Squash and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Welp, It is March.  And we had more snow this weekend…. I figure that is reason enough to make cookies.

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I have meant to bake a Cookie or Cake with squash in it for a REALLY long time.  But I kept forgetting to get squash at the store.  Then when I did I made other things out of it.  Like Farmhouse Butternut Squash Farmhouse Hash and Butternut Squash Sloppy Joes.  So For about a year ( Yes. that long. ) I have thought about making these chocolate chip squash cookies.

But I took the easy way out.  Because, let’s face it.  Peeling and Cutting and pureeing a butternut squash can be very labor intensive.  Especially, if you only need 1 1/4 cups of it.

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I picked up some squash baby food.  It is already pureeed for you, no sugar is added, AND it is only 99 cents.  This is much easier to use then getting an actual butternut squash.  I am a busy mom you know.  I also used dark chocolate chips.  I don’t like my desserts to be overly sweet.

These Cookies only have 1/4 cup of sugar.  They are also sweetened with maple syrup.  Yum.  I get my 100% Maple Syrup at Aldi for less than $3.00.  Great deal

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This recipe calls for 1 1/4 cup of Squash Puree.  I fully expected the cookies to look ” Oranger”

Squash and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies ( This recipe was slightly adapted from Farm Girl Gourmet’s Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies. I used Squash Puree in place of the applesauce and used less sugar. ) 

Ingredients

1 stick of butter at room temperature

1/4 cup of white sugar

1 and 1/4 cup of Squash Puree

2 cups of flour.  ( I used white. I would look at a conversion chart if you want to use another kind)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 cup of dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F

2. Cream Butter, Sugar and Maple Syrup and Vanilla.  

3. Add Squash Puree and Mix

4. Add Dry Ingredients 

5. Add Chocolate Chips

6. Mix 

7. Use a Cookie Scoop and make 1 inch balls about 2 inches apart.  

8. Bake for 10-14 minutes. 

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These turned out Amazingly wonderful.  I really enjoy Dark chocolate.  it pared really well with the hint of Squash and maple.

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My two year old boy also thought that these were a ” Great Treat”.  He had no idea these contained squash.  I have no reason to hide squash from him, he likes it.

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I will have to make these again soon.   Maybe I will have to make some ” Green” Chocolate Chip Cookies.  You can only guess what baby food those will call for!

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32 Comments

  1. So creative with using baby food:) these look very tasty!!

     
  2. I have bags and bags of squash from our garden in the freezer that I had no idea what I was going to do with–I’ll have to try these cookies! Thanks for sharing!

     
  3. Those cookies look perfect. Thanks for the idea. I love squash but it is time consuming to peel and hack into pieces. And good tip about the maple syrup. I don’t buy it often because it’s so expensive but I have an Aldi’s nearby.

     
  4. I’m bookmarking this recipe! I have two quart baggies of pureed squash in my deep freeze right now. And, for some reason, squash bisque just doesn’t sound as appealing as these COOKIES!

     
  5. Sounds delish! Where they nice and moist too?

     
  6. I would have never thought to put butternut squash in a cookie, that is a great way to get a little nutrition into a treat for your kids. My youngest loves butternut squash so I will make these to see if we can sneak them in past my oldest and husband who do not like it.

     
  7. Wow, that sounds interesting and I have to tell you, you totally convinced me to try this recipe. It sounds really good.

     
  8. I would have never thought to use squash in with my cookies, which is weird since I love all things zucchini. I have plenty of the baby food in my cupboard so I might have to sneak some to make these!

     
  9. I would have never thought about using squash.

     
  10. What a great idea! I pinned this for inspiration. I bet using fresh squash would be fabulous! I love incorporating veggies into desserts.

     
  11. Such a great way to sneak in some extra nutrients into choc chip cookies! They look fantastic!

     
  12. what a cleaver way to sneak in veggies. I’m going to try this with hubby and kids

     
  13. This is such an interesting combination! The best chocolate cake I’ve ever had has mayo in it so I bet this one would be awesome!

     
  14. What an interesting idea! I’ve never made cookies with squash, but I’ve used applesauce before. 🙂

     
  15. Those look really good. I like the idea of less sugar, too.

     
  16. I have some Butternut Squash hanging out in the basement.. I might try this recipe out tomorrow! They sound yummy!

     
  17. I think this is such a creative way to add a little sweetness to cookies. They look really good.

     
  18. I love the creativity of this recipe and am going to have to try this as soon as my kitchen remodel is done. They look delicious!

     
  19. Why did I never think of using all the left over baby food for my toddler when she didn’t need them any longer. This is such a great idea. Thanks for the recipe as well.

     
  20. We only give our babies the best, so if it’s good enough for baby…

    And the cookies look delicious!

     
  21. This recipe looks so interesting, I would have never thought to add baby food to cookies.

     
  22. I had no idea you could make cookies with squash! Those will be something I will give a try. Very clever with the baby food!

     
  23. I love how healthy these are. Im going to try these!

     
  24. Using baby food to make cookies is very creative. The recipe looks delicious.

     
  25. I never would have thought to make cookies with squash. They look delicious!

     
  26. Such a great idea on using the Baby Squash. I never thought about using squash in a cookie before.

     
  27. Eliz Frank

    Those look so delicious… I’m always on the prowl for recipres… Yummy!

     
  28. That is such a good idea, getting the baby food! And these cookies look delish!

     
  29. I’m book marking this page as I plan to try this out – hopefully I can successfully make it!

     
  30. I like your reasoning for making cookies. 😉 Squash + chocolate never crossed my mind before. They look delish!

     
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  32. Great. love this idea! I’ve never had a butternut squash cookie. Now, I will definitely try this.

     

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