Monday, April 20, 2009

Did someone say... chocolate?!

I love chocolate. But, it has to be just the right kind of chocolate -- dark chocolate (and, of course, without nuts!). Of late, my two dark chocolate indulgences have been Dark Chocolate M&Ms and Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Baking Chips. I love taking the chocolate chips and mixing them with dried cranberries. Heavenly.

Baking with chocolate, that's a whole different story. No chocolate cake for me; that is, unless it's my grandma's chocolate chip zucchini cake using dark chocolate chips, of course (recipe below). Mostly, I prefer chocolate in the form of brownies,

OR...baked fudge,

OR, in delicious goodies like cookies.

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake - Grandma VS

1/2 C butter (or 1/4 C applesauce, 1/4 C butter)
1/3 C oil
1 3/4 C sugar
2 eggs (or 1 egg + 1 egg white)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C sour milk (1/2 C milk + 1 T vinegar)
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/3 C flour
4 T cocoa powder
2 C shredded zucchini
Dark chocolate chips, to taste

Cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add eggs and sour milk. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well. Then, add dry ingredients to wet ones and stir to combine. Stir in zucchini.

Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle dark chocolate chips on top. Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

*The next time I make this one, I'm going to try more applesauce and less butter/oil, and also adding in some whole wheat flour.

For more delicious chocolate recipes, visit Joy who's hosting a chocolate round-up today!


  1. These all look quite delicious. And so does your blog. I'm glad to have found you via the roundup and Simply Sara. Thank you for participating in the Joy of Chocolate Roundup! :-)

  2. Yum. Chocolate makes my life complete.

  3. By the way, don't forget to enter my foodie book giveaway. It has lots of recipes and you get a second entry for participating in the chocolate roundup!

  4. Yummers!
    So glad you joined too :)

    I am so excited to try all these yummy chocolate treats....especially the brownies. I have a real soft spot for brownies!

  5. Oh my, my, those look amazing!! I love chocolate! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other. I know I'll be visiting yours again. You have some great looking recipe's. Thanks for sharing!


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