Also known as Cracker Pie, this recipe was handed down from my Grandmother. The story goes that when our family first moved to Texas, they were really missing the pie that they’d had “back East”. (this would’ve been around 1844 or earlier, before Texas was a state). So they came up with a recipe using what they had – Soda Crackers and cinnamon. It’s been a family tradition to have this pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas all these years, so I’m glad to be the one baking it for the family now.

Here’s the recipe as it was handed down to me by my Grandma. Soda Crackers = Saltine Brand Crackers. And a hint – DO NOT use low sodium crackers in this recipe. Notice how it doesn’t call for additional salt? The crackers add enough salt so there’s no need for more. There’s another, similar recipe using Ritz crackers, but IMO, this one is the better recipe. Then again, our family has spent generations perfecting it. They should know. :D
1 1/2 Cups Water
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Cream of Tarter
18-20 Saltine Crackers, broken in large pieces
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Dash nutmeg
1/2 Stick Margarine or Butter
1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (use more or less as needed)
2 Uncooked Pillsbury Roll-Out Pie Crusts (1 package)

Preheat oven to 350(F).
Roll out 1 pie crust into 9″ pie pan. Set aside.
Mix water, sugar and cream of tarter in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Add broken saltine crackers. Reduce heat to simmer.
Add remaining ingredients (cinnamon, margarine, lemon juice).
Simmer 2-3 minutes until margarine is melted.
Pour mixture into uncooked pie shell.
Cover with 2nd pie crust.
Vent (poke with a fork); and seal edges (fork tines make a great fluted seal)
If desired, brush with melted butter, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top.
Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 30 minutes.
Allow to cool.

Turn this…..

Into This!

Here's how...

…. broken crackers

…. add to saucepan and simmer

…. add ingredients

…. simmer 2-3 minutes

…. pour into pie crust

…. cover

… vent and flute

(looking pretty now, isn’t it?)

…. bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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