Carrot Zucchini Bars
Vegetable-Rich Cookies

Carrot zucchini bars prove that you can have a cake, I mean cookie, and eat it too. They are lusciouly moist, rich with vegetables and low in saturated fat.

Helpful Hints

  • Most dried fruits such as raisins have a much better taste if you plump them up before adding to cookie dough. Soak them in hot or boiling water for about 10 to 15 minutes under cover.

  • You can keep nuts from sinking to the bottom as they bake by mixing them thoroughly with a little flour, that is to be used in the recipe, before adding them to dough or batter.

All purpose flour 1½ cups
Brown sugar ½ cup
Honey ¼ cup
Eggs, slightly beaten 2 large
Carrots, shredded 1½ cups
Zucchini, shredded 1 cup
Chopped pecans 1 cup
Raisins ½ cup
Vegetable oil ½ cup
Ground ginger ½ tsp
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Baking powder 1 tsp
Baking soda ¼ tsp

ingredients for carrot zucchini bars

    shredded carrots and zucchini according to recipe

  • Soak raisins in boiling water for 15 minutes, and drain well on paper towel.

  • Mix coarsely chopped pecans and plumped raisins with a little flour that is to be used in the recipe.

  • Shred carrots and zucchini.

    dry ingredients for carrot zucchini bars
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger and set aside in a large mixing bowl.

    egg mixture
  • Mix the remaining ingredients together in another bowl.
  • Add carrot zucchini mixture to flour mixture.

  • Spread batter into an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

    cooling cookies according to recipe direction

  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on wire rack.

To prepare delightful citrus-cream cheese frosting or icing, you need:

Light cream cheese 8 oz
Confectioners’ sugar, sifted ½ cup
Orange juice 2 Tbsp
Lemon or orange peel, 1 Tbsp

ingredients for frosting

    frosting for carrot zucchini bars

  • Using an electric mixer, beat all ingredients on medium speed until light and fluffy.

    recipe for citrus-cream cheese frosting

  • Spread light citrus-cream cheese frosting over cooled carrot zucchini bars.

    carrot zucchini bars
  • They are good under refrigeration for a week if you are successful at keeping them that long.

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Every time I make these delicious carrot zucchini bars, I have a hard time keeping both my mind and hands off them. Good luck!