Ritz- Mock Apple Pie

My mom has been telling me for YEARS about a fake/mock apple pie made out of Ritz crackers. Yeah. Sure. Sounds GREAT! Not. But, last weekend as part of the dessert smorgasbord for Thanksgiving… there it was. She found the recipe and made us one. Evidently it’s somewhat famous… I now know why. It honestly tastes fabulous.  I  just kept saying “Really? crackers? WHO thought this up? It’s delicious. Really, mom? Just crackers?” So, in case it’s new to you… here is the recipe. I seriously suggest you try it.







2 cups sugar

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 3/4 cup water

Zest and 2 tbs. juice of lemon

1 package ready to use pie crust

36 Ritz crackers, broken up

2 tbs. butter, in small pieces

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

pinch nutmeg


Mix sugar and cream of tartar in medium saucepan, gradually stir in water. Bring to a boil on high heat. Then, simmer on low for 5 minutes.

Sir in lemon juice and zest. Heat oven to 425. Roll out one crust on lightly floured surface to 11 inch circle. Place in 9 inch pie plate. Place all cracker crumbs and pieces in cruse, pour sugar syrup over crumbs. Top with butter pieces, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Roll out remaining crust to 10 inch circle. Place over pie. Seal and flute edge. Cut several slits in top crust. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.


  1. That looks delicious! Now I need apple pie at 10:30 at night :)

  2. its so easy even a dumbo like me could try it. Thanks.

  3. Looks delicious. I cannot believe it was made out of Ritz crackers!

  4. Really? Crackers? 😉 I so need to try this!

  5. wow..interesting, sounds and looks great!

  6. Looks interesting…but where’s the “apple” part? :)

  7. that looks sooooo good!!!

  8. I haven’t seen this recipe in years. I’m going to try this. Thanks for posting it.

  9. How cool! I’m going to have to try it just to see what it tastes like :)

  10. Sounds amazing. I’ve heard about this over the years as well, but similar to you always disregarded the Ritz apple pie as a an urban housewife myth. However, after reading this post I think I might actually try this!

    Anyway, I am a new follower through the FNF blog hop and look forward to checking out more of your welcoming blog that looks like is full of great tips and offers!

    Rachel :-)

  11. I am a little nervous to try this, i cant imagine it tasting anything like apple pie

  12. I have to try this! Curiosity has got the best of me now! I am going to share this-on Pinterest because it is definitely interesting. :)
    Angela Michels

  13. Stephanie says:

    this looks really good