Zucchini Dessert Squares Recipe
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Zucchini Dessert Squares Recipe

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We planted one too many zucchini plants a few summers ago and harvested a lot of zucchini that year. I was looking for ways to use them, and this delicious dessert is the result. —Nancy Morelli, Livonia, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter
  • 8 to 10 cups cubed seeded peeled zucchini (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 337 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly; reserve 3 cups. Pat remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for filling, place zucchini and lemon juice in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cover and simmer for 5 minutes (mixture will be thin).
  3. Spoon over crust; sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 375° until golden, 40-45 minutes. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Zucchini Dessert Squares in Country August/September 1996, p49

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VJHOUSTON1 User ID: 6008945 265266
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2017

"I just made this last night and brought it to work today and it was Fantabulouos!! Everyone couldn't believe it was zucchini because the filling took on the flavor of an apple dish. I cut back on the sugar in the crust to 1 cup, flour 3 cups and butter 1 cup. You won't be sorry to use less. I am now the "Zucchini Queen"!!"

palfrey User ID: 1136621 252411
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2016

"I absolutely fooled everyone with this recipe. My family and coworkers kept complimenting me on my apple dessert. This is without a doubt a keeper. Delicious. I followed the recipe exactly except I added a little cloves along with the other spices to the zucchini. I will definitely be making this again!"

caclark User ID: 6799140 249546
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

"This is the best recipe for zucchini that I have ever tasted. I love the muffins but everyone loved these. They really do taste like apples. I cut back some on the sugar in the crust (1/2 cup) and think I will substitute two cups of oatmeal for two cups of flour next time. Great way to use all the zucchini we have this year."

radkejen User ID: 8589561 235730
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"My family thought this was an apple dessert. So tasty and a great way to use my summer zucchini. I think that you could cut down on the crust a little, but it was so great! A new family favorite."

CiCiB User ID: 2258133 9949
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014

"I made a half batch of this recipe last night. It worked very well in a 9x9 dish. The filling tasted enough like apple to fool the husband and the texture was tender crisp. I had worried it might be mushy, but was pleasantly surprised. The crust wasn't browned as nicely as I had hoped, but I will make this again!

Thank you for sharing the recipe!"

sugarlou User ID: 197401 201204
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"I love this dessert. I have fooled many people with this one. My only issue is because of the juiciness of the filling, the crest gets really hard. Ohh so delicious though."

GrandmaLovesToCook User ID: 5798281 32594
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"A lot of recipes that call for zucchini, call for 1 or 2 cups. I loved using the 8-10 cups in this recipe!! I did use 1 cup oatmeal and 3 cups flour instead of the 4 cups flour. I used a bit less butter (maybe a 1/4 cup). The whole recipe calls for 3 cups of sugar and I cut it down to 1/4 brown and 1/4 white sugar in the crumb mixture and 1/3 cup white sugar in the filling. For those who don't like too sweet desserts, this still tasted sweet and delicious. It is definitely a make again recipe. My husband knew I was baking with zucchini, but looked really surprised with the first bite. He thought apple... like everyone else..."

tammiesandel User ID: 5586827 201203
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"I usually don't rate recipes, but I had too with this one! AMAZING!!!! I did tweek a few things - taking a suggestion by adding 3/4c oatmeal & reduced the flour by the same & that could have been adjusted a tad more. I reduced the sugar in the crust down by 1/2c also. I couldn't wait for it to cool down before & cut into it & give it a try.....then I went back for another pc! Yes it was that good!! It was a tad sweet for me, & everyone else raved about it. My husband asked where I go the apples from & I told him there weren't any in it.....then he guessed (maybe knowing that I had alot of zucchini & i'm known for sneaking veggies into meals). This is a keeper & you'll know why it won a contest after you try it!!"

eversbeaver User ID: 2223765 12743
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"Tasted JUST like apple cobbler! Great way to use up zucchini. Will be freezing some cubed up for this recipe"

cojon User ID: 1314238 21036
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"Made this recipe yesterday. Halved the recipe as it was previously suggested because there are only 3 persons here. Soooo delicious! There is no way someone tasting this would think it was zucchini, unless they saw you putting it together. The sweetness and tartness are perfect. I went out today and bought more zucchini's."

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