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Mock Apple Pie

Mock Apple Pie is a recipe that has been sitting in my recipe box for a long time.  Actually this recipe was one that was in my Grandmother’s collection.  I don’t know why I put making this pie off for so long.  It was right up my alley, it is a fun recipe, it has “unusual” ingredients, but it tastes amazingly like apple pie.  So you might be asking yourself why in the world is this called “mock apple pie”, well it has no apples in it.  This is a recipe from Ritz crackers.  Ritz crackers are what makes up these apples.  This pie is made just like an apple pie, with the exception of the apple pie.  A sweet syrup is made, and the crackers are seasoned just like you would an apple pie.

fake apple pie

I had more fun with this recipe when I brought this into work.  I simply set it out on the counter where all food goes, and as people got a slice of pie I asked them what type of pie is that, most everyone said apple pie.  I told them no, it wasn’t apple pie.  Everyone looked really surprised when I told them it was Ritz crackers.  Then I got asked for the recipe.  So, this isn’t my original recipe, this is a recipe that I believe was originally posted on the back of many boxes of Ritz crackers.  I hope you enjoy this pie, its easy to make, and it tastes really good.

Mock Apple Pie

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  • Recipe Type: Dessert Recipes, Video
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:35 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Mock Apple Pie

Fool your friends and family with this mock apple pie, it really tastes like apple pie.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 unbaked pie shells, or 1 package of refrigerated pie crust dough
  • 36 to 40 Ritz crackers
  • Zest of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons of butter cut into small pices


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium sized sauce pan combine water, sugar, and cream of tartar, bring to a boil.  Once the syrup begins to boil add the lemon juice and lemon zest.  Stir lemon juice and zest into syrup in the mixture, reduce heat to low, and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, after 15 minutes allow syrup to cool.

Place one pie crust in a pie pan, and then break crackers into the pie pie shell.   Pour syrup over the crackers.  Sprinkle cinnamon over crackers, and sprinkle over nutmeg over the crackers.  Top with pie shell with remaining pie crust.  Pinch together crusts and then trim off excess pie shell.  Make a couple of slits in the top of the pie so the steam can escape while cooking.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pie crust is golden brown.

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  • Mary Musgrave

    I assume the butter goes on the top of the cracker mixture before the top crust? Didn’t see the reference in the instructions.

  • Nita

    Stephanie, Made this pie today and yes it taste like apple pie. Don’t know what I did wrong but you have to eat it with a spoon. I went over the recipe and some others and I was right on with ingredience. I don’t understand why its runny.

    • Stephanie Manley

      It may have needed to cook a little longer. The way ovens sometime cycle through heat means your pie isn’t cooking at the proper temperature 100% of the time. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. If the pie is still warm the sauce may thicken some during cooling.

      • Nita

        Thanks for your quick response. I never give up so I will try again until I get it right. For now I will put it in a cup and serve with a spoon!! It is amazing how it taste just like apple pie.

  • guest

    it really does taste like pie!!!! i think i added a little too much cinimon thoughh

    • stephaniemanley

      It is really surprising how much this tastes like an apple pie.

  • ohyoucook

    I grew up on Ritz Cracker Pie. It was great when real apples weren’t available, back in the Dark Ages of my youth.

    • stephaniemanley

      This pie is surprisingly good. I really enjoyed this pie, and all of my co-workers were completely surprised.

  • Fran

    That’s funny. I stumbled upon a recipe for Mock Apple Pie online the other day and considered making one to try it out. Yours looks great!

  • Fran

    That’s funny. I stumbled upon a recipe for Mock Apple Pie online the other day and considered making one to try it out. Yours looks great!

    • stephaniemanley

      Well I have to say these crackers make for a great substitute.

  • John

    This crust looks amazing! A friend made pecan pie for me over the weekend (see pic – and I pretty much licked the plate clean. So, I am going to suggest this recipe to her for my next visit!