Zucchini Cobbler Recipe
- 8 cups chopped seeded peeled zucchini (from about 3 pounds)
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, cook and stir zucchini and lemon juice for 15-20 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.
- 2. For crust, combine the flour and sugar in a bowl; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir 1/2 cup into zucchini mixture. Press half of remaining crust mixture into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread zucchini over top; crumble remaining crust mixture over zucchini. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- 3. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Yield: 16-20 servings.
1 piece: 337 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .
Reviews for Zucchini Cobbler
"Great recipe, have a similar story as others. Served at a cookout, one guy there never eats vegetables. He asked me if it was apple cobbler. Told him zucchini - he gave me a dirty look....then finished eating it."
"We love this cobbler! It's just the right amount of sweet, and perfect with a scoop of ice cream!"
"Delicious! I have a very picky eater. If he knew it was zucchini and not apple cobbler, he would never have tried it. Now, he tells me "I know it's zucchini and I don't care.""
"We had an abundance of zucchini and squash which is why we looked for a recipe where we could use some of them creatively. It brought back childhood memories of my aunt, who also had so much zucchini one year that even after canning some, she still needed alternative ways to prepare it. I remember her telling us we should try her "apple" pie. We all thought it was delicious and laughed after she told us it was zucchini! Well, this cobbler was fantastic and several of my children went back for seconds! As for the reviewer who asked about the apples in our neck of the woods... apples are the best when they're in season, and where I live, that doesn't start until the fall. I love being able to use fruits and vegetables in season and since we had so many zucchini delighted that we could use them in this way! Given that we'll be swimming in zucchini and squash for the rest of the season, I'll be making this again!"
"Super excited about this! Has anyone made this the day BEFORE you baked it? I would LIKE to do the prep tonight and bake it tomorrow. Will the crust hold up or get soggy, or...? I am a pretty inexperienced baker. ;-) thanks for any advice you can give!"
""Wow, this is amazing" was what I heard when I served this. I made it exactly as written and used a 17x12" jellyroll pan. My 16 year old daughter, who is a picky eater, asked when I could make it again."
"I was intrigued by this recipe and all the positive comments so I tried it.People, your comments make me wonder about apples in your neck of the woods. Do you have such terrible apples that they taste like zucchini? Because here in Europe, apples taste like apples and this recipe was simply awful.Keeping it short, it's zucchini, tasting like zucchini (obviously) drowning in sugar and no, adding tons of sugar isn't enough to transform zucchini into apples, try better magic.Won't make it again, it's really too sweet, too sugary. Also the proportion of filling vs. crust seems wrong, definitely not enough pastry.If you really really really have to try it, halve the recipe, so you don't have to throw away as much stuff."
"We were so skeptical to try a cobbler made from zucchini...but this is amazing! It really does taste just like apple. Delicious warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I halved the recipe and used an 8x8 pan and it worked just fine. I didn't want the top to overbrown but I was concerned after reading other reviews if I used a deeper pan it wouldn't set, so I covered it and cooked 45 minutes till it was nice and bubbly, then uncovered and cooked 15 mins more until the topping was browned just the right amount. If you can get Watkins Cinna-cream Sprinkles I used those instead of plain cinnamon on top. This is definitely going to be something we start making regularly during the yearly zucchini deluge."
"Really great tasting, easy to make, and wonderful for using up that garden zucchini!"
"Great way to use extra zucchini!"
"Yumm! Even knowing this was zucchini because I prepared it, I was amazed it tasted like apple. The lemon evidently is the trick! This is really good! Took half to work and everyone thought it was apple. While in lunch room it was not in fridge so the crust got a bit mushy. Suggest keep refrigerated (as I did at home) and you will avoid this. I baked in size pan suggested and had overflow in my oven. But it was just enough crust/zuke combination in the slices for taste and texture. The larger surface is needed to brown and crisp.Amazing recipe and uses the mountains of zuke from the garden. Thanks for posting!"
"I made it according to the recipe and loved it! I baked it in the specified pan size. If baking in a 9x13 pan, there would be less surface area exposed to the heat so it would take longer to cook. It would also need to be cooked at a lower heat so the outside would not burn before the inside was done."
