I first fell in love with graham cracker crusts as a kid. My Mom let me buy a paperback cookbook from a scholastic book sale at school, a rare occasion! I treasured that book and made everything in it, but my favorite was an ice cream pie with a graham cracker pie crust recipe.
To this day, if a dessert comes along with a graham cracker crust, I start eating the crust first, nevermind the rest. Here’s a great recipe to make your own homemade crust.
A Basic Pie Crust Recipe you will use for Years to Come
After you make a homemade graham cracker crust, you will never need or want to buy the store-bought, pre-packaged variety again!
This recipe takes just a few ingredients, 10 minutes to make, and you’ll feel good knowing what’s in it. This recipe is a classic. Trust me you will be able to use it for all kinds of desserts in all shapes and sizes!
Ingredients Needed for a Graham Cracker Crust Recipe
Here’s what you will need to make one crust or use it to make a few little crusts!
White Granulated Sugar
Pulverize graham crackers in a food processor, blender, or a by hand with a rolling pin.
Homemade Crust Ideas and Alternatives
Oh graham cracker crust, how do I love thee, let me count the ways! Here are modifications you can try to make the recipe your own.
Reduce sugar or remove it altogether
Are you using a sweet dessert filling? Do you prefer less sweetness overall? Consider reducing or removing the sugar in the recipe if you don’t want too much sweet flavor in your dessert. Adjust to suit your taste, and it will still be delicious.
Crust Flavors and Ingredient Combinations
Mix it up! Try alternative cracker, cookie or biscuit options to change up the recipe. Test with cinnamon graham crackers or chocolate wafer cookies instead of graham crackers.
Experiment with pre-made cookies such as sugar, chocolate chips, or gingersnaps for fun taste combinations. Reduce the added sugar amount if using sugary cookies or biscuits, to balance the taste.
Combine spices or Mix-ins for your homemade crust
Ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg are delicious additions to taste test. Try adding ground nuts, such as pecans or walnuts for crunch.
Mix graham cracker crumbs, and both sugars. Add butter.
Tips for your Homemade Graham Cracker Crust
Here’s a couple of quick fixes if you need troubleshooting help for your graham cracker crust recipe.
Is your pie crust too crumbly or too wet?
If you use different cracker types or measure wrong, your mixture can be a bit off. If your crust consistency is not right, it’s easy to fix.
Too sticky and wet? Just add more graham cracker crumbs. Is your crust too dry and crumbly, then simply add more melted butter. The butter acts like glue to hold crumbs together.
Use a fork to blend ingredients.
Not enough pie crust mixture?
Pans differ in size and if you run short for any reason, this mix is easily adjustable. Of course, you can make a whole new batch to add to it, but you can also just eyeball it.
Add a couple more crackers and one tablespoon of butter at a time, until the consistency is just right.
Press graham cracker mixture into pie or cake pans.
Fillings to use with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust
Here is a shortlist of yummy dessert ideas where you can put your graham cracker crust to work as a base.
Blueberry Crumble Pie recipe here
Ice Cream Pies
Key lime pies
Lemon Meringue Pies
Graham cracker crusts are such a delicious base for so many incredible desserts! I think you’ll agree it’s such an easy, tasty, and versatile crust recipe. Enjoy!Print
I hope you try making your own graham cracker pie crust. It’s super easy and I think you’ll love it as much as I do!