Easy to Make Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

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Aside from the fact that pies with graham cracker crusts are absolutely delicious, the major benefit to preparing graham crusts is they are very easy to make. Perfect for the seasoned pie-maker, pie-newbie, and everyone in between, this graham cracker crust requires only a few ingredients and not much time or effort to prepare. Other than buying a pre-made crust, graham cracker crusts are the easiest to make at home. For those who enjoy making homemade cheesecake, meringue pies, or any creamy pie, this crust recipe is a great go-to!

How to make an easy graham cracker crust
How to make an easy graham cracker crust (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 12 graham crackers (1 ½ cups ground up)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Tip

    • You can use any type or brand of graham cracker, so long as you end up with 1
      ½ cups of finely ground graham.
    • Make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free graham crackers.
    • Omit the cane sugar and use xylitol, erythritol, or sugar-free sweetener of choice.
    • Make the crust vegan by using vegan butter spread in place of the regular butter

Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Preheat

Gather the ingredients needed for the recipe. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit if you're pre-baking the crust. If the pie you're making does not require baking, you can skip the preheating.

Step 2: Grind Up Graham Crackers

Add the graham crackers to a food processor and process until ground into small bits.

Add graham crackers to a food processor
Add graham crackers to a food processor (Image: Julia Mueller)
Grind up the graham crackers
Grind up the graham crackers (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Add Remaining Ingredients

Pour in the melted butter...

Add the butter
Add the butter (Image: Julia Mueller)

...followed by the cane sugar and sea salt.

Add the sugar and salt
Add the sugar and salt (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 4: Mix to Combine

Process the ingredients again until they are well combined.

Process until crust mixture is combined.
Process until crust mixture is combined. (Image: Julia Mueller)

If necessary, stop the food processor to scrape the sides and process again. The mixture should be moist but still crumbly.

Stop and scrape sides of food processor.
Stop and scrape sides of food processor. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 5: Transfer to Pie Dish

Pour the graham cracker crust mixture into a 9-inch pie dish or spring form pan.

Transfer crust mixture to pie dish
Transfer crust mixture to pie dish (Image: Julia Mueller)

Use your hands to press the pie crust mixture into the bottom of the pie dish. You can also use the back side of a flat measuring cup to press the crust mixture more evenly.

Form pie crust by pressing into dish
Form pie crust by pressing into dish (Image: Julia Mueller)

Work from the center outward, pressing the crust mixture half-way to three quarters of the way up the pie dish. Keep pressing and forming the crust mixture until you achieve a layer of uniform thickness.

Press crust into an even layer
Press crust into an even layer (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 6: To Bake or Not to Bake

If you're preparing a pie that will be baked in the oven, you will need to pre-bake the crust. To do so, place the pie dish on the center rack of the preheated oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until crust appears golden-brown. If you are making a no-bake pie recipe, your pie crust does not need to be pre-baked. Simply chill it in the refrigerator for one hour prior to preparing your pie.

Pre-bake the pie crust in the oven
Pre-bake the pie crust in the oven (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 7: Prepare the Pie

Allow the pre-baked crust to cool before proceeding, or if you didn't pre-bake, remove the pie crust from the refrigerator. Add your choice of pie filling. Graham cracker crusts go very well with cheesecakes and creamy, pudding-like pies that are served chilled.

(Image: Julia Mueller)

Proceed by following the instructions of your pie recipe.

Finish your pie according to recipe's instructions
Finish your pie according to recipe's instructions (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 8: Slice and Serve

Once your pie is complete, slice it and serve it up with your choice of toppings. Graham cracker crusts do not hold together quite as well as a traditional pie crust made with flour, so it's normal if you experience some crumbling.

Slice and enjoy
Slice and enjoy (Image: Julia Mueller)

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