Ritz Cracker Pie Crust
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March 11, 2014
For a quick and easy pie crust, try using Ritz Crackers and your favorite cream-based filling.
Calories Per Serving
- 1 1/2 Cup crushed Ritz Crackers
- 1/3 Cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
Mix together crackers and sugar. Add butter and mix well. Press into 9-inch pie plate molding bottom and sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until set. Remove and cool. Fill with your favorite pie filling.
Calories Per Serving145
Folate equivalent (total)14µg3%
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Ritz Cracker Crust Atlantic Beach Pie
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Autumn is here. Time for pumpkin spice, apples, cinnamon, pecans and Atlantic Beach Pie. Okay, maybe this is more of a summer pie, but is there anyone out there who wouldn’t serve a creamy lemon lime pie during the holidays? I thought not, so let’s move on. This is a great pie and I am forever thankful to my friend Lisa for recommending it and suggesting I make it with a Ritz Cracker crust.
No Bake Margarita Pie with Ritz Cracker Crust
A light and creamy lime Margarita filling is nestled into a buttery Ritz cracker crust, then frozen. This (almost) No Bake Margarita Pie with Ritz Cracker Crust is truly an easy treat that will help you keep your cool even when the temperatures are at full on sizzle. And since it is virtually no bake (sans a quick toasting of the crust in the oven) you can rest assured your kitchen will keep its cool too.
I know. . .I know. . . long time no see, right?. But I have a good excuse, I really do. My life has been a chaotic mess and that’s probably stating it nicely. Now I know what you’re probably thinking. . .“Come on Lynn, it really can’t be that bad.” Mmmm. . .well I can say that it most certainly has not been peachy. And I can’t help but feel that I am being punished for something that I haven’t quite figured out yet.
You see. . .once I returned from my Utah owl snuggle fest, everything seemed to spiral out of control. Actually, now that I think about it, the spiral started before I even returned back from Utah.
Things started to take a turn for the not-so-fabulous when I was trying to come to terms with the 100 degree plus heat that is “so very Utah in the summer”. My body, being the rebellious little troublemaker that it is, was none too pleased and decided to protest by slamming me with a severe case of the flu. This included uncontrollable chills in said 100 degree weather (is that even seem possible?), 3 days worth of fevers that left me feeling like I had somehow managed to sleep walk my way straight into a carnival dunking booth and sleep-fests that would give Rip Van Winkle a run for his money. This then transitioned into a full on bout of bronchitis. . .which seems to be my body’s choice of grand finales every time it decides it needs a little break from its boring, healthy self.
As I was dragging myself out of bed every morning, leaving my lungs lying about in random locations around my apartment, my little Bengal kitty had decided that his nearly nineteen years on this planet was enough. He passed away in my arms from intestinal lymphoma which had spread to his liver. It was devastating as I barely remembered the time I moved through life without him. Yes, the two of us were truly two peas in a pod.
Just as I was about to snap back into reality & realize that I was now just one lonely pea in a pod and my chief snuggling officer was gone for good, my canine companion became very ill and decided to follow her brother’s lead and cross over the rainbow bridge. So yeah. . .I lost two of my beloved furry kiddos in the matter of a week in a half. . .all while trying to shake off a case of bronchitis that was driving me into the ground.
And if that weren’t enough, the Mr and I received word that the construction on our house was (FINALLY) complete and we should drop everything and call up the Gentle Giants to truck all of our belongings across the bridge and into our very own place. So between hourly sob-fests, I was tasked with scrounging up every box I could get my grubby, little hands on and tossing (gently, of course) each and every one of our possessions (minus the one furry kiddo we had left) into these cardboard vessels.
It’s been a lot. Probably more than I hope ever will be thrown my way at once again. So to practice avoidance (my favorite past time, it seems) and to distract myself from every bit of my life, I managed to sneak in some one-on-one bake time. This almost No Bake Margarita Pie with Ritz Cracker Crust is an end result of that. Okay. . .I realize I said it was “no bake” and you do have to zap the crust in the oven ever so briefly. . .but it still falls within the baking category in my world.
And since summer is coming to a close, I thought it was time I strapped on my big girl pants, ventured back into a “normal” adult world and share this cool beauty with you on this very space.
This No Bake Margarita Pie starts with one of the easiest pie crusts you will every make. It’s simply thrown together with broken up bits of buttery Ritz crackers which add a nice salty compliment to the lime-y margarita filing, if I do say so myself. Besides what’s a margarita without salt, right?
Did I mention that you break up the crackers with your fingers? No fancy equipment needed for this pie crust. As a matter of fact, I think this would be a great way to get the kiddos involved in pulling this tasty treat together.
Speaking of kiddos, I loaded this pie up with tequila for a nice boozy kick. If you wanted to keep it strictly G so that the little kiddos can enjoy a piece or two, you could skip the tequila altogether because the tart and creamy lime filling in this No Bake Margarita Pie is enough to make the taste buds thank you over and over again. For the big kiddos (like my hubby) you might want to give it a couple of extra splashes of tequila.
To top this pie with some fancy pants accessories, I piped some homemade whipped cream on top in the shape of the cutest little mountain peaks. If you are short on time, you could just use some store bought whipped cream and artistically slather it on top of the pie. Or, you could keep the pie naked and skip the whipped cream all together. Because. . .hey. . .the filling is glorious enough to stand on its own.
Well, I’m heading off to Crossfit class (my other distraction) where I surely will be getting my boo-TAY handed to me on a silver platter.
Ritz Cracker Pie
Yes, this easy pie recipe does prominently feature Ritz crackers. Ritz cracker dessert recipes are sweet and full of buttery goodness. Ritz cracker recipes with this kind of flavor are hard to find. Ritz crackers recipes can be sweet desserts.
For more great Ritz cracker recipes, check out the 10 Ritz Cracker Recipes For Any Day Of The Week.
- 3 egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 20 Ritz crackers, crumbled
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Whipped cream
- To stiffly beaten egg whites, add sugar, baking powder, salt, crackers, pecans and vanilla. Crumble crackers by hand for larger crumbs.
- Pour into lightly greased 9-inch pie pan.
- Bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees F. Chill and serve with whipped cream.
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This sounds like one of those old fashioned classic recipes. Those recipes that combine buttery salty Ritz crackers and sugar and pecans are soooo good! I think I'll make this for a work potluck.
This recipe is a real retro throw back. I have never made it myself, but my Grandma use to make this all the time. I know that it might sound odd, as it contains Ritz crackers, but it's actually very good! It's neat because it kind of makes its own crust as it bakes. Super easy and really yummy. I will be giving this version a whirl to surprise my mom! I'm sure she would like to have a taste of Grandma's recipe again.
My mom still makes this pie at 84 yrs old and it's delicious with whipped cream.We also add chopped walnuts and dates to the mixture and it's really good.Try it,it's a real 50's dessert,
I have had the very same recipe since 1962. My grandmother made it and now I make it at least once every 6 weeks. Sometimes when it is still warm, I cover the top with seedless raspbery jam. Then chill and before serving, cover with real whipped cream. It is rich yet fairly light chewy and nutty. Sometimes I use walnuts instead of pecans, or my husband likes apricot jam on his. Even with no jam, its a big hit no matter what!
But how does it taste? is it good?
No crust needed. it sort of makes its own crusty bottom. I also spray pie pan with cooking spray as mixture is sticky. When baked,the top will be fairly firm. Putting on jam or whipping cream will soften top. You can also cover it with pot lid to keep it steamy for a while when cooling it down. Top will then be softer. Hope this helps
I received this recipe as "Soda Cracker Pie" when I was in home ec. back in the dark ages. The Ritz give it a better flavor and You can add 1/2 cup or more of chocolate chips.
@cidergeorge: Yes, you can omit the pinch of salt from this recipe if you would like. Hope this helps! - RecipeLion Editors
Can I omit the pinch of salt since I will be using saled Ritz crackers?
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Mystery Pie (Ritz Cracker Pie)
One thing that vintage recipes tend to do well is take a few very simple ingredients and transform them into something amazing. Like this Mystery Pie! You might know it as Soda Cracker Pie or Ritz Cracker Pie, though those names give away a bit of the mystery. It’s true – it’s largely made up of crackers, which (combined with a few other key ingredients) magically bake into a crustless pie that’s all at once gooey and crispy and so very delicious.
There are only six ingredients in this pie, and since you don’t need a separate crust, that really does mean six ingredients total. The ingredient list is small, but the specific combination of ingredients and the method of preparation are what give this pie its unique texture. You start with egg whites, which you beat to stiff peaks with some baking powder…
… before folding in the cracker crumbs, sugar, vanilla, and nuts.
It doesn’t look like any other pie filling out there, but as it bakes the crackers soften into the whipped egg whites, forming a sort of batter that stays soft in the center, becomes crisp on the edges, and has a little bit of fluff to it.
It’s nutty, it’s incredibly easy to make and while it might be a mystery how some cracker crumbs, eggs, and sugar can come together to form a complete pie, there’s no mystery at all that it’s seriously good eating.
Chewy Crunchy Ritz Cracker Pie
This Chewy Crunchy Ritz Cracker Pie is another of my mom’s recipes from way back that we loved as kids. Using Ritz crackers in a pie sounds strange, but when combined with pecans, egg whites, sugar and a little vanilla it becomes a crunchy, chewy and delicious dessert.
It’s very sweet, but besides the sugar it doesn’t have a bunch of bad-for-you ingredients. A dollop of Cool Whip or your favorite homemade whipped cream will balance that sweetness, so don’t forget to add it.
This recipe also gave me the opportunity to use some more of those wonderful Texas pecans!
The texture is almost a meringue, but the crackers and pecans give the pie a great flavor. Hard to describe – definitely delicious. What a treat!
Chewy Crunchy Ritz Cracker Pie is a great pie for any day of the week or for special occasions. People won’t believe the ingredients, but they’ll ask for the recipe!
We lost Mother in January of 2009, and using her old recipes makes me smile, tear up a little, and think about how special she was. I really miss her and think of her every day.
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Vintage Soda Cracker Pie
- 18 soda crackers, finely crushed
- 3 egg whites
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
In a medium size bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Next, gradually add remaining ingredients (sugar, vanilla, finely crushed crackers, pecans and baking powder), gently folding into mixture. Be sure to gently fold, do not stir or beat mixture.
- It’s best to have everything measured out and ready to go in small bowls before starting.
- After cooling, for a pretty presentation, you can top the pie with fresh whipped cream, leaving about 1/2 inch bare at the edge of the pie so it looks like a crust (store in fridge). Do this if you plan to eat the pie within a day. Otherwise, serve individual slices topped with whipped cream and berries.
A similar recipe can be found on AllRecipes.com. Head over to read the great reviews and tips from others who have made this terrific vintage pie. ‘Soda Cracker Pie’ – “This pie is delicious, with or without a filling. I make it with pecans and serve it with whipped topping and one shake of nutmeg on top. Or I make it without pecans and fill with fruit filling such as lemon filling. I use soda crackers, saltines, graham crackers or buttery round crackers, finely crushed.”
Recipe by: Penilu
Links to Soda Cracker Pie recipes with different variations
If you are looking for your family’s long lost Soda Cracker Pie recipe and the one I shared above is not it, here are more variations to check out:
Soda Cracker Pie from Cuisinart – No vanilla extract, made with walnuts and topped with fresh whipped cream and frozen strawberries (thawed, strained).
Cracker Pie…A Humble Pie from The Meaning of Pie – Made with Ritz crackers, and no vanilla extract. Also included is optional chocolate chips.
Heirloom Soda Cracker Pie from Recipe Lion – Made with 12 soda crackers, 12 dates chopped, brown sugar instead of white and 1 cup nuts.
Cracker Pie from Southern Plate – Made with a deep dish shell pie, 15 saltine crackers, mixed with fruit cocktail and optional nuts (pecans or walnuts).
Raspberry Soda Cracker Pie from Midwest Living – “Meringue, soda crackers, and pecans form a spectacular crust for a filling of whipped cream and berries in this mouthwatering pie.”
Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake with Ritz Cracker Crust
On our 7th anniversary we went on a cruise, and this man that rarely drinks discovered Bushwackers.
I know why. It tastes like a sweet ice-creamy dessert and he’s a huge cake/candy/sweets freak.
Let me break this down for you.
He decided to have a cocktail because we were on vacation. It had to be sweet, because he cannot tolerate the taste of any type of alcohol, so the bartender recommended a Bushwacker. It was either that or a pretty little strawberry daiquiri.
He made that mistake before. It was on our first family Disney cruise a few years ago, and he thought the bartender was being an asshole because when he ordered it he made it extra, extra pretty.
After the first one he was hooked. “OMG it tastes just like ice cream, it’s soooo good, let me have another one.”
…which led to him ordering another one.
…which led to Shea going to a wine tasting on the ship alone and to get her nails done.
He’s so cute when he’s drinking.
We now always keep Bailey’s and Kahlua, etc. in our cabinet, in case he gets in the mood to have his favorite little drink. So, I was feeling a little creative while doing some holiday baking and remembered our bottles in the cabinet.
- 1 ½ cups crushed buttery round crackers
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups sliced sweet onions
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup half-and-half
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper
- ¼ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, mix together crushed crackers and 1/3 cup melted butter. Press mixture firmly into a 9 inch pie pan and set aside.
Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet and saute onions until translucent and tender but not brown. Spread into prepared crust.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, salt, and white pepper. Pour mixture over onions then sprinkle top with shredded cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until center is set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.