Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake | My Simple Kitchen

My dad keeps bringing us zucchini and I keep baking with it. I love having fresh, local fruits and veggies available.  Every spring I say I want to start a garden but I haven’t made the jump.  The idea of walking into my backyard to get ingredients for dinner sounds amazing! The problem is, I’ve been known to kill a plant or two.  My husband is the only reason my flower baskets last as long as they do every year.  I have a serious problem with the whole remember to water thing.  Oh well, at least I have an amazing dad to keep my fridge stalked!  

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you. It is such an easy one and tastes fabulous! The cream cheese frosting pairs perfectly with the zucchini cake.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake
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For the cake
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  3. 2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 2 cups shredded zucchini
  9. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
For the frosting
  1. 1 8oz. package cream cheese
  2. 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degress F. Grease 2 round cake pans; set aside
  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. Cream together sugar and oil.
  4. Add eggs one at a time.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.
  7. Divide batter into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely before frosting.
  9. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese on high until fluffy.
  10. On slow, lowly add powdered sugar and vanilla, then beat on high until smooth.
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Peach Pie Sugar Cookie Cups

Peach Pie Sugar Cookie Cups

I wanted to call these “little pieces of heaven” because they were delicious! I said “were” because they are already all eaten up.  Sorry family, no chance for distributing. I love the versatility of this dessert because you can use whatever fruit you want! My father-in-law brought us more peaches from the island and I couldn’t wait to make a pie but honestly, I was feeling very lazy and not up for the challenge.  I grabbed a package of sugar cookie mix to use for the crust.

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 Take about 2 heaping tablespoonful of dough and roll it into a ball.  Press into bottom of cupcake tin using thumb to press against sides, making the “cup”.

11Once out of the oven, use the back of a large spoon to gently press the center to reform the cup shape.

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Of course, top with whipped cream!

Peach Pie Sugar Cookie Cups
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1 17.5 oz. package sugar cookie mix + ingredients it calls for.
  2. 2 cups chopped peaches
  3. 1 tsp. sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. Pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make sugar cookie dough according to package.
  3. Take about 2 tablespoonful of dough and roll it into a ball.
  4. Press into bottom of cupcake tin. Using your thumb, gently press against side, forming a cup shape.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, heat chopped peaches, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Bring to boil, stirring frequently.
  8. Reduce heat to low and let simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. When the sugar cookie cups are baked, remove from oven and use the back of a large spoon and gently press down in the center to re-form the cup shape.
  10. Spoon peach mixture to cups and enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you will not be eating all of the cups immediately, keep peach mixture refrigerated until ready to eat, then top cookie cup and heat.
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Double Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Doube chocolate chip zucchini muffins

My dad’s garden is in full bloom and I’m so excited because that means fresh veggies for us!  He brought over some zucchini this weekend and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I’ve had double chocolate chip muffins on my list of “things to make” for quite a while.  I wanted a dense but moist muffin (like the Costco ones) and I thought the zucchini would be perfect for them.  It was. These muffins turned out amazing! 

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Double Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
Yields 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla
  10. 2 cups shredded zucchini
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line muffin tin with liners; set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. Beat together sugar and melted butter until fully mixed.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.
  7. Evenly pour batter into muffin tin and bake for 30 minutes.
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