Monday, August 29, 2011

Squash Cookies

I have oodles of squash to enjoy this harvest season and this is my favorite new way to use it.  Feel free to mix into the batter chopped nuts, raisins, craisins, dried blueberries, carob chips, there are lots of options really.  I just went straight for the chocolate chips J.  This has become my children’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and now my son openly claims squash as his favorite vegetable (that is quite an accomplishment – he’s three years old and he is going through a picky eating phase – at least I hope it’s just a phase).  At any rate, I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do!
Squash Cookies
This cookie dough freezes very well for future occasions.

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup pureed squash*
½ cup butter (at room temperature)
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup cane sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups mix-ins (optional): chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or raisins
Preheat oven to 375.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl stir together the first 4 ingredients.  Then add the remaining ingredients except for the optional mix-ins.  Stir together well until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated into the batter.  Lastly, stir in your desired mix-ins if you’re adding any.  Place about 2 tablespoons of batter per cookie in rows on the cookie sheet about
1 ½ inches apart.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the centers are set and golden brown.  Cool on wire racks.
*Cut the raw yellow squash into large chunks and grind it in a food processor or blender.  One regular yellow squash about 7 inches long will yield about 1 cup of puree. 

By Miriam Barton in promotion for The Pioneer Cookbook: Recipes For Today's Kitchen.

This recipe is being shared with the Hearth and Soul Hop, Take It From Me, Inspiring You To Save Wandering Wednesday, Mommy Only Has Two Hands Hump Day Hop, The King's Court IV What's Cooking Wednesday, This Chick Cooks, Miz Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday, Friday Pot Luck, Little Brick Ranch, My Adventure In Mommyhood, KB and Whitesnakes Home Simply Delish, My Meatless Mondays, Bake with Bizzy


Swathi said...

squash cookies sounds healthy and delicious.

Melynda said...

Thanks for linking and sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how the recipe would work if you were to use gluten-free all-purpose flour? I'm going gluten-free and am wondering how to convert favorite recipes. So far it's been interesting.

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

They sound yummy! I hear you about the picky 3 year old. Ours was eating everything on his plate up until a few months ago, and now he's picky about food. I hope he goes back to eating everything soon!

Mizzreviewlady said...

My parents grow squash each year. I never though of making cookies with them, great idea!

Tiffanee said...

Oh I cannot wait to try these out! Thanks for sharing!! YUM!!

Miriam said...

Oblivious (by the way, you are not at all oblivious), I'd be willing to bet that it would taste great with gluten free flour but I've never tried it so I don't want to assure you. Try it out and let me know how it goes. *hug*

Miz Helen said...

Hi Miriam,
I haven't made squash cookies in awhile however, I certainly have enough fresh squash to make them. They look delicious! Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come back soon!
Miz Helen

Anonymous said...

Oh Goodness all your recipes look so yummy lol I have a recipe page on my blog I would love to feature one or so of your recipes if ok ... I am following you from the weekend friend hop. God Bless ♥

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

Great idea, Miriam. Apparently, we are thinking alike with our zucchini overflow this month. I was planning to make some zucchini cookies this week. :)

My Journey With Candida said...

I made zucchini cookies years ago. They were really very tasty.

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

What a delicious way to use up squash! And it makes the cookies so much healthier too. Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Alea Milham said...

I have been sharing this recipe with friends when I give them squash. What a delicious way to eat squash and I have a lot of squash, so I need to find as many ways to serve it as possible. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop. I will be featuring it this week.

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

These look great - I'm always looking for ways to healthy-up my favorite recipes. Thanks for bringing to Friday Potluck.