Graham Cracker Crust

Make a homemade Graham Cracker Crust with only 3 ingredients. Pair it with your favorite fillings for a delicious dessert!

This sweet Graham Cracker Crust is perfect for filling with your favorites like our Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust. It’s pie perfect in the fall, but also scrumptious in any delicious dessert that needs a crust!

A graham cracker crust pressed into a pie pan.

Homemade graham cracker crust

I love pie. Of course, pie is the star at Thanksgiving, but we love to have pie all year long!

Lemon Icebox Pie and Strawberry Pie are some of our favorite summer treats. While I love a flaky pie crust, there is something to be said for a buttery Graham Cracker Crust. It’s just heavenly! It’s a tasty alternative to a baked crust.

This Graham Cracker Pie Crust is SO easy to make. It’s perfect for all of your no-bake pies and other yummy desserts. So skip the store-bought crust and whip up your own tasty version at home!

Combining ingredients for mixing a graham cracker crust.

How to make graham cracker crust

PREP. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

COMBINE. In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well blended. Press this mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie plate.

BAKE. Bake for 6-7 minutes and let cool completely (about 1 hour).

Other ways to prepare the recipe

This recipe is written out for a baked, unfilled Graham Cracker Crust. This crust can be then used for a nonbake filling or a filling that is to be baked. You can also use this recipe to make an unbaked crust and even mini graham cracker crusts.

  • Un-baked. To use in no-bake recipes, prepare ingredients as directed. Press it into the pan, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before filling.
  • Make it mini. Press the graham cracker mixture into mini pie tins and bake for about 5 minutes.
Mixing ingredients for the graham cracker crust.

All about the Graham

The Graham Cracker is the star of this crust. You can use plain honey gold graham crackers, chocolate graham crackers, or Cinnamon Graham Crackers. You will need 10-12 full graham cracker rectangles to create 1½ cups of graham cracker crumbs.

  • Food processor. The easiest way to make fine crumbs is to use a food processor. Place graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  • Crush in a bag. If you don’t have a food processor, place the crackers in a plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin. 
  • In either case, it is important to crush them to a fine crumb similar to sand. If the pieces are too large, then the crust won’t hold together. If it is too fine, then you’ll end up with flour. 

Add flavor to the Graham Cracker Crust. Aside from the type of graham crackers used, you can include additional spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice to easily change the taste.

Substitute the Graham Crackers with an equal amount of crumbs from other cookies like vanilla wafers, Ginger Snap Cookies, or biscuits.

Fill the best graham cracker crust

This Graham Cracker Crust can be used to make all different kinds of recipes such as Cheesecake, no-bake cream pies, Ice Box or ice cream pie, or Fruit Tart.

Some of my favorite Graham Cracker Crust recipes include:

Press the graham cracker crust into the pie dish.

Recipe Tips

Pie dish. Make this recipe with a glass, ceramic, or metal pie pan. You can also use a springform pan which is perfect when making cheesecake.

Keep the crust from falling apart.

  • It is so important to have the correct ratio of ingredients. Not enough butter or too many crumbs and the crust won’t hold together.
  • Another aspect of getting the best crust is how you press it into the pan. You need to press firmly, but don’t pack it in too hard.
  • Also, if you are making a pie you’ll want to have a rounded inner edge. Gently and evenly press the crumbs into the pie plate, but before you firmly pack it, use the back of a spoon to make a rounded shape around the bottom of the inner crust. 

Keep the crust from getting soggy. Baking the crust will already help protect the graham cracker crust from getting soggy. If you wish, you can add further protection with an egg wash or chocolate layer.

  • Egg wash. In a bowl, whip one egg with one tablespoon of water. Brush a light layer of the egg over the crust before baking.
  • Chocolate. After you have baked the crust, brush a layer of white chocolate or milk chocolate over the bottom of the crust. Let it set before adding the no-bake filling. 

Storing Info

Make ahead of time. Cover the baked, cooled crust and store it in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

Pressed graham cracker crust in a pie dish.

For more delicious pies, try:

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Make a homemade Graham Cracker Crust with only 3 ingredients. Pair it with your favorite fillings for a delicious dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 116 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well blended. Press this mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes and let cool completely (about 1 hour).

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