Cracker Pie

A simple pie with simple ingredients that you can easily alter to suit whatever you have on hand, cracker pie is a win when you need a quick, yummy dessert!

cracker pie

Cracker Pie is a simple pie with simple ingredients and it’s easily altered to suit whatever you have on hand. I like to use a can of drained fruit cocktail but it would also be good with a can of drained pineapple. I use saltine crackers but I’ve heard of other folks using Ritz type crackers. You could also add a little coconut to yours, or use dried fruit instead of canned without having to alter the recipe. When I got ready to make this today, I found I had everything I needed on hand, which is why old-fashioned pies like this have been favorites of home cooks for as long as stoves have been in kitchens.

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Cracker Pie:

ingredients for cracker pie

Recipe Ingredients:

  • A deep dish pie crust
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • fruit cocktail
  • chopped pecans (optional)
  • saltine crackers
  • baking powder

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Cracker Pie:

stick fork in pie crust

Prick your crust a few times with a fork and bake it in a 325 degree oven for ten minutes, or until very lightly browned.

crush the crackers

Crush your crackers. 

put egg whites in a mixing bowl

Place egg whites in a mixing bowl.

beat egg whites until stiff

Beat this with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. You’ll know this has happened when you pull your beater up out of it and a peak of beaten egg white still sticks straight up where your beater was.

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egg whites with sugar and baking powder


These are my stiff egg whites, with my sugar and baking powder dumped on top of them.

Mix this again with an electric mixer until the sugar is well incorporated, about one minute.

add other ingredients on top

Now dump your vanilla, pecans, and cracker crumbs on top… 

add fruit cocktail

Then dump your well drained fruit cocktail.

stir all the ingredients together well

Using a spatula or big spoon or whatever you grab out of the draw first, stir all of that together really well by hand.

pour mixture into baked pie crust

Pour into your baked pie crust.

Bake this at 325 for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.

lightly browned cracker pie

Like this.

Allow the cracker pie to cool completely before serving. This is wonderful as is or topped with whipped cream and a few chopped pecans.

cracker pie

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to savor every moment of your life, just as you savor every bit of a piece of pie. That’s what it’s here for.

cracker pie

Cracker Pie

This delicious Cracker Pie is a simple pie with simple ingredients and it's easily altered to suit whatever you have on hand.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pie
Servings: 4
Calories: 176kcal


  • 1 deep dish pie shell
  • 16 saltine crackers crushed
  • 15 ounce can fruit cocktail of your choice well drained
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Prick bottom of pie crust several times with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in a 325 degree oven.
  • While crust is baking, place egg whites in mixing bowl and beat until still peaks form. Add sugar and baking powder and beat again until sugar is well incorporated, about one minute more.
  • Using a large spoon, gently fold in nuts, drained fruit, cracker crumbs, and vanilla until it is all well combined.
  • Pour into baked pie crust. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Allow to cool completely before serving.


Calories: 176kcal
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Water Pie; Recipe from the Great Depression


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  1. I have a recipe in my Grandmother’s handwritten recipe book for Ritz Pie and it is very similar. You don’t use a pie crust and it doesn’t have fruit cocktail, but everything else is pretty much the same. I think it would be heavenly with the fruit in it too. I just love pie. Let’s just eat pie all the time! Glory!

    1. I’m with you, Jayson! I bought a cookbook from amazon called “Pie Every Day”, and boy does it give you inspiration!

  2. Hi Christy, i never heard of this pie before, but if it taste as good as it looks, it will certainly be worth a try. Thank you!

  3. There use to be a recipe for mock apple pie that used crackers. NO fruit at all. This sounds way better and as usual your recipe calls for things I have on hand. Except for eggs —forgot to buy eggs, Drat ! will have to wait to make it till I go shopping .

  4. Thanks for recipes I am going to try all of them.I make a fruit cockktail pound cake. Christy praying for you and your book I have the first two and waiting for number three. God bless.

  5. Christy,

    I just tried to make the pie with a couple of variations….using what I had in the pantry. I added homemade lemon meyer jam in place of the fruit cocktail…and since I didnt add nuts, i used almond extract instead of vanilla. Everything else I did the same…oh…homemade crust tho. It is cooling now…so we will let you know how it tasted. Thank you for posting your recipe!! This is my first time to your webpage…I’ve bookmarked it ; )

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