"Now, I have to admit that I rarely make a recipe according to the specific directions so I altered this..a bit. I added salt and craisins, oatmeal and steel cut oats but wow is this tasty!! I gave it to my daughter and she loved it, assuming that it was apple. A friend did the same for breakfast this morning. My only reason for 4 stars not 5 is that it is dry. The zucchini does not make syrup as apples do and I am trying to figure out how to make that happen so that this could become an apple pie. Also, I could have added more salt. I used one of my "torpedo" sized zucchinis and what a treat!!"
"Oh my gosh! This recipe is not only easy to make but appreciated by everyone. I'm glad I didn't tell our teenage son what it was before he tried it. He loves it! Other adults have commented that they are glad they didn't know it was zucchini because they probably would have passed on it. The fun part is having people guess what the 'fruit' is. They always say apples and are absolutely floored when you let them in on the 'secret'. Make several copies, you'll be handing them out at the next potluck!"
"Loved this recipe. It will fool the pickiest eater...tasted just like apples, certainly not a vegetable!"
"It's awesome, it tasted like apple pie!"
"Made it today.........if the smell is an indicator I would say we have a winner !!!"
"Very good! I made it for my women's Bible study group and no one guessed that it was made with zucchini and not apples. It's a keeper! Thanks for sharing, Joanne."
"Made this exactly as the recipe states. Used a jelly roll pan, it turned out great. It really does taste like apple filling! Next time I will add a little nutmeg to the crust spices. We are at 6800 feet and I did not make any high altitude adjustments. Thank you Joanne for sharing the recipe."
"just made this and it is awesome; except somewhat dry. I baked it in a 9 x 13 pan. Used only 3 c. flour, 1 c. sugar 1 C butter for the crust. I added 1/2 tsp ginger to the filling. In the future, I will not add the 1/2 c. crust mix to the filling because I think that is why it was somewhat dry. I added 1 C quick oatmeal and 1 C chopped nuts to the reserved crust for the topping. Offered it to my husband and he loved it and was very surprised to find out it was zucchini squash. Whenever squash is mentioned, he pretends to regurgitate. Rude! I am taking this to church potluck tonight and will serve it with ice cream!This is an excellent recipe."
"made this yesterday and it is very good. However, my only objection it took almost an hour to cook, even though I sliced thin as someone else had suggested. I also put it in a 9x13 pan. Friends really liked it. I also baked it a little longer to brown a little better.I also used the 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and the 1 cup butter. Worked just fine for the 9x13 pan."
"I make a Zuchinni Pie that everyone who has tasted it thought it was apple pie.....so this must be good."
"I baked this cobbler this afternoon per the recipe - no changes. Fit perfect in the jelly roll pan - no problems. My husband's comment "it's really good" so looks like it's a keeper. I will need to freeze a big portion of the cobbler since there's only the two of us to eat it. The prep time was longer -- takes awhile to peel, seed & chop 8 cups of zucchini so 35 minutes isn't true. Plus cook the zucchini 20 minutes. I baked mine about 40 minutes. Will definitely make again"
"Wow! This is amazing! It surprisingly does taste like apples. I'll be making this over and over again."
"My husband and I loved it! It does taste lie apples. What a nice way to use up an abundance of zucchini. Am always looking for more ways to use zucchini and this is a keeper. Like others, I will reduce the proportions in the crust to 3 c. flour, 1 1/2 c. sugar and 1 c. butter. Felt like I had too much crust for the amount of filling. I will be making this again!"
"Good, my husband thought it had apple in it."
"I made this delicious recipe and my husband thought he was eating apple pie! Definitely will be making this one again!"
"Amazing!!! Had so many compliments & wanting the recipe! Tastes like apple cobbler!"
"Hmmm...don't think my review went through the first time.The zucchini had a lovely texture and taste--a great imposter for apple filling. My family loved it."
"Okay...I have to admit it. I was a bit skeptical when I saw this recipe. Zucchini plays well in bread, cookies, and in a few other sweets, but a cobbler.I couldn't stand it--I had to leave a dab of filling in the bottom of the pot so I could sample it. IT WAS AMAZING! Very close to an apple's taste and texture.My family loved it."
"Wow, this is so good. I made it for family and they all thought it was apple! Totally surprised it was zucchini. A keeper."
"This tasted a lot like apple cobbler. I found I needed a larger pan as it wouldn't begin to go in a 15x10. Also would use apple pie spice &cut back on the cinnamon--there was an after taste from so much cinnamon. All in all, a very good way to use up some zucchini."
"Truly delicious! Everyone thought I made it with granny smith apples. I ran out of lemon juice so I used half lemon and half lime juice and it turned out great. I will definitely make this again. I found the recipe because I was trying to figure out what to do with an overgrown zucchini! Even zucchini haters have a new found appreciation for it! I could honestly just eat the filling for a healthier dessert."
"Big hit with us."
"I have been making this same recipe for a couple of years now. All love it and no one believes it's zucchini."
"AMAZING!! Nobody could believe it was zucchini. Making it again today."
"I am anxious to try this recipe for a neighbourhood party, but I am allergic to lemons (give me migraines). Has anyone tried it without the lemon?"
"The Best use for an abundant zucchini crop, no one believes its made with a squash......."
"I made this 3x's now. I used gluten free all purpose flour. And I used coconut sugar and xylitol for the sugar. It is yummy, and is a good way of using them zucchini up that grew too big."
"Amazing! Took to a preschool picnic and the entire pan was gone within minutes. With excessive amounts of zucchini coming out of our garden this summer, I have made this recipe many times. Even my young child requests it. No one ever guesses it's all made from zucchini (they swear it's apple)!"
"Delicious dessert that was a huge hit at work. Nobody could believe it was zucchini! Only change I made was in using a 9x13 cake pan."
"I have been making this recipe for YEARS! Great recipe for a bumper crop of zucchini. Because I have a garden which yields tons of this veggie, I make many batches of the zucchini filling, freeze it, and then defrost for a quick dessert all winter long. All you have to do is make the crust. Everyone loves this!"
"I loved this recipe my wife made it for all the family they loved it."
"I loved this recipe...and NO ONE could believe it was zucchini....I did cut the sugar in crust to 1 1/2 cups and to 2/3 for the filling. I increased the lemon juice to one cup and used 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon..(I dont like nutmeg). Also added chopped walnuts....serve warm or cold...it is just GREAT!!!!!"
"Fantastic flavor! Though I used a 9x13 pan, and didn't cook my zucchini over much, which left me with good chunky texture. I also added some allspice and powdered ginger. A definite keeper!"
"She is correct: this is an easy recipe and tastes like apples. The crust is yummy."
"Shared this with several neighbors and they all LOVED it as well as those in my family. Husband thought it was apples!"
"This recipe was great. I think next time I make it I will use more zucchini filling!!"
"I was skeptical and thought there was no way that this could taste like apple. I was wrong! These bars are the answer to an over abundance of zucchini. Yummy! Even my kids (who hate zucchini) gobbled them down!"
"The texture and taste of this recipie is just like apples!!! Everyone in my family that tried it, LOVED it and wanted more!!!!"
"My husband did see the recipe card while I was cooking and made a weird face as zucchini are certainly not his favorite. When I served the cobbler warm with ice cream, he gobbled the whole thing with a smile on his face saying he would never have guessed what it was. Needless to say he was quite apprehensive after seeing what was in it. I would definitely reduce the proportions for the crust to 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter. Turned out wonderful!"
"Loved this recipe and it really does taste like apple pie. Next time, however, I am going to reduce the crust/topping mixture to 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1 cup butter as I had about 1 cup left over. I also accidently added the cinnamon into the crust mixture, but I think it turned out better this way. And I recommend slicing the zucchini thin as some of my bigger pieces remained crunchy. Overall this is a great recipe and a great way to use up zucchini! (And a great way to trick people, lol.)"
"I made this for a Zucchini Cook-off we had at work. It won the "I Can't Believe It's Zucchini Award". The shortbread crust was divine. Thanks for sharing!"
"this is so delicious! we had so many zucchinis in our veg garden and i was looking for a good way to use them. everyone in my family loved it and it was and easy one to make. highly recommended. i added some oats on top to and it tasted great!"
"This recipe was AWESOME!!! Good way to get veggies. Definately tastes like an apple pie."
"Next time to cut calories, I won't use as much flour, sugar or butter in the crust. There was too much crust left for the topping. I didn't feel it came out nearly as good as the picture because of it."
