs, Terra

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — September 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I LOOOOVE that you made healthier cookies-and they really do look SO yummy girl!!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

    These cookies are the perfect use for the gigantic zucchini sitting on my counter!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — September 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    This is a fabulous cookie for a very important cause, Jennie. I love that you made a healthier cookie (no buttah whaaaat?!) for the occasion. I’ve never baked with zucchini and it’s on my list of to-bake items.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — September 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Yummy! These look like such a great…sort of healthy…snack. :)

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    Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes — September 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I love butter-free cookies!! No butter makes for easy easy cookies! These look fantastic!

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    Laura Dembowski — September 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Yay for healthy cookies! What’s not to love about cookies that taste like granola bars and trail mix?

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Loving these cookies, Jennie! I would have never guessed they have zucchini in them!

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    • Jennie replied September 24th, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Thanks, Anna. The zucchini makes them so moist and chewy.

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