Monday, April 4, 2016

Vintage Soda Cracker Pie

Today I am sharing a wonderful old-fashioned pie recipe that many grandmothers and grandfathers made back in the day and one that everyone should try and make today - Vintage Soda Cracker Pie. 

I was given this cherished recipe over a year and half ago by a good friend. This easy to make pie has just a few ingredients and is so stinkin' good! I can't believe I waited so long to make this heavenly pie. 

Even though there are Soda Crackers in the pie, you don't taste them at all. This homey desert tastes a little like pecan pie, but not nearly as's just so right.  
After doing some research, I found that this pie is known by a few names - Cracker pie, Ritz Cracker Pie, Cracker Meringue Pie, Ritz Meringue Pie and more. There are also many variations (see bottom of post). This can be made with saltine crackers or Ritz crackers. My friend has even used wheat saltine crackers. Who knew egg whites, crushed soda crackers, chopped pecans, sugar, vanilla and baking powder could make such a magical treat. I love this pie.

Top with fresh whipped cream, fruit and berries or even vanilla ice cream and you have one awesome dessert to serve family and friends. I can see why this is my friend's go-to dessert during the holidays. Thank you, Elizabeth, for such a wonderful recipe. This will be cherished for years to come.  

Note: Some may think Soda Cracker Pie is the same as Mock Apple Pie recipe (I will be making and sharing that classic recipe soon), but the two recipes are different. Both pies are made with crackers, but Mock Apple Pie is made with a double-pie crust, no eggs, cinnamon and more. It tastes like apple pie, but it's made without apples. So intriguing! I have been wanting to try this vintage recipe for years and it's on my list.

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

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease a 9 inch round pie dish (grease well).

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.  

Pour mixture in prepared pie plate. Bake on middle rack of oven for 30 minutes. Cool and top with fresh whipped cream and fresh fruit, like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches and more.  Enjoy!

  • 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 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."

Sharing this vintage pie at Weekend Potluck.

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Crackers make the meringue a little softer. If the Meringue appears to go flat bake it anyway, as it will puff up and be so GOOD!