This easy homemade graham cracker crust recipe is the perfect base for any of your favorite pies or desserts! A delicious graham cracker pie crust only takes a few simple ingredients and a few minutes and you will never buy store-bought crust again.
This recipe is so easy you will wonder why you have been buying those pre-made graham cracker crusts from the store all along. It is the perfect base for pudding pies, cheesecakes, ice cream pies, cream pies, or really any homemade pie you love. Just add your favorite pie filling!
And who doesn't love a scrumptious pie? This is the perfect crust for a key lime pie, lemon icebox pie, or a peanut butter cup pie! It goes perfectly in a no-bake jar pie like my key lime mason jar pie. Don't forget a creamy classic cheesecake too!
Why you’ll love this Graham Cracker Crust Recipe!
- Versatile: This crust has endless possibilities! Pies, no-bake desserts, cheesecake, and tart crusts too.
- Easy Recipe: This really is a crust anyone can make. A few ingredients and you are on your way to a delicious pie crust.
- No-Bake Graham Cracker Crust or Baked Graham Cracker Crust: The same recipe can be used for either.
Now I get the convenience of those pre-made pie crusts and I have been known to pick them up from time to time. But with this recipe, you can whip up your own graham cracker crust in no time.
Better flavor and easy to make ahead of time too! Here's all you will need to get started.
How to Make a Homemade Graham Cracker Crust
✱ Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and instructions!
Step 1 | Crush Graham Crackers
First, finely crush the graham crackers. You can do this by using a food processor or blender to grind them up. If you don't have a food processor (or don't want to pull it out) you can also crush them by placing them in a zip-top plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin, mallet, or even a heavy can will do the trick.
You will need about 10-12 cracker sheets (Different brands have different sized sheets), which will make 1 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs.
Then add the fine crumbs to a mixing bowl.
Step 2 | Add in sugar and melted butter
Next, pour the sugar (and pinch of salt - if not using salted butter) into the bowl with the crushed graham crackers.
For an even deeper flavor try using brown sugar in place of granulated sugar.
Then melt the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl or in a small pot over medium-low heat.
Pour the melted butter over the graham crackers and sugar.
The butter acts as the glue that will hold the crust together! And butter makes everything taste better anyway - right!
Step 3 | Make Graham Cracker Crumb Mixture
Use a fork to toss and mix everything. I prefer a fork rather than a spatula or a spoon as it breaks everything up and really incorporates it together well.
Just mix until everything it is well combined and it is the texture of wet sand.
Step 4 | Press into Pie Plate
Now you are ready to transfer the mixture to the pie pan.
Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. It helps to use something flat, like the bottom of a measuring cup or a glass to help press it in evenly.
Then make sure your sides are nice and pressed into the sides of the pie pan. You may need to use your fingers to firmly press them all around the pie pan.
- For an even deeper flavor try using brown sugar in place of granulated sugar. You can also use powdered sugar in place of granulated sugar for a smoother texture.
- If your mixture isn't the right consistency: If it isn't wet or binding together enough - you may not have enough butter. Just add a little more butter. If it's too wet (you may have too much butter). Then you will want to add a few more crushed graham crackers. You are looking for a wet sand-like texture.
The big decision - do you want a no-bake graham cracker crust or a baked graham cracker crust. Both are delicious and each has its time and place.
A baked graham cracker crust takes the crust and bakes it up into a deeper golden color and allows the sugar to intensify in flavor while it heats up in the oven. It will be a little firmer and crunchy in flavor!
Don't want to turn that oven on in the heat of the summer or just want the convenience of a no-bake crust in this recipe? You still have an amazing-tasting pie crust that is crisp and crumbly with that buttery sweet taste!
Either way, you cannot go wrong!
No-Bake Graham Cracker Crust
If you are making a no-bake pie/dessert: chill this pie crust for at least 2 hours before filling it. Chilling the crust before adding your no-bake filling solidifies the melted butter/sugar mixture. The will ensure your crust is compact and won't fall apart.
Baked Graham Cracker Crust
If you are making a baked pie/dessert: I usually pre-bake for 7-8 minutes at 350°F. Or pre-bake this crust per your recipe’s directions. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Then, fill the crust and continue with your recipe.
This homemade graham cracker crust mixture will make enough crust to fill a 9-inch pie pan and is enough crust for a 10-inch pie plate as well, standard or deep dish.
You can use this recipe for a springform pan or even a tart pan. If you want to add more crust or have an even thicker crust add about 1 tablespoon of butter for every ¼ cup of crumbs you add to the mixture.
This classic recipe is sure to be your favorite graham cracker crust!
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
A conventional 9-inch pie will be cut into 6 standard slices. If you have a thicker pie or one that is really dense you can get 8 slices.
You will measure the pie pan inside rim to rim to figure the width of the pan and then inside from the bottom to the rim to determine depth. If the depth is 1¼ to 1½ it is a standard depth pie dish. Anything taller will be considered a deep-dish pie pan.
Make sure not to press down too much, using that measuring cup or glass with a firm but not too firm pressure. You can also spray or butter your dish lightly if you would like to help keep it from sticking.
Yes, you can. They can be placed in mini pie pans or in a cupcake tin. You can bake for about 5 minutes at 350°F if desired for a sturdier crust.
Yes, just be sure to use gluten-free graham crackers.
Substitutions and Variations:
You can use this recipe with so many cookie or cracker variations. If you cannot find graham cracker crust you can use digestive biscuits. Also here are a few other delicious options to try:
Make-Ahead & Freezing Instructions:
Make this ahead and store it in the refrigerator for a few days before using it in your recipe. Just cover with foil, plastic wrap, or a pie cover while storing.
This recipe is very freezer friendly! Freeze the prepared crust in a freezer-safe pan and wrap with freezer-safe plastic wrap and foil for up to 3 months. Thaw the crust before using it in your recipe.
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Homemade Graham Cracker Crust Recipe (Bake and No-Bake)
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs, (about 10 to 11 full sheets of graham crackers)
- 6 Tablespoons butter, (salted or unsalted), melted
- ½ cup granulated sugar, use ¼ cup if you prefer a less sweet crust
- pinch salt, (optional), if using unsalted butter
- If you’re starting out with full-sheet graham crackers, you can use a food processor or blender to crush them up. Or crush them in a zipped top bag with a rolling pin.
- Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, (a pinch of salt if using) and melted butter together with a fork until combined and the texture of wet coarse sand.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of the dish or pan and slightly up the sides. This crust will fit into a 9 – 10 inch pan standard or deep dish. Make sure it is compact. Use the bottom of a flat measuring cup.
No-Bake Graham Cracker Crust
- For a no-bake dessert, chill the crust for 2 hours before using in your recipe.
Baked Graham Cracker Crust
- For a baked dessert, I usually pre-bake for 7-8 minutes at 350°F. Or pre-bake this crust per your recipe’s instructions.