"I did not make the whole recipe but, one fourth of each ingredient(since there is only two of us) It turned out delicious. I served it with whipped cream.A GREAT way to use the zucchini.I will definitely make it again."
"I made only 1/2 recipe, wasn't sure it would be as good as reviewed, was i wrong, i should have doubled the recipe, i it to work today with a note, for everyone to try and piece and then tell me what they thought it was, not one person knew, they all swore it was APPLE something"
"One piece is 337 Calories! WOW!!"
"Don't want to write a review, but am wondering why it is called a cobbler. It looks more like bar cookies."
"I decided to try this recipe because of therave reviews and I was not disappointed.....my boys do not like zucchini and were pleasantly surprised bythe "apple" cobbler....couldn't believe theyate something they didn't like......great recipe......will make again."
"I have been making this recipe for 20 years and it has fooled many people into thinking it was made with apples. It was published as Zucchini Sqaures."
"Absolutely delicious. No one would know that the filling was zucchini. I am about to trick my friends and family with this dessert."
"ALLERGIC TO APPLES? Who needs them when you have this DELICIOUS recipe. My grown kids were making fun of me when I was whipping this up, telling me to give the zuccini a rest, etc.....I told my one daughter who is allergic to apples that she would be thanking me when she ate this but I didn't tell her why. First taste and she starts screaming that it is just like apple pie!!! she couldn't believe it and was thrilled, said I now have to make it for Thanksgiving dessert so that she doesn't feel left out! Great recipe!"
"my sister and I decided to try this recipe when we had an abundance of zucchini. The entire family loved it including my four yearold daughter and dad who isn't even fond of zucchini.great recipe!"
"My husband thought it was apple cobbler and loved it!!!!"
"Holy CROW is this delish!!! My kids have no idea it's not apples! And I'm not telling them (yet). I will DEFINITELY be making this again!"
"I made this using splenda and half wheat and half white flour. Turned out great and received a lot of compliments. I will make again."
"I made this using splenda and half wheat and half white flour. Turned out great and received a lot of compliments. I will make again."
"I HAVEN'T MADE THIS BUT IT IS A LOT LIKE THE ZUCCHINI CRISP I MAKE ALL THE TIME. PEOPLE JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT ISN'T APPLES. JUST TODAY I HAD SOME BIG ZUCCHINI AND I PEELED AND SLICED THEM AND PUT THEM IN A PLASTIC BAG AND FROZE THEM. THEN I CAN HAVE A CRISP THIS WINTER. I THINK I WILL MAKE THIS RECIPE TOO. I MAKE LOTS OF THINGS OUT OF ZUCCHINI IN THE SUMMER. THE ONLY THING I DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE RECIPE IS THE 1 1/2 CUPS OF BUTTER THAT IS IN THE CRUST. I TRY TO FIND WAYS TO MAKE THINGS HEALTHIER. PHYLSKIL32"
"Took a chance on this for tonight's speech/debate group dinner - and it was AWESOME!!! What a great way to put to use a bumper crop of zucchini!!!This is addicting! SO glad I found this recipe!"
"Great recipe. Everyone at home and work LOVED it. This will be a staple in our home during zucchini season. YUM!!!"
"fabulous. I only made a half batch and cooked it in an 8x8 pan for 35 minutes. My husband has had several pieces and still calls it apple cobbler. I'm not correcting him, yet. He hates zucchini."
"This is really good! I was hesitant to make it. I had so much zucchini that I needed to do something with it! I am glad I tried this and will make it again! I will probably even try it with some that I have frozen this winter. My husband even really liked it, and enjoyed a piece for breakfast this morning! Try it…you’ll like it too!"
"This has now become a staple in our house. With our first real bounty of zucchini coming from our garden, I had to find ways to use it up. This recipe is perfect for those huge zucchinis you didn't see to pick in time. Not only does it use up your big zucchinis, but everybody loves it! It makes a very big batch however so unless you're baking for a crowd, I would cut this in half. I don't even skin or seed the zucchini but rather grate the whole thing in my food processor. I even made extra of the zucchini cobbler filling and canned it to make in the future when we don't have our delicious zucchini coming from the garden anymore. Now we will never be without the fixings for this recipe!"
