Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Zucchini Nut Bread Cookie Sandwiches

These would make a great gift, but we've been selfish.

My mother-in-law sent us some cucumbers and zucchini from her garden, and I immediately was thinking of what I could bake with the zucchini.  Last time I made this banana zucchini bread, so I wanted to switch it up this time.  Then I remembered something I had put on a list (of course) of recipes I wanted to try. They are seriously the best thing I've eaten in a while.  The Coconut Seven Layer Bar ice cream at Ben & Jerry's over the weekend was a close second, but these cookie sandwiches are telling Little Debbie and her oatmeal creme pies to move on over. You can get the template for the labels (here).

I love the texture of the nuts, oats, and zucchini.

Zucchini Nut Bread Cookie Sandwiches
1 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup grated zucchini
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Beat 1 stick of butter and the sugars until pale and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Beat flour mixture into butter mixture.  Stir in zucchini, oats, and pecans.  Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, in balls of about 2 Tbsp and placing about 2 inches apart.  Bake at 350 degrees until edges are golden, about 17 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Beat together remaining 1/2 stick of butter, the cream cheese, and confectioners' sugar until smooth.  Once cookies are cool, spread filling onto the flat side of one cookie, and sandwich with another cookie.  Repeat with remaining filling and cookies.  To keep fresh, place in Ziploc bags or airtight container and store in fridge.  Makes 10-14 sandwiches.

source: recipe slightly altered from Martha Stewart Living, March 2011

I've linked up with sweet as sugar cookies!

36 comments:

  1. My favorite bread in the world! I love it!

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  2. i have a recipe for seven layer bars i should share - it's out of this world. my girlfriends from high school and i called them orgasm bars, if that gives you some perspective. your cookies look amazing!

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  3. The name, not so appetizing, but they look phenomenal and bet they taste great. My sister makes a sweet zucchini casserole thing (not so healthy), but tastes divine.

    Happy Hump Day, Sherri!

    P.S. Do you go by Sherri or Sherri Lynn? I've been curious about that.

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  4. Ahhhhh these look amazing! I think I need to hire you as my personal chef! YUM Yum YUm!!!1

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  5. ohhh zucchini anything makes my mouth water! these look delicious!

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  6. Oh wow this looks so amazing. Your husband must adore you! Haha

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  7. Ahh, they look like little whoopie pies!

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  8. Sherri, I just made zucchini bread, too... and a friend sent me this link for zucchini pasta to use up my extra grated zucchini. I thought it looked interesting but haven't had the chance to try it yet. :)

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/spaghetti-with-zucchini-and-garlic-recipe/index.html

    Lots of Love, Erin
    whatmakeshome.blogspot.com

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  9. I had no idea that you could do that with zucchini! Looks yummy :)

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  10. These look delicious :)I want to try them!

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  11. Yum!! They're like a healthy version of whoopie pies :-) My tummy is growling right now

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  12. interesting combination of flavors! i like the sound of it :)

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  13. yum yum yum. this all looks so good! :)

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  14. This sounds so good. I wonder if I can trick my husband into trying them.

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  15. Woah! Zucchini's in a biscuit! Whaaaaaaa? I have to try this out! Oh & I love the template, definitely going to put it to good use :) Oh, also - ASOS do free shipping, although i don't think you'd get it in time for the Wedding on the weekend :( Still...I'm sure you could put the Yellow Clutch to good use!

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  16. wow, those cookies look delicious!

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  17. cute! i love it :)

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  18. WOW! Who thinks up this stuff? Zucchini nut bread cookie *sandwiches*?!?! I never could have come up with that! I'm totally going to make these, they look sooooo yummy!! :)


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  19. Oh, I LOVED those Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies! I'm printing this off right now...hope to make these soon :)

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  20. Zucchini bread is one of my favorites ever! Adding some icing to it and another slice and smashing it down? Well that just makes it even more delectable!

    http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

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  21. Sooooooooo, if you could send me some of these ASAP, that would be fabulous. And I'd love you forever. :)

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  22. Oh man those look good! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Wow, these look amazing! Such a great combo...love!

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  24. Strange! I never would have put these ingredients together in a million years...they look delish!

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  25. These look insanely good. Any bread in cookie form is okay by me! I need to try them! Thanks for the recipe.

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  26. oh my gosh these look freaking awesome. i'm going to make these for SURE

    xo,
    C

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  27. the texture is amazing...the combination is superb. Loved your blog...you are very creative!

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  28. Yum!!! I was just thinking about making zucchini bread recently since there's so much of it at the farmer's markets. I like adding chocolate chips to mine. I bet that would be fab in these little cookies!

    xo,
    Stephanie (Big Mario Life)

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  29. this sounds amazing, I have to try this!

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  30. These look fantastic, but what temperature should the oven be?

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  31. Thank you for pointing out that oversight on my part! The oven should be at 350 degrees.

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  32. I've made these. They are delicious and freeze well too (without the filling).

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