• 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 unbaked pie shells
  • 36-40 Ritz Crackers
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 2 tbsps. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tbsps. butter, cut into small squares

My husband was fortunate enough to have his Granny live with his family when he was growing up.  She was a wonderful cook and this pie was one of his favorites. We could not find her recipe, but I was able to find this one on-line.  I think this is the original recipe from the Ritz cracker box, which is the one that she used.  No one ever believe’s there aren’t apples in this dish because it tastes just like apple pie…….I wonder who in the world came up with this recipe?


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, and cream of tartar.
  3. Bring to a boil, add zest of lemon and lemon juice, stir to combine.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, cool.
  6. Place one crust in pie pan.  Break Ritz crackers into the pie shell.
  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and butter over the crackers.
  8. Pour cooled sugar mixture over the top of the crackers.
  9. Place 2nd crust over the top, trim excess and pinch together.
  10. Make slits in the top for steam to escape.
  11. Bake 30-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Note:  I add 1 tsp. vanilla extract to the sugar mixture.