A to Z Caramel Crisp

I learn something new every day in the kitchen. I get several magazine subscriptions every month, one of them being Taste of Home. And in a previous month (maybe one last fall actually), I read that if you cook zucchini in lemon juice, you can then use it like you would apples. WHAT???
So, of course I had to try this out. My zucchini are flourishing this year! And you can only keep so much zucchini bread in the freezer. I know many of you freeze the shredded zucchini, but I prefer to bake something then freeze it. Otherwise, I find the plain frozen zucchini turns too watery when trying to use in a dish.
I thought I would make a crisp. I used my traditional crumb topping, but I guess zucchini are much more watery than apples. The “fruit” layer soaked up the crisp layer and made an awesome caramel topping. Not your usual crisp, but then again, not your usual “fruit.” We loved it. I loved it. Now I plan on trying out a cobbler with zucchini. It truly did taste JUST like apples. Enjoy! Oh, and as for the name? A to Z (apples to zucchini)…Michael came up with that one. Thanks love.

A to Z Caramel Crisp

A to Z Caramel Crisp


For the Crisp:

  • 6 cup zucchini, diced (peeled)- for me this was 1 1/2 LARGE zucchini
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice concentrate
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

For the Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. In saucepan, cook zucchini with lemon juice on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. Add 2/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/3 cup brown sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Stir and heat for about 2 minutes. Pour in a buttered 9inch square pan.
  2. In separate bowl, mix 1 1/2 cup brown sugar with flour, oats, butter, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Use hands to combine butter until crumbly. Crumble the mixture on top of the zucchini.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes, until bubbly and caramelized. Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla bean icecream!

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15 comments on “A to Z Caramel Crisp”

  1. zucchini = one of my favorite veggies! I love a good apple crisp, so I’ll be saving this! I didn’t know that about zucchini tho! Learn something new evryday!

  2. I havent tried this…but I take your word ! And who knew? I mean really? Do you have a secret recipe that will make Fish taste like beef?
    I would be all over that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. WOW! I have never heard that before. My zucchini plants are growing like crazy, so I suspect I will have lots of zucchini to try this out on.

  4. oh my gosh – I had no idea that you could use zucchini like apples!!! Amazing idea. Might need to try this as I only have one zucchini plant but am already on my fouth one with lots more on the way!

  5. Looks delish!

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    Simply Delish Saturday

  6. Aimee, what a cool idea! I had no idea you could do that with zucchini. I just happen to have a fridge stuffed with zucchini so I am tempted to try your idea and pawn it off as apple ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love crisp, and this is such a unique combo! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. sounds delish…thank goodness there is a lot you can do with zucchini because once it begins to grow in the garden, there is no stopping it!

  9. OK – zucchini is one of my favorites, and I’ve cooked in it various ways. But a la apples? That I have not! Great work – happy to be visiting your site for the first time to witness this discovery of yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Once again a wonderful recipe from you! Cannot wait to try this. Thanks for sharing it. Come over and visit us. We have a great grilled fruit recipe.

  11. this looks and sounds very yummy come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com and see what I shared

  12. I drool over your creations every week! Thank you so much for linking up with the frog!! I hope you hop over and join me again tomorrow!!

  13. Hey!! Just wanted to let you know that I featured you in a post all about Zucchinis!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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