Mock Apple Pie

Mock apple pie is a pie that tastes just like apples, but it has ZERO apples in it. Does this taste like apple pie? Yes, it does.

It is a fun recipe, it has “unusual” ingredients, but it tastes amazing 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.

a slice of ritz mock apple pie

This is a recipe from Ritz crackers. The crackers are what makes up these apples. This pie is made just like an apple pie, with the exception of the apples. A sweet syrup is made and the crackers are seasoned just like you would an apple pie.

Mock Apple Pie is a recipe that was just sitting (unmade) in my recipe box for a long time. It was in my Grandmother’s collection and I don’t know why I put off making this pie for so long. It was right up my alley – it’s a fun recipe, it has unusual ingredients, and it tastes amazingly like apple pie.

So you might be asking yourself why in the world is this called mock apple pie? Well, it’s because it has no apples in it.

This is a recipe from a Ritz Crackers box, and Ritz Crackers are used instead of apples. This Ritz mock apple pie is made just like a regular apple pie – you make a sweet syrup and spice the crackers just as if they are apples.

I had a lot of fun making this Ritz Cracker pie and even more fun when I took the pie to work. Everyone thought this was apple pie.

I set the pie out on the counter where all food goes, and as people got a slice, I asked them what type of pie they thought they were eating. Most everyone said apple pie.

Everyone looked so surprised when I told them it was Ritz Crackers. Then I got asked for the recipe!

Super easy to make Ritz Cracker Apple Pie!

This recipe is made with easy to find ingredients. While you don’t need any apples you do need some Ritz crackers, two unbaked pie shells, lemon juice, sugar, and spices turn into an amazing flavor that tastes just like apples.

Here’s a list of ingredients you need to make the pie:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Cream of tartar
  • Unbaked pie shells or 1 package of refrigerated pie crust dough
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Butter
pie shell, ritz crackers, butter, lemon, sugar, and spices

How to Make Mock Apple Pie

  1. You will need to make a syrup out of lemon juice, sugar, and spices.
  2. The crackers are broken and placed into a pie shell along with some pats of butter.
  3. You will pour the syrup over the crackers and butter.
  4. Top with another unbaked pie shell.
  5. You will then bake this delicious pie.
syrup and a pie shell full of broken crackers and butter

Why Does Mock Apple Pie Taste Like Apple Pie?

This recipe tastes just like apple pie because it’s made with the same easy to find ingredients that you would use for a regular apple pie. While you don’t need any apples, you do need some Ritz Crackers.

I hope you enjoyed reading my mock apple pie story and that you have fun making this Ritz mock apple pie. It is easy to put together, and you’ll enjoy fooling your family and friends.

This pie really does taste just like an apple pie. Make this Ritz Cracker pie and let me know what everyone thought about the amazing apple taste!

a slice of ritz apple pie

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Mock Apple Pie

You can fool everyone with this Ritz Cracker Pie, it really does taste just like apple pie. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mock Apple Pie, Pie Recipes, Ritz Cracker Apple Pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 490kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 unbaked pie shells or 1 package of refrigerated pie crust dough
  • 40 Ritz Crackers
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter cut into small pieces


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan 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
  • Remove syrup from the heat and cool it to room temperature.
  • Place one pie crust in a pie pan.
  • Break crackers into the pie shell.
  • Pour the syrup over the crackers.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the crackers.
  • Place the butter pieces on top of the crackers. 
  • Top with pie shell with remaining pie crust.
  • Pinch together crusts and then trim off excess crust.
  • 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.



Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Pat

    My mother made this “pie” on a cookie sheet with more of a cakey crust on bottom and top and a lite lemon glaze on top. We carefully did not stir the crackers once dropped into the syrup. I think we doubled the recipe b/c I remember using 72 Ritz crackers. You had to show people the scalloped edge on the crackers to convince them that there were no apples in it.

  2. Emma

    My husband has been going on and on about wanting a homade apple pie. So i called my mom up and started asking for her recipe, I was completely shocked when she told me about Rits mock apple pie. Can not wait to make it and let my husband try it. Im not even going to tell him what it actually is until he says somthing. What a suprise for everybody! 🙂 will update when i make it.

  3. 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.

    • stephaniemanley

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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