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Mock Apple Pie Squares Recipe

Mock Apple Pie Squares Recipe

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 YIELD:32 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set remaining crumb mixture aside.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional 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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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 269863
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8978375 257603
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8762341 249667
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1952741 166206
Reviewed 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 User ID: 675456 96341
Reviewed 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 User ID: 141506 166666
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4174346 96340
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1931124 154492
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4891378 166204
Reviewed 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."

JBorgie User ID: 1441501 166657
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"The picture shows a topping that doesn't appear to be included in the recipe. Whattup? What are others using?"

lindajoynes User ID: 4659996 166203
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"I would have to change the crust recipe; use a lower fat and calorie recipe! And must use sugar substitute and half the walnuts and raisins; and toast the walnuts first! I bet it is tasty; like the mock apple RITZ pie recipe using NO apples!"

Lynsue User ID: 4504275 166202
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"I've made this before and everyone was surprised there were no apples, very good. I have 2 picky people in my family and have done a few of these fake-outs, now they are afraid to try my recipes even though they are always good."

Halfways User ID: 1025770 128916
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"I just have to add...I won first place with this great tasting dessert...and everyone wants the recipe.These are definately a winner!!"

Halfways User ID: 1025770 166201
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"I heard from my sister that my aunt made this for the family reunion and EVERYONE raved about I'm going to give it a go for our Zucchini Fest dessert competion. Thanks..According to family it rates a blue ribbon."

ljh529 User ID: 1728644 152291
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2008

"Made this last summer and took it to a bake sale. Got raves from those who tried it! I omitted the raisins. ljh"

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