Thursday, August 2, 2007

Zucchini Chip Cupcakes (From Quick Cooking Magazine)

I get a weekly email from Taste of Home magazine with a "cupcake of the week" recipe. I thought this one looked timely for those of you with bushels of zukes to use up. I have not made it yet, but I plan to if anyone gives me some surplus zucchini or I get to the farmer's market this weekend. If you do make them first, please let me know how they taste.

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"My three girls love these moist, nut-topped cupcakes even without frosting," remarks Debra Forshee from Stockton, Kansas. "They're a great way to use up zucchini, and they freeze well for a quick snack."

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped pecans


In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Top with pecans. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 2 dozen.


  1. Yummm they do look good don't they! I also receive those Taste Of Home emails:-) Our zucchinis won't be ready for a while yet but I'm saving this recipe for when they are...I usually make another kind of cookie with them but these cupcakes will be a nice change! xox

  2. Great minds think alike! Tomorrow I was going to do a few loaves of chocolate squash bread to use up some of the ones I have. It's a very similar recipe and the link is on my page.
    I tagged you for something over there too.

  3. I use zucchini for pancakes and cake during the whole zucchini season - DEELICIOUS!!!!

  4. Zoey, thanks for visiting my site. When I am away I miss blogging and hearing from friends. ;o)
    The zucchini recipe looks delicious; I will have to try it, thanks for sharing. ((huggers)))

  5. I like the looks of that recipe, so I copied it.

    Thanks for the info about the books, Zoey. So, I have two to look forward to!
    I tried to comment on the grasshopper post, and couldn't. That happens here occasionally. Has anyone else had the problem?

  6. zoey, the cupcakes look delicious. See you tomorrow.

  7. Pea,
    if I try them first, I will let you know if you should make them.

    Choc. zuke bread sounds good, too. Do you freeze it for the winter?

    I don't think I've ever had zuke pancakes--interesting!

    Sandra, be sure to let me know if it's any good if you do make it.

    Sandy, I sometimes have a problem with a comment, but not lately. Maybe blogger just had a big burp! I am 3/4 through the book, so I will be ready for the next one by the time it's released.

    zoeysmom, Did dad plant any? I am hoping to get his surplus!! :)

  8. yes zoey, dad did plant some but the garden is badly in need of a good rain. He does have a few tho. You can have as many as you want.

  9. In order to get my husband to eat it, I've put chocolate chips in zucchini bread for 20 years... he also wants them in Irish Soda Bread - that's going too far, isn't it Zoey?

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  10. LOL, Annie. Whatever works, I guess! I sometimes put them in zucchini bread, too. I never make Irish Soda bread.


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