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Zucchini Dessert Squares

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Spoon over crust; sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 375° until golden, 40-45 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 337 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Amanda
    Nov 18, 2020

    I never knew zucchini could make such a fabulous dessert. I wanted apple crisp one day but was too lazy to go to the store to get apples. My friend told me to try zucchini, which i, like the OP, had an excess of. A quick google search provided this recipe and I’m thrilled I picked this one. So good! Made it again for a pot luck and they were gone by the end. I had so many ask me for the recipe! By all means, with all that butter it better be good.

  • Jan
    Sep 13, 2020

    This was pretty good, though - I'd rather it be a bit more crunchy. As a base it was good but would prefer a topping with oats and flour. It was still a good way to use up more zucchini, though.

  • ASumner12
    Aug 24, 2020

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  • Frogccl
    Aug 16, 2020

    I made this with peeled, seeded yellow squash - equally delicious!!!

  • TrishtheDish1
    Aug 11, 2019

    I made this for a potluck after finding a humongous zucchini in my garden. I usually don't like to make "mock" dishes (why try to get something to taste like apples, just use real apples), but made this to feed the masses at a picnic. And I needed to do something with the gargantuan vegetable. It did taste like apples, in fact like apple crisp. But why shouldn't it? All of that sugar, flour and...1 1/2 cups of BUTTER!! I made this once, but I doubt if I would again...I just don't see the need. Unless I grow another gigantic zucchini.

  • Naresa
    Jul 16, 2019

    OMG, what a awesome dessert! I took this dessert to a dinner get together, and the host couple thought it was apples, they had NO, clue that zucchini could be made into a delicious dessert, Hit was a BIG hit.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Dec 31, 2018

    Very good. As long as you peel the zucchini, everyone will think this is an apple dessert. Took this to a potluck and all ages loved it.

  • Vicki
    Oct 26, 2018

    I’ve making this since it was first published. That’s over 25 years. I make it every year. Joe, my significant other not big on cakes. This his birthday dessert. I’ve had people who wouldn’t eat anything made from zucchini but would scarf it down.

  • s_pants
    Sep 9, 2017

    I really liked this hot. It is OK cold, but we preferred it hot with ice cream!

  • karenpearl
    Aug 27, 2017

    Had the whole family fooled. They thought it was apples! A great dessert.