"A lady made this at work and everyone thought it was apple- great way to sneak in a few extra vegetables! YUM!"
"Oops, that was "my kitchen smelled (no spelled) of apples)."
"This cobbler is really quite good. My kitchen spelled of "apples" cooking. My husband had no idea he was eating zucchini (which he hates); he was shocked when I told him. Initially, I found this recipe, as written, too sweet. When I made it a second time, I reduced the 1 cup sugar measure to 2/3 and the 2 cup measure to 1 1/2. I found this better and not overwhelmingly sweet."
"Loved it and the best part it used 8 cups of zucchini!!!"
"Maybe I did something wrong, but the flavor wasn't quite what I expected. Will try again, as dtr really liked it."
"My children 13, and 10 enjoyed this dessert also. We liked it best warm with a little milk on top or vanilla ice cream! Thanks, for the new way to use Zucchini!Kerry of Mio, MI"
"THIS COBBLER TASTES EXACTLY LIKE APPLES. I TRIED THIS RECIPE LAST SUMMER AND SINCE THEN HAVE GIVEN OUT THE RECIPE AT LEAST 30 TIMES. MY HUSBAND KEEPS GIVING OUT SAMPLES FOR EVERYONE TO TRY."
"This was a yummy desert and everyone asked for the recipe. I plan to add it to my favorites.I would like to note that I had to cook the zucchini for 45 minutes to get it tender."
"This recipe has appeared in your magazine a few times in the past several years. It has been a hit in our house since my children were very little and they are now all thirty something! No one believes it is zucchini. I even can the mixture now for a quick winter dessert."
"I have not made yet. Can you use Splenda instead of all the sugar?"
"I agree that this recipe is perfect for the overgrown or too many zucchinis. My 3 vegetable picky kids LOVED it.Although it's not exactly "healthy" with the loaded sugar and butter... I will make again. I did try to use "lite" butter and the dough was very sticky to press in the bar pan. I had to use wax paper to assist. The dough after being cooked just wasn't the same consistancy as using real butter.I added 1/2 c. of walnuts which was a nice touch."
"this is excellent will make again very soon"
"This was a big hit!!"
"Since I found this recipe, I've made it at least 4 times. It's great!!! Thank you."
"I didn't find it to be soggy at all. In fact, we just finished it, 5 days after I made it, and it was just the same as the day I made it! It was very good! Tastes just like Dutch Apple Pie.dkb"
"This was a great recipe. The family loved it including the grandkids. I added 1/4 Teaspoon of ginger and 1/8th teaspoon of Mace.Steve"
"This recipe was good, however it was only good when it was fresh. The next day it was a soggy mess."
"I have been overwhelmed with zucchini from the garden this year and wanted to try new recipes. This was absolutely delicious and my family was SO surprised that it wasn't apples in it! Very good! One I will make again!"
"Great way to use up 8 cups of Zucchini--plus it really tastes like apples!! My neighbor could not believe there were not any apples in the recipe!"
"My family was amazed that the filling was zucchini and not apples. I will make this again.SheriR"
"What a WONDERFUL recipe!! We cook every Wednesday night at Eagles Club and I took it there!!! OHHH the requests for the recipe!!!"
"What a great way to use up those "overgrown" zucchinis!"
"this recipe really caught my attention - such a unique/creative way to use up zucchini! prepared the dessert using organic zucchini from our CSA box - it was a total hit. everyone helped themselves to more than one serving! i will definitely make this again."
"I made this for the 1st time & brought it into the office. I work in a Dental office with 15 Dr's. They all gave it a 5 Star and couldn't believe it was made with Zucchini. Definately a Keeper. I can't wait to make it for my 5 kids."
"Taste like an apple cobbler. I can't wait to take to the family Reunion. Very good."
"It really does taste like an apple dessert. Very Good. Everyone enjoyed it. Great way to use the summer's zucchini."
"I took this to church and received lots of recipe requests and compliments. Most people were surprised to find out that is was Zucchini and not apple."
"cut it in half and freeze the rest...should freeze well. Sounds yummy, can't wait to try it!"
"I made this and it was wonderful. Actually tasted like apples! I used margarine instead of butter."
"I would love to try this ! I need a scaled down version for 2 people..."