Spiced Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Robin at Ridgeland Harvest Farm


1 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup dark brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

4 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon salt

2 small zucchini, grated ( 2 very full cups of

finely grated zucchini)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with Parchment.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Add egg, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt to the butter mixture, gradually; mix well.

Stir in zucchini.

Fold in chocolate

Drop by teaspoonful with two (2) inches between each cookie onto the cookie sheets.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Do not over-bake (bottoms will turn black when overdone even if the top looks good). Let stand to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove and place on wire racks to  allow to cool completely.

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Medicine Wheel Garden (C6-7)

This area is inspired by traditional Indigenous Medicine Wheel gardens. The four quadrants represent the four directions and four seasons. We created this garden to provide an opportunity to learn, teach and honour traditional Indigenous practices, perspectives and being.

  • North – Kiiwedingong: This section represents the winter. The winter is the place of wisdom, The bear teaches about fasting as it hibernates and rests throughout the winter months. Sweetgrass is braided to remind us of the strength we gain when our mind, body and spirit is balanced.
  • East – Wasbingong: This section represents the springtime and new life. The eagle is the messenger between the people and the creator and teaches us we need to be thankful for creation and to live in a good way. Life is a gift. To honour that gift we have been given tobacco. Tobacco is used as a sign of thanksgiving and to remind us to be grateful and humble for all aspects of life.
  • South – Zhaawanong: This section represents the youth, summertime and nurturing. The deer teaches us the importance of generosity and sharing, The cedar is used as a cleansing medicine for the body and soul.
  • West – Epangishmok: This section represents the adult stage, autumn harvest. West is the berry stage. It is here the growth from the summer has come to ripen. The berry teaches us forgiveness and peace. It honours the cycle of death and rebirth. The buffalo teaches us to look within ourselves for guidance. Sage is used by Indigenous people to clear their minds and hearts, preparing for the rest of life’s journey.
  • The Centre: The rose in the centre tells us that life is like a rose. The thorns remind us of the up’s and down’s in the journey of life. As the flower dies each year come winter, we remember that we too are reborn after self-reflection, dedication and acceptance. The centre reminds us to find balance in our own lives and maintain our fire within. How is your fire burning?


– Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre