Yummy way to use up that over-abundance of zucchini from your garden. This makes about 2 dozen bars.
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 cups zucchini, coarsely shredded
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- Combine oil, sugar, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed until well blended.
- In another bowl, combine the flour and next 5 ingredients; stir well. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in zucchini.
- Pour the batter into an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1 inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack. Once cool, spread cream cheese frosting evenly over the top; cut into bars.
- Combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a small mixing bowl; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, beating until the frosting is smooth. Spread on the cooled zucchini bars.
I went light on the frosting, but other than that made as written. There is an old trick I do since I have kids. Anytime I make anything with frosting I try to save some in the bowl, they love the leftover frosting, so I let them have the bowl. I knew the frosting would be fine when they were using their fingers, and licking the frosting. It was not sweet to them, we thought it was fine. Nonetheless, these were taken to my daughters school on Open House night, and they were gone in no time. After overhearing comments, they were none, and a few that I personally know really enjoyed them, thought the frosting was nice, and the bars moist, and flavorful. Made this for PRMR Tag.
I made half the recipe in a 8x8 pan. Next time I'll reduce the sugar as the bars are a little bit too sweet. It's ok if there is not frosting on top. But since the frosting is sweet and is delicious, it makes it a bit too sweet for my taste. But it's still delicious. The bars are so moist. I had to cook it longer maybe 10 minutes more. Maybe because they were thicker than supposed because of my 8x8 pan. Thanks Lynette :) Made for Newest Zaar Tag