Mock Apple Pie

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min.


8 servings

Updated: Apr. 27, 2022
My mother made this mock apple pie often during the Depression, and our guests were always astounded that soda crackers could be such convincing apples! —Shirley Hunter, St. Paul, Minnesota


  • Dough for double-crust pie
  • 18 saltines, broken in half
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate.
  2. Layer crackers in shell; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Carefully pour over crackers (filling will be very thin). Cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom crust; flute edge. Bake until crust is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Mock Apple Pie Tips

Can you use Ritz crackers instead of saltines to make mock apple pie?

Yes, you can certainly use Ritz crackers instead of saltines—it's up to your personal preference! Use up the rest of your box with these recipes that start with a box of Ritz crackers.

How do you store mock apple pie?

Store leftovers of this mock apple pie recipe in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

What toppings can you serve with mock apple pie?

Since this pie recipe tastes just like the real thing, serve it warm with a dollop of whipped topping.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Dough for double-crust pie
Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 519 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.