With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Zucchini, Chocolate and... Peanut Butter *Yum*

Monday, July 20, 2009

Zucchini, Chocolate and... Peanut Butter *Yum*

Sure, chocolate and peanut butter... that's a match made in heaven.
But zucchini?
Just try one of these and you'll agree ~ they're GOOD!





Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting


Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups shredded zucchini (about 8 oz.)
3 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup cooking oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk chocolate pieces (optional) I don't think this is optional!

Peanut Butter Frosting

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with double or single layer of paper bake cups or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large bowl stir together zucchini, eggs, granulated sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and, if desired, chocolate pieces; stir until combined. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling cups about half full. Bake about 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove from cups. Cool completely on racks. Frost with Peanut Butter Frosting.
Makes: 24 cupcakes
Peanut Butter Frosting: In a medium mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup softened butter, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, beating until combined. If necessary, stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons additional milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Makes about 1-1/2cups.
Another Zucchini favorite at our house... Fried Zucchini
A casual Summertime favorite

3 comments:

Miss Jen said...

Ummmm..... don't these look amazing?!!
Thank you so much for sharing, Mrs. H.
Many Blessings to you~ dear friend.

Love~ Miss Jen

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I'm going to keep these as I will have an abundance of zucchini soon! The fried zucchini looks yummy and I'm sure no one would know zucchini was in those cupcakes! Enjoy your day!

crochet lady said...

Those sure look good! I make a chocolate bundt cake that I put zucchini in. It does seem strange to think of chocolate and zucchini together, but it's really tasty.

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