Mouthwatering Nutcracker Pie Recipe for the Holidays

The Nutcracker Pie Recipe is a dessert that combines the classic flavors of pecan pie with the unexpected twist of Ritz Crackers. As a professional chef, I’ve constantly experimented with ingredients to create novel dishes but this pie stands out for its unique combination of sweet, salty, and crispy all in one bite.

The recipe is simple to follow even for novice bakers and takes only about an hour to bake. It makes an excellent addition to any dessert table and is perfect for occasions when you’re looking to surprise and impress your guests.

Whether you’re in the mood for a new spin on Thanksgiving pecan pie, or need a dessert that can satisfy your sweet tooth yet keep you wanting more, the Nutcracker Pie recipe is one you do not want to miss out on. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Nutcracker Pie
Nutcracker Pie

This Nutcracker Pie Recipe is more than just your average pecan pie. It is an iconic dessert that has been a cherished family recipe for years, passed down through generations. It’s the perfect combination of sweetness and nuttiness that will satisfy any craving.

What sets this recipe apart from other pecan pies is the use of Ritz crackers as a binding agent for the filling. The result is a unique texture that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Additionally, the maple syrup and brown sugar add a hint of complexity to the sweetness, making it irresistible.

Have you ever tried adding Snickers candy bars to your pecan pie? With this recipe, you can create a deliciously indulgent Chocolate Nutcracker Tart or a Bar Cookie Pie by incorporating those sweet treats into the crust or filling.

Not only does this recipe taste amazing, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can switch up the nuts and add in cranberries for a Honey Pecan and Cranberry Pie or go for something more boozy with a Bourbon Pecan Pie. Whatever variation you decide on, one thing is for sure: the Nutcracker Pie Recipe provides endless possibilities for creativity in the kitchen.

Whether you’re serving guests at your restaurant or whipping up this homemade dessert for your loved ones, this recipe is sure to please everyone’s palate. So why not try out this delicious Nutcracker Pie Recipe? Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 A slice of Nutcracker Pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top is the perfect holiday treat.
A slice of Nutcracker Pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top is the perfect holiday treat.

Here is a complete list of everything you will need to make Nutcracker Pie:


  • Ritz Crackers: 4 cups, crushed
  • Brown Sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Butter, melted: 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp


  • Granulated Sugar: 1 cup
  • Corn Syrup: 1 cup
  • Eggs: 3, beaten
  • Pecans: 3 cups, chopped
  • Butter, melted: 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla Extract: 2 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Egg Whites: 3
  • Maple Nutcracker Sweet (or your choice of sweet syrup): 1/3 cup

Optional Toppings

  • Whipped Cream
  • Crushed Snickers Candy Bar
  • Chocolate Chips

The Recipe How-To

 The golden crust of this Nutcracker Pie will make your mouth water.
The golden crust of this Nutcracker Pie will make your mouth water.

Now onto the exciting part, the recipe! Here’s how to make my Nutcracker Pie Recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine crushed crackers and melted butter until well blended. Press mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie crust.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, baking powder, beaten egg yolks, corn syrup and vanilla extract until well blended. Add chopped pecans and mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold into the pecan mixture until everything is well blended.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared pie crust and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until filling is set in the center.
  6. Once it’s done baking, remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

Congratulations! You have now made a delectable and delicious Nutcracker Pie!

Substitutions and Variations

 Freshly toasted pecans add a crunchy texture to this Nutcracker Pie.
Freshly toasted pecans add a crunchy texture to this Nutcracker Pie.

When it comes to baking, there’s nothing wrong with getting creative and switching out some ingredients or adding new ones. Here are some substitution and variation ideas for this nutcracker pie recipe that will add a new twist to the classic dessert.

Instead of using crushed Ritz crackers, try swapping them out with graham cracker crumbs or vanilla wafers for a different texture and flavor. You can also mix in other types of crushed cookies or biscuits for added crunch.

For the filling, you can add various flavors and textures by incorporating chopped nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, or macadamia nuts. You can even switch out the pecans entirely for a mix of nuts. A handful of chocolate chips or chunks can also make a nutty chocolate nutcracker tart that will be irresistible.

If you’re looking for something different, substitute the corn syrup with honey, maple syrup or agave syrup to give your nutcracker pie an interesting twist. The syrup will add depth of flavor as well as extra sweetness.

For those who want a little bit of a kick in every bite, try bourbon pecan pie instead of the regular pie filling. Not only will this take the traditional recipe up a notch but it will go perfectly with an after-dinner drink!

Lastly, why not try something entirely different by adding some Snickers candy bars into the mix? As bizarre as it may seem at first glance, these pieces lend themselves well to bar cookie pies that are both buttery and gooey.

No matter what substitutions or variations you decide on, experiment with trial recipes before serving at an important event – this way you’ll be able to find the perfect combination that will have everyone begging for your secret ingredient list!

Serving and Pairing

 The sweet aroma of cinnamon fills the room as the Nutcracker Pie bakes in the oven.
The sweet aroma of cinnamon fills the room as the Nutcracker Pie bakes in the oven.

Once your Nutcracker Pie is baked to perfection and has cooled down, it’s time to enjoy your heavenly dessert creation. Its buttery, nutty flavors generate warm and comforting sensations that are perfect for sharing with loved ones. A slice of this pie would taste wonderful on its own or perhaps paired with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The creamy texture of whipped cream would provide a complementary contrast while also adding an extra layer of creaminess to each sweet bite. Alternatively, the sweet yet savory flavor profile of the Nutcracker Pie can also pair well with a nice glass of cold milk or coffee.

