November 10, 2012

Zucchini Brownies

Ok, I think of myself as a baker. Not just a home baker, I went to school for it. I love to bake. Sweet and savory. Anything. I'll try anything.

There is always a but... right? ;)

I don't make brownies. I sometimes eat them but generally only when given to me. I don't know why but brownies are not my thing. I don't like making them. Maybe it is that I think of them as having a split personality... I'm a cake... No, I'm a cookie... No, I'm both. Whatever.

This summer, Shirley, (my dearest SIL, we both got lucky and married into the Morris clan) brought over a pan of zucchini brownies that she made from our CSA's recipe sheet that they hand out to us every week. I was grateful to have a dessert provided for one of our informal meals. But I approached it with my normal brownie reaction... oh a brownie. Eh. Ok, I'll eat it.

Oh my word was I happy that I did. So good! So good. Seriously. SOOOO GOOOOD!

Not kidding.


Ok, so I think maybe it was a fluke or something. Shirley told me the adjustments she made and I figured with the overload of zucchini I had better try making the brownies. Yeah, this was during season so of course I post this recipe when it is no longer season and SUPER helpful.

Don't worry, you be overwhelmed with zucchini next year and then think 'Misty mentioned a brownie recipe that was PHENOMENAL and I have to try it.'

I only made one addition to Shirley's, she had it spot on. Here is the recipe:


Serves: just me or it works out to 12 medium pieces ;)
Prep Time: less than 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 35-45 minutes

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup of butter
1½ cup of sugar
2 tablespoon of sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of cinnamon (my addition)
2½ cups shredded zucchini, I used a whole medium one
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat an oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease a 13X9 pan.
2. Mix the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3. Cream the butter and the 1½ cups of sugar in a mixer.
4.Add the eggs in (one at a time) and then add the vanilla.
5. Add in the flour mixture just until blended. Then add the shredded zucchini.
6. Pour into the prepared pan, sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and chocolate chips.
7. Bake 35-45 minutes or until set in the middle.
8. Eat these. Seriously now. Yum. Good.

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