You'll never guess Mrs Claus' secret to her famous chocolate chip cookies!

Mrs. Claus' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies" with a surprise ingredient that most people wouldn't suspect but adds a wonderful twist to the classic cookie! Indulge in the magic of Mrs. Claus' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, a timeless treat with a surprising twist. This classic recipe features rich chocolate chips and a secret ingredient – finely grated zucchini. The zucchini adds moisture and depth to these cookies, creating a delectable balance of flavors. Discover the joy of baking these delightful cookies that combine tradition with a creative touch. Perfect for satisfying sweet cravings and surprising loved ones with a hidden ingredient that enhances every bite.

**Ingredients:**

- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- **Surprise Ingredient**: 1/2 cup finely grated zucchini (trust us on this!)

**Instructions:**

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.

5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

6. Stir in the chocolate chips, chopped nuts (if using), rolled oats, and finely grated zucchini. The zucchini adds moisture and a subtle flavor without being detected.

7. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between each cookie.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

9. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

10. Once cooled, enjoy these delicious chocolate chip cookies with a twist!

The surprise ingredient of finely grated zucchini not only adds moisture to the cookies but also gives them a subtle richness that enhances the chocolate flavor. These cookies will have everyone wondering what makes them so irresistibly delicious!

Note: Make sure to thoroughly squeeze out excess moisture from the grated zucchini before adding it to the dough to prevent the cookies from becoming too soft.

Happy baking and enjoy sharing these special cookies with family and friends!


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