Pack your next batch of cookies with veggies and yummy flavor with these easy Zucchini Cookies. They are low in added sugars, allergy-friendly, and just delicious. They might just be your new favorite way to use up too much zucchini!

zucchini cookies on yellow plate with kids hand.

I love adding produce to recipes to add moisture and flavor, and zucchini makes such a nice addition to these soft-baked cookies. They’ve become a favorite zucchini recipe when we have too much zucchini from the garden in the summer or when I have an extra from a trip to the store.

Combined with oats, a few pantry staples, and mini chocolate chips, these zucchini cookies are a yummy snack or dessert to share with the kids.

These cookies for kids are soft and chewy to ensure that they are easy for the kiddos to chew. They have slightly crunchy edges when just out of the oven and soften more as they cool and are stored. And you don’t need a mixer or any equipment to make them—just a bowl and a spoon!

(You may also like Zucchini Tots, Healthy Oatmeal Cookies, Baby Cookies, and Sweet Potato Teething Biscuits.)

Ingredients You Need

To make these Easy Zucchini Cookies, you’ll need to have the following ingredients on hand and ready to go.

Zucchini cookie ingredients on countertop.
  • Whole wheat flour: I like to use whole wheat flour in this recipe so it has a nutritious base, and it also works well to balance out the high moisture level in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Oatmeal: You can use quick oats or oat flour in this recipe. It gives them a little more nutrition and a texture similar to a soft oatmeal raisin cookie.
  • Grated zucchini: Classic green zucchini is the main ingredient in these zucchini cookies. The only note is that we grate it on a handheld grater or box grater and squeeze it very dry. I usually place it into a clean kitchen napkin or mesh produce bag before squeezing to make this a little easier.
  • Applesauce: Using applesauce ensures that the healthy zucchini cookies are sweet. I usually use unsweetened applesauce.
  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil or unsalted butter add richness to the cookies and help them bind together when baked.
  • Mini chocolate chips or raisins: You can add either of these for a little extra flavor and sweetness in the cookies. White chocolate chips also work.

TIP: We also add light brown sugar and cinnamon for maximum flavor and yummy taste. Look for all of the allergy substitution information in the Notes of the recipe.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making these Zucchini Cookies so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the full recipe for all of the amounts and specifics.

Zucchini being grated into white bowl for zucchini cookies.

Step 1. Grate the zucchini and squeeze it dry.

Ingredients for zucchini cookies in bowl before mixing.

Step 2. Measure out the dry ingredients and wet ingredients into a medium bowl.

Ingredients for zucchini cookies in bowl after mixing.

Step 3. Gently mix cookie dough together in a medium bowl.

Zucchini cookies on baking sheet before baking.

Step 4. Portion out on a baking sheet using a mini cookie scoop or measuring spoon.

TIP: I like to bake these cookies on parchment paper to ensure that they don’t stick and that they brown just the right amount on the bottoms. You can swap in chopped walnuts for the chocolate chips, if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you peel zucchini for baking?

You don’t need to peel the zucchini. However, if you want to limit the amount of “green” showing up in the cookie, you could peel the zucchini before grating.

Why is zucchini used in baking?

It adds a wonderful texture and moistness, and helps bulk up baked goods with a boost of nutrition, too! 

How to Store

These zucchini cookies are best eaten on the day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-5 days. Expect them to be soft.


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Easy Zucchini Cookies

Pack your next batch of cookies with veggies and yummy flavor with these easy Zucchini Cookies. They are low in added sugars, are allergy-friendly, and are just delicious.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 62kcal
Servings 24


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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place grated zucchini onto a clean towel. Spread out, roll up, and press to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl using a wooden spoon to start and then using (clean) hands to bring the batter completely together if needed.
  • Portion out tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet and press down until about 1/4-½ inch thick. Space them about an inch apart—they won’t spread, so close is okay.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheet and serve.
  • These are best eaten on the day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-5 days.



  • Gluten-free: Use a cup-for-cup style gluten-free flour blend such as the one from King Arthur Flour.
  • To make these with rolled oats: Grind them in a food processor or blender, then measure.
  • You can omit the chocolate if desired or use raisins instead. (If you omit the chocolate and don’t use raisins, they will be less sweet.)
  • Any smooth applesauce will work, store-bought or homemade.


Calories: 62kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 17IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published June 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely brilliant!
    My 3 year old loved them. I made the cookies as per the recipe. I stored some in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. They’ve defrosted really well and were enjoyed just as much out of the freezer. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Yes. I would let it thaw and pat dry if there seems to be any liquid. Then go ahead and use it

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