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Zucchini Cobbler

This cobbler is my surprise dessert! No one ever guesses that the "secret ingredient" is zucchini. Everyone says it tastes like apples. It's great to make for a potluck supper or to serve a crowd. This zucchini bars recipe has been requested time and again in my house, and I'm always happy to make it. —Joanne Fazio, Carbondale, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 8 cups chopped seeded peeled zucchini (about 3 pounds untrimmed)
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • CRUST:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, cook and stir zucchini and lemon juice until zucchini is tender 15-20 minutes. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir 1/2 cup into zucchini mixture. Press half of remaining crust mixture into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread zucchini mixture over top; crumble remaining crust mixture over zucchini. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake until golden and bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 341 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • KSAlice
    Oct 9, 2020

    Asummer had to have done something wrong because I also followed the recipe exactly as written and it was awesome. My husband was so surprised it was zucchini! He likes zucchini but said he never would have guessed that it wasn't apples. Zucchini has considerable less calories than apples so that is another plus. This recipe was a 5-star for us. Loved it!

  • mimory
    Sep 13, 2020

    Delicious! My grandson is a non-veggie kiddo, and he LOVED this, even asked for seconds! Great idea for using zukes!

  • ASumner12
    Aug 24, 2020

    I would give this recipe a 0 if I could. It was TERRIBLE! I made it exactly as it said and it was so bad that everyone took one bite and had to spit it out. GROSS! The problem was in the crust. It tasted like straight flour. I baked it as it said and I even baked it longer, but the flour just stayed on the top. If I wanted a mouthful of flour, I wouldnand#039;t have gone to so much work! Had to throw it all away!!!!

  • Janet
    Jul 11, 2020

    I cut this recipe in half and baked in a 9”x13” Pyrex dish. It was great; truly tasted like apple. I’m so glad I found this recipe as we are overwhelmed by zucchini from our garden!

  • Miara
    Nov 21, 2018

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  • Madison5
    Aug 18, 2017

    Delicious!! I served this for a family and did not tell them what is was made out of and they wanted to know what kind of apples I used. It is a very good recipe and easy to make. I have made it twice in 2 weeks. I had it warm with a scoop of ice cream and caramel on top. Definitely a keeper.

  • BraceZ
    Sep 23, 2016

    Great recipe, have a similar story as others. Served at a cookout, one guy there never eats vegetables. He asked me if it was apple cobbler. Told him zucchini - he gave me a dirty look....then finished eating it.

  • erinshea1982
    Aug 13, 2016

    We love this cobbler! It's just the right amount of sweet, and perfect with a scoop of ice cream!

  • peligia
    Aug 11, 2016

    Delicious! I have a very picky eater. If he knew it was zucchini and not apple cobbler, he would never have tried it. Now, he tells me "I know it's zucchini and I don't care."

  • bethsmoak
    Jun 27, 2016

    We had an abundance of zucchini and squash which is why we looked for a recipe where we could use some of them creatively. It brought back childhood memories of my aunt, who also had so much zucchini one year that even after canning some, she still needed alternative ways to prepare it. I remember her telling us we should try her "apple" pie. We all thought it was delicious and laughed after she told us it was zucchini! Well, this cobbler was fantastic and several of my children went back for seconds! As for the reviewer who asked about the apples in our neck of the woods... apples are the best when they're in season, and where I live, that doesn't start until the fall. I love being able to use fruits and vegetables in season and since we had so many zucchini delighted that we could use them in this way! Given that we'll be swimming in zucchini and squash for the rest of the season, I'll be making this again!