If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to experiment with some more unconventional pairings, another option could be to pair the pie with a snickers candy bar cookie or a slice of chocolate pecan pie torte. These combinations will help elevate the decadence of the Nutcracker Pie while adding new layers of sweetness and satisfaction.

This dish is perfect for holiday gatherings or special occasions, and serves as a fantastic end note for a mouth-watering dinner party menu. Whether you serve it as an after-dinner treat or present it as a show-stopping dessert in your restaurant’s menu, Nutcracker Pie will be sure to delight anyone’s taste buds who tries it.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A scoop of vanilla ice cream melts perfectly on top of this warm Nutcracker Pie.
A scoop of vanilla ice cream melts perfectly on top of this warm Nutcracker Pie.

Preparing the Nutcracker Pie ahead of time can be a time-saver, especially during the holidays. You can make the pie filling and refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to two days before baking it. If you have already baked your pie, wait until it has cooled down to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container. The pie will last up to three days in the refrigerator.

To reheat the pie, place it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for around 10-15 minutes, or until warm. Do not overheat the pie as it may dry out the filling.

If you have leftover Nutcracker Pie, do not worry, it is still delicious even when chilled. Using whipped cream, chocolate sauce or caramel syrup as toppings will enhance its flavor.

This pie is also freezer-friendly. To freeze the uncooked Nutcracker Pie, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. It can be stored for up to three months.

When ready to bake, remove from the freezer and let it thaw in your fridge overnight. Then follow the baking directions as stated before.

Remember that food safety should always be first priority when reheating or storing any meal. Always use clean utensils for serving and storing and check for any signs of spoilage before consumption.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The rich, buttery filling of Nutcracker Pie will have you coming back for more.
The rich, buttery filling of Nutcracker Pie will have you coming back for more.

When it comes to baking pies, there are always some tricks and tips to achieve perfect results. Here are some tips for making the Nutcracker Pie, a delicious variation of the classic pecan pie.

Firstly, make sure you use good quality ingredients. The flavor of the finished product is directly related to the ingredients you use. With the Nutcracker Pie, I recommend using fresh pecans and Ritz crackers. Try to avoid substituting any ingredients if possible- the taste could end up being off.

Secondly, use a glass pie dish instead of a metal one. Glass conducts heat much better than metal and allows the pie crust to cook evenly.

Thirdly, don’t over mix or beat the egg whites when making the meringue topping. Over-mixing causes the egg whites to become dry and lumpy which can ruin your pie’s presentation.

Fourthly, toast your pecans before starting your recipe for an extra layer of flavor. Place them on a baking sheet in an even layer and bake them in a preheated oven until golden brown – around 8-10 minutes at 350F.

Finally, let your pie cool completely before cutting into it. When hot or even warm, the nut filling may ooze out too easily and this could lead to messy presentations! Serve it warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream for a perfect dessert.

Now that you have these tips, you’re sure to impress your guests with your Nutcracker Pie skills! These simple pieces of advice will take your pie-making skills from average to great!

Bottom Line

(Mimicking the style of David Foster Wallace)

In conclusion, my dear food enthusiast, I implore you to indulge in the delightful Nutcracker Pie Recipe. Its sweet and nutty flavors will transcend your taste buds to a world of culinary satisfaction. This recipe is not just a simple dessert but a work of art that pays homage to the humble pecan pie while offering new twists on the traditional recipe.

From its crisp Ritz cracker crust that delivers a satisfying and crunchy bite, to its rich and gooey filling comprised of eggs, nuts, and maple flavors that provide a silky-smooth texture, every bite represents the perfect balance of sweet and savory. The Nutcracker Pie Recipe, as its name suggests, can crack open anyone’s heart through pleasure and comfort.

Whether you’re looking for a dish to celebrate the holidays or a slice of heaven at any given time of the year, this pie recipe satisfies all cravings. You can make slight tweaks to adjust the sweetness or opt for variations such as chocolate nutcracker tart or honey pecan pie.

The Nutcracker Pie Recipe puts together ingredients that make magic happen in our palate. Yes, mixtures are easy, but understanding how each element fits into this overall symphony takes skills and mastery from the hands that constructed it – skills that will leave your guests nodding with approval at your culinary expertise. Trust me when I say that this recipe will guarantee to impress both your loved ones and guests.

Once you finally finish baking this masterpiece of yours, do not even bother getting carried away with storing or reheating instructions because there won’t be any leftovers after one serving. However, maybe-just maybe- you can find yourself picking over the crumbs left on the plate.

Don’t waste another second thinking twice about whether you should bake this Nutcracker Sweet Pie recipe – take matters into your hands and allow your creativity to start flowing. The reward is guaranteed to go beyond what meets your eyes and your appetite; it may even start conversations around other (subpar) desserts like rhubarb or strawberry pies! So push yourself towards excellence in the kitchen and unleash your epicurean potential with this incredible Nutcracker Pie Recipe – it will without a doubt leave you contemplating which recipe to create next!

Nutcracker Pie

Nutcracker Pie Recipe

Kay Williams was a reknown cook at the Linneus Corner School for many years. Her legacy… a pile of wonderful recipes. Hope you enjoy this one!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 207.9 kcal


  • 14 crushed Ritz crackers
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 stiffly beaten egg whites


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Fold all ingredients into stiffly beaten egg whites.
  • Spread into greased pie plate.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Serve with whipped cream.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 56gCalories: 207.9kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 7.9gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 172.6mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 26.1g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Kid-Friendly, Oven, Pie
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