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Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

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This Homemade Graham Cracker Crust is a mouthwatering recipe that’s as easy as pie! Quite literally! It’s a crowd pleaser that goes with all your favorite pies!

 

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There’s nothing better than a buttery golden brown crust crisping up beautifully in the oven! 

It brings the whole family in! And easily turns any simple dessert into your favorite! All no fuss!

This graham cracker crust recipe is incredibly simple. Just three basic ingredients! 

You can whip it up in a flash!

And goes well with no-bake or baked desserts too! It pairs well with pretty much any filling.

Plus that crunch and flavor? Store-bought crusts can’t match!

This graham cracker pie crust recipe is a foolproof way to impress your guests!

 

whole graham crackers in a pie plate

 

What Ingredients Are in Homemade Graham Cracker Crust?

This easy graham cracker crust recipe is so simple! You’ll need:

  • Graham Crackers: Save the broken ones that don’t work for s’mores!
  • White Sugar: Brown sugar works too but I prefer white.
  • Butter, Melted: This holds the crumbs together.

Pro Tips:

  • Use a food processor to blend the graham crackers to fine crumbs. 
  • A rolling pin and a plastic bag will also do the trick.
  • For a unique twist, mix in a handful of digestive biscuits or vanilla wafers.

 

graham crackers crushed in a food processor.

 

How to Make Graham Cracker Crust

Creating your perfect graham cracker crust is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Make the graham crackers fine, sandy crumbs.
  2. Mix the crumbs with sugar in a medium bowl, then pour in the melted butter.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and sides of your pie dish.

Pro Tips:

  • Use the back of a measuring cup to push the pie crust down.
  • The crumbs should stick together but not be soggy. Kinda like wet sand.

 

crushed graham crackers in pie plate

 

Can You Bake a Graham Cracker Crust?

Yes, you can bake graham cracker crust!

That way you can use it for a no-bake filling or for a baked pie.

Your recipe should tell you whether you need to bake it first or not usually.

 

crushed graham crackers with sugar on top added to pie plate

 

Is Graham Cracker Crust Gluten-Free?

Traditional graham cracker crusts are not gluten-free.

Graham crackers are made from wheat. 

But you can easily make it gluten-free by substituting regular graham crackers.

There are gluten-free varieties you can find in most grocery stores.

 

butter drizzled over crushed graham crackers in pie plate

 

How Long to Bake a Graham Cracker Crust?

For a no-bake pie filling, bake your crust for 13-15 minutes at 325°F until it’s golden brown. 

If you’re adding a bake filling, just give the crust a 5-minute head start.

And if your recipe says something different, you should probably follow that.

There’s likely a reason they want it baked the way they do.

 

measuring cup being used to press graham cracker crust into pie plate.

 

What Can I Make with a Graham Cracker Crust?

The sky’s the limit! This buttery graham cracker crust is a perfect base for so many desserts! 

From classic key lime pie and banana cream pie to cheesecakes and pumpkin pies. 

Let your creativity and taste buds guide you!

And if you’re needing some ideas, here are a few:

 

zoomed out image of pie crust in pie plate

 

Can You Freeze Graham Cracker Crust?

Absolutely you can freeze this homemade graham cracker crust recipe!

It’s great for dessert prep!  

Just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

And remember to thaw it at room temperature before filling.

Do this before any big holidays! Then the crust is ready to go when you need it!

Do Graham Cracker Crusts Go Bad?

Yep, even a great graham cracker crust can go bad! Especially if not stored properly! 

Make sure it’s covered or wrapped to prevent it from absorbing other flavors. 

If it starts to smell off or the texture changes, it’s time to bid it goodbye.

Though I could eat this stuff by the spoonfuls! It’s so yummy! It really doesn’t go bad around here! 

 

zoomed in image of prepared graham cracker crust

 

How to Fix a Broken Graham Cracker Crust

Accidents happen, but a broken graham crust can often be salvaged! So don’t fret yet!

If it cracks or crumbles, gently press the crust back together with a little more melted butter. 

Careful not to add too much butter. It can get soggy.

If it’s a minor crack, you can also use leftover crumbs to fill in the gaps. 

A rustic look adds character! It looks kinda good actually!

Why Is My Graham Cracker Crust Soggy?

The main culprit behind a soggy crust is moisture. 

Be sure the crumb mixture resembles wet sand before pressing it into the pie dish. 

You can add more graham crackers if it’s too sloppy.

And if you’re dealing with a particularly juicy filling, pre-baking the crust for 5 minutes is a good idea.

It can create a barrier that helps keep things crisp.

 

side view of graham cracker crust

 

How Long Does Homemade Graham Cracker Crust Last?

A well-made graham cracker crust can last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Just be sure  it’s tightly wrapped or stored in an airtight container. 

If you need it to last longer, freezing is your best bet.

Can You Make Homemade Graham Cracker Crust Ahead of Time?

You can absolutely make it ahead of time! 

Making your graham cracker crust ahead of time is a great way to get all your dessert prep done! 

Simply prepare and press the crust into your pie dish or springform pan.

Then cover and refrigerate it. I think it’s best if you use it within 2 days. Though it can last longer.

If you’ve baked it, let it cool completely before storing.

 

side view of pie inside graham cracker crust

 

Additional Recipes That Include Graham Crackers…

 

Next time you’re planning a dessert, skip the store-bought crusts and go for this easy, buttery homemade graham cracker crust! 

Once you’ve tried your own graham cracker crust, there’s no going back. Enjoy!

 

Yield: 1 Pie Crust

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

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This is the perfect Homemade Graham Cracker Crust! It’s an easy, delicious recipe your whole family will love!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 whole graham crackers
  • 3 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325*F
  2. Blend graham crackers in a blender until fine crumbs
  3. Pour graham crackers into a bowl.
  4. Add sugar and mix well.
  5. Add butter and mix well.
  6. Pour mixture into a 9 inch pie crust and press the bottom and sides into pie plate using a measuring cup
  7. If making a no-bake pie, bake the crust for 13-15 minutes.
  8. Let the crust cool then fill with a no bake pie filling.
  9. If making a baked pie, prebake the crust for 5 minutes.
  10. Fill the crust while warm and bake as the pie recipe directs.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

 

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Tisha

Tuesday 9th of July 2024

Perfect match for all your favorite pies. It's a crowd-pleaser that simplifies your baking and enhances the flavor of your desserts.

Catalina

Tuesday 9th of July 2024

I used your Homemade Graham Cracker Crust for a pie, and it was amazing! The crust was buttery, sweet, and held together beautifully.

Sandra

Tuesday 9th of July 2024

This recipe is very easy to make and so much better than store bought! I love it!

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Tuesday 9th of July 2024

This is my go-to for every pie I've baked! This recipe was so easy to follow and always turns out so much flakier and tastier than anything you can buy at the store! I just loved it!

Krystle Smith

Monday 8th of July 2024

Just made this homemade graham cracker crust for my cheesecake and wow, what a difference! So much better than store-bought. It was super easy to throw together and the flavor was spot-on.

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