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Mock Apple Pie Squares

No one ever guesses these sweet "apple" slices are made with zucchini. In fact, there isn't a bit of apple in them. What I like about this yummy recipe is that it makes a lot using economical ingredients. —Lynn Hamilton, Naperville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
  • 8 cups sliced peeled zucchini
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press half of the crumb mixture into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set remaining crumb mixture aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring zucchini and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Drain. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/2 cup reserved crumb mixture. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in walnuts and raisins.
  • Spread filling evenly over crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 229 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • LindaSuzanna
    Aug 23, 2017

    This is a great recipe. We found it a little sweet. Need something like this with less sugar.

  • JGa2595176
    Jul 23, 2017

    I have been making this recipe for years, always with rave reviews. It really does taste like apple! Great use of those overflowing garden goodies. Wonderful recipe for a bunch, highly recommend.

  • Lauren
    Dec 3, 2016

    I made the mistake of using grated zucchini that I had frozen over the summer and as a result the texture was not so great (a bit stringy). Next time I'll follow the recipe properly because the taste, though sweet, is really nice. Thanks for sharing :)

  • TAHoHeMA
    Jun 21, 2016

    UNBELIEVABLE!! Try it and you'll be amazed. I still can't believe how good this is. Omitted the raisins, used a handful of walnuts and substituted one cup of whole wheat flour.

  • kayquilt
    Jul 10, 2013

    This is wonderful. I didn't believe it would taste like apple pie but it does. It has a lot of sugar in it but the sweetness is not overpowering like I thought it would be. Definitely a keeper!

  • marishka
    Jul 10, 2012

    I've made this recipe several times now & really love it. You can't tell at all that it's made with zucchini.I took some to work & they loved it .Naturally I had to share the recipe with my co-workers.I love this recipe!YUMMY!

  • DianeC23
    Jul 25, 2011

    Enjoyed these bars. The topping is the same as the crust (answer to a previous question). I left out the raisins and nuts, and the bars turned out fine. Next time, I would slice the zucchini slices in half, too, even though the recipe doesn't call for it. Thanks!

  • mln2603
    Jul 11, 2011

    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! The yummy smell and taste made me think of the Amish. Just reminded me so much of something we would get in Lancaster. LOVE IT!!! I did omit the raisins and walnuts, just my preference.

  • JulMar327
    Oct 11, 2010

    My family thought they were eating apple instead of zucchini. I made a few alterations on my second batch. I substituted Splenda Brown Sugar blend and sugar substitute for the sugar and was very pleased with the results.

  • treazon88
    Aug 21, 2010

    I have not yet made this recipe though it is on the list for dinner tonight. I would like to point out though that no cook temp. is listed it tells you to bake them even for how long but not at what temp.