Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cookies 'n Cream Zucchini Bread




This yummy recipe ends zucchini week. 

Thanks Carol,  it's always a pleasure to have you guest post.

                                              Cookies 'n Cream Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread. I love it...and not just regular-sort-of-like-banana-bread-zucchini bread. That's delicious for sure. What I'm talkin' about is over the top zucchini bread-something you don't find everywhere.

I started playing around with creating zucchini bread and muffin recipes a few years ago. So far, I've come up with over 20 recipes.  Where do I get my flavor ideas? From everywhere-even the ice cream aisle at the grocery store.

Cookies 'n Cream ice cream is a favorite in this house...so why not turn that flavor into a zucchini bread?

This is an easy one to put together.  I've seen Cookies 'n Cream instant pudding mix at Super Walmart, but never bought it.  I had white chocolate instant pudding in the cabinet, so decided to use that instead of vanilla. Trust me, either flavor pudding works great. 

Rather than get a whole package of Oreo's at the store, then have them sitting on the counter taunting me because I didn't use the whole thing up, I decided to grab a bag of the bite-size Oreos for the bread.  Perfect-it gave me just the amount I needed-a scant 2 cups of crumbs when crushed. I put the cookies in a resealable plastic bag and took out my frustration on them with my French rolling pin. You can certainly get the job done quickly by pulsing them a few times in a food processor.  I added a heaping cupful of the crumbs to the batter and saved the rest to sprinkle over the top of each loaf before baking.  After sprinkling on the crumbs, I lightly pressed them into the batter. I thought that would give them a better chance of adhering to the top of the loaf while it baked.

Boy oh boy, is this delicious. The crushed cookies added the perfect "crunch" to the soft bread. If you're a lover of cookies 'n cream, I really think you're gonna enjoy this bread. It really does sort of taste like the ice cream!
It doesn't look like the zucchini plants are slowing down much in the garden, so I'll guess I'd better keep my thinking cap on and come up with more bread and muffin ideas soon.

Thanks so much for having me as a guest poster this week and letting me share some of my favorite zucchini recipes with your readers, Linda.  It's always fun to come by and share a recipe or three! :)

Carol 


COOKIES 'N CREAM ZUCCHINI BREAD

3 large eggs
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 c. canola OR vegetable oil
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 c. unpeeled, shredded zucchini
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 (4 serving size) pkg. white chocolate instant pudding mix
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz.) pkg. mini chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely crushed OR 2 c. coarsely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 (9x5-inch) OR 5 (5x3-inch) loaf pans; set aside.

Shred zucchini using on the large whole side of a box grater. Place the shredded zucchini in a mesh strainer to drain; set aside while assembling the other ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla extract until well blended.

Gently squeeze any excess moisture out of the shredded zucchini, then stir it into the egg mixture.

In a medium bowl. whisk together the flour, pudding mix, salt, baking soda, baking powder and 1 generous cup of the cookie crumbs. Add the flour mixture to the egg/zucchini mixture and stir just until combined.

Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Sprinkle the top of each loaf liberally with the remaining cookie crumbs. Press the crumbs down lightly to adhere them to the batter. Bake @ 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes for the large loaves and 35-40 minutes for the smaller loaves, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Let breads cool in pans on wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove them from the pans to a wire rack and cool completely, Makes 2 large or 5 small loaves.

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68 comments:

  1. This does look good. But not for me being diabetic. I will how ever make it for the Lady across the street. I will have a very thin slice for myself. I might even give Larry a slice before taking it to my Lady Friend.

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    1. Thanks Dottie-this freezes really well too.

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  2. Oh boy, what a way to end your zucchini week. This looks luscious. You are amazing how you can think up your own versions of recipes, and have them turn out looking like this. WOW....It was great having you on here as a guest, and hope to see you again soon.

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    1. It's really good Myra...and super easy.

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  3. Are you kidding me??? This looks FABULOUS!!!!!!! MUST make:)

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  4. Keep those ideas coming Carol, this one is just wonderful~ Oreo just came up with a newer version of their cookies and they're THIN and crispy. I didn't buy any because I still have a few bags here and have to use them up. I froze some of the crushed lemon oreos that I used for the Frozen Lemon dessert cups and they're still good. Randall had them on his ice cream.

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    1. I don't keep Oreos in the house unless I know they're all going to get used....dangerous when a bag's open and calling my name. :)

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    1. Thanks Alicia-it's very yummy. :)

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  6. That sounds and looks delicious. I've pinned your recipe and can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing at the #sundaysdownunder linky party.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    1. Thanks for the pin, Natasha-hope you enjoy the bread. :)

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  7. I never knew that zucchini could be made into bread. Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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    1. It sure can, Sandy-it works magic! I've been making zucchini breads of all kinds for almost 40 years.....they're SO good. It's one versatile vegetable that's for sure. Hope you give zucchini bread a try!

