Faux Ritz Cracker Apple Pie (No Apples)

Faux Ritz Cracker Apple Pie recipe – there are no apples in this pie, but it tastes EXACTLY like an apple pie!! The secret is Ritz Crackers!! Who knew?!?!? Pie crust, Ritz crackers, lemon juice, sugar, cream of tartar, water, and cinnamon. Top with crushed crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Everyone says this is the BEST apple pie they have ever eaten – no one ever knows it is a cracker pie. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel. Make it for the holidays!

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Apple Pie Made without Apples

This Faux Apple Pie is CRAZY! There are no apples in this pie, but it tastes EXACTLY like apple pie!! SO, what is in the pie if it isn’t apples? Ritz Crackers. I know!?!?! My Mom told me about this recipe years ago, and I finally decided to make it last week. Let me tell you, this is SO good. Chicken Legs tried a slice of this pie and was shocked at how good it was. I had to tell him that the pie didn’t have any apples in it.

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How to Make Mock Apple Pie with Ritz Crackers

The original recipe comes from the back of a box of Ritz Crackers. The recipe has been around since the 1930’s. If a recipe has been around that long, it must be good! You might be asking how do crackers taste like apples? It is all due to the chemistry of the cream of tarter in the filling. Cream of tartar has a slightly tart, fruity taste that tricks our tongues into thinking we’re eating real fruit when we’re not. 

To make the pie, start with boiling some water, sugar, and cream of tartar. Add in the crackers and cook for a few minutes. Pour the cracker mixture into a pie crust. Top the pie with crushed crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Pop the pie in the oven and bake.

  • I topped this pie with buttery cracker crumbs. If you don’t want to use cracker crumbs, you could leave it plain or top it with another pie crust.
  • There is no need to thaw or prebake the pie crust before adding the filling.
  • You can make the pie a day or two in advance and store in an air-tight container.
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Apple Pie for the Holidays

We served this Faux Ritz Cracker Apple Pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. YUM! Give this a try for your holiday meal. I promise no-one will ever know that there aren’t any apples in the pie.

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Faux Ritz Cracker Apple Pie

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Faux Ritz Cracker Apple Pie recipe – there are no apples in this pie, but it tastes EXACTLY like an apple pie!! The secret is Ritz Crackers! Who knew?!? Pie crust, Ritz crackers, lemon juice, sugar, cream of tartar, water, and cinnamon. Top with crushed crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Everyone says this is the BEST apple pie they have ever eaten – no one ever knows it is a cracker pie. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel.

Ingredients:

Filling

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 36 Ritz crackers
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 (9-inch) frozen deep-dish pie crust

Topping

  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine the water, sugar and cream of tartar; bring to boil.
  • Drop in whole crackers and boil for 5 minutes. Pour mixture into pie shell; sprinkle with cinnamon and lemon juice.
  • Mix together topping ingredients; sprinkle over pie filling.
  • Bake 10 minutes at 400ºF, reduce to 350ºF and cover edges of pie crust with foil. Bake 18-20 more minutes, or until pie filling has set. It shouldn’t jiggle a lot when moved. Cool before serving.

Notes:

  • I topped this pie with buttery cracker crumbs. If you don’t want to use cracker crumbs, you could leave it plain or top it with another pie crust.
  • There is no need to thaw or prebake the pie crust before adding the filling.
  • You can make the pie a day or two in advance and store in an air-tight container.

Steph

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Comments

  1. Grew up with this recipe Steph! It was in a booklet sent out by the local electric company! That was in the early 60's! Can't wait to try it again using your recipe!

  2. Hi! I've tried many of your recipes and everything is so good. So earlier today I saw this and copied and pasted it (just recipe, not description above) into a word document since I didn't have time to really read it through. So finally read it now and had to look over the recipe twice wondering if you left out how many apples went into it. So went back to this page and read the description now, can't believe there are no apples, lol. I can't wait to try this tonight! 🙂

  3. My mom used to make this when I was a kid. It is so weird how it tastes like apple pie. The texture is a little different but it is still really good. Thanks for the flashback memories of the 70s lol.

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