July 16, 2015

Baking Zucchini Cookies With a Grill Mat

Yep, MA's been in the kitchen testing out new bakeware again.  This time I was given a set of nonstick grill mats to try out and give an honest review of, but since I ended up not cooking out over the Independence Day holiday weekend, I used the grill mats on my cookie sheets and made zucchini cookies instead (link to recipe follows).  I had to come up with something to use up some of the zucchini that my buddy gifted me.

Grill mat on top of old, stained cookie sheet
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So how did they work out?

Short version - these grill mats are absolutely amazing!

Longer version -

The grill mats are super simple to use - simply swish in warm, soapy water before using, wipe dry, and put on top of your regular cookie sheet and bake your cookies (or whatever) as usual.  You don't need to make any adjustments to temperature or baking time at all.  I concocted a new zucchini cookies recipe last week and expected that the cookies wouldn't stick, but what I wasn't prepared for was for them to actually fall off the grill mat as I was bringing the cookie sheet over to the cooling rack.  Yes, they're that slick!

Cookie dough on the grill mat, ready for the oven
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Cookies slid right off the grill mat!
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I still haven't tried them on the grill, but imagine they would work just as well there as they do in the oven.  They're super lightweight, a breeze to clean, and can be stored right on top of your baking sheets, or rolled up and tucked into a nook in your cabinet.  You get a set of two grill mats, but you might want to grab an additional set - one for the baker and one for the grill master. Great gift item too!  Do you go camping and picnicking?  Take the grill mats along so you don't have to worry about the nasty grill at your picnic site.  Use them for pizza, chicken, fish, pork chops - anything that'd you'd cook on a grill or in the oven on a flat surface.

Now on to the yummy stuff - the recipe for the zucchini cookies turned out great!  They're not a real sweet cookie and are great with tea or coffee, or whenever you want a little something to snack on that's not completely overloaded with sugar and other junk.  They freeze well, so go ahead and raid your garden, or thank the neighbor who dropped a basket full of zucchini on your front step.

Zucchini cookies
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I have a recipe for a moist, cake-like chocolate zucchini bread coming shortly, so don't go too far!

~ Marie Anne

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