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  8. Carol..zucchini bread was the only way my mom could get me to eat zucchini growing up:) This looks delicious!
    I may have to surprise her with this one day! I am def sharing this... cookies and cream..YUM!

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    1. Horace, your Mom is one smart cookie! :) What fun to surprise her with a new twist on zucchini bread. I've made at least 20 different versions of this and they all are big hits....no one can believe there's zucchini in there. I hope you AND your Mom enjoy this one.

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  9. Anothet scrumptious looking treat! My kids dont like zucchini, but its good to find other foods to hide it in!

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    1. That's what's great about zucchini bread.....you can hide it in there and the kiddos don't know it-unless they have eagle eyes and spot the green shreds. If you peel it before shredding and it will pretty much disappear into the bread....then it will REALLY hide! :)

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  10. This recipe looks so good and yummy. We love zucchini bread here in my family. Thanks for sharing this at Cooking & Crafting with J & J.

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  11. I love new and interesting ways to bake! I'm not a huge oreo fan but my kids are. They would love this! Pinning this. Coming over from Anything Goes.

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    1. It's a fun twist on zucchini bread-definitely a winner with the kiddos. I hope they enjoy it. Thanks for the pin! :)

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  12. Zucchini is very plentiful at this time of year, love to see a new and different idea of using it. Your Cookies N Cream Zucchini Bread looks and sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks Kathy-I hear ya about the zucchini-this has been a great growing year here for it.

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  13. This looks great! I have cooked lots of zucchini, but this would be new. - Bet my kids would love it! Thanks :)

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    1. I hear that about the zucchini.....I swear I've cooked it every way I can think of...then a new idea hits. Hope you all enjoy the bread!

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  14. You had me at Cookies and Cream! What a delicious recipe! Pinned and will share. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

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    1. Thank you for the pin and share, April-Cookies and Cream are the best. :)

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  15. this sounds amazing! pinned! thank you for sharing xx

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  16. Yum! This is the best zucchini recipe I've seen yet!!
    hi from Pin Worthy Wednesday :)

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  17. The zucchini totally offsets the naughtiness of the oreos, right? Love this.

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. Hope to see you back next week.

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    1. That's right Audrey...after all, it's a vegetable! :)

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  18. AMAZING IDEA! Can't wait to make it..soon! Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck!

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    1. Thanks Marsha--I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  19. Thank you for sharing at the Recipe Swap. This recipe is ingenious and I'm sure delicious.

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  20. How neat! This sounds really delicious too!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks so much Jess...it's a fun recipe and mighty tasty. :)

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  21. I have a couple of giant zucchini to do something with, so this is very helpful! :)

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    1. Kelli, I know JUST what you're talking about with those ginormous zucchini....they appear overnight. Hope you enjoy the bread. :)

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  22. This is really a fun twist on zucchini bread. I bet it is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jan-it's really good...something a little different from regular zucchini bread. :)

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  23. What a lovely creation! Looks wonderful. I'm going to make it to add to my baked goods stand at the farmer's market soon! So glad you shared with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come back again soon.

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    1. I bet it will be a good seller for you Marsha....everyone I've given some to that tried it loves it....and it's SO easy. People can't believe there's zucchini in the bread.

      Hope you sell lots of goodies at the farmer's market! :)

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  24. What an interesting idea! Thanks for sharing on what's for dinner sunday?

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  25. This is making my mouth water! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

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    1. Thanks-it's one delicious bread, Jennifer.

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  26. What a great recipe, we will love your Cookies N Cream Zucchini Bread. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen-I hope you enjoy it! :) Have a wonderful week.

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  27. Holy smokes! This takes zucchini bread to a whole new level!

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    1. Hahah Erin-that it does......and it's one tasty step. :)

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  28. Wow Carol this looks fantastic - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  29. This looks so yummy and SO fun! My kids insist they don't like zucchini bread when they hear it's "zucchini" bread, but this would be a good way to convince them. ;) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday last week! Please join us again this week! <3

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    1. Ohhhhhh you betcha your kiddos will love this one, Alesha....and they won't even know there's a vegetable in there if you peel it. Have a great week!

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  30. How delicious!!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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  31. Oh wow! This sweet bread looks amazing! It is a fresh change from the usual zucchini and banana breads! Thank you for linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link party!

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  32. I never would have thought of this combo...but it looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Elaine-it was one of my favorite "creation" for sure...definitely not your ordinary zucchini bread. :)

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  33. Your bread looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.

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  34. Love Cookies and Cream! And this time of year, we've got zucchini everywhere - perfect for this recipe. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds!

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