- 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. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Reviews forZucchini Dessert Squares
"You would think you are eating a baked apple dessert....you gotta try this! It is awesome warm and good after it cools...just like apple pie is. (If you are a vanilla ice cream on warm pie kind of person).I made the crust mixture and then I added about 3/ 4 cup oatmeal to the crust mixture that was set aside to put on the top.You will need 2 BIG zucchinis to make a 9 x 13....you can cut recipe in half and make 8 x 8."
"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"!!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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..."
"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!!"