a homemade graham cracker pie crust recipe in mini pie tins

Graham Cracker Pie Crust Recipe

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 every recipe in it, but my favorite was an ice cream pie with a graham cracker crust. 💖 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!

Graham Crackers
Butter
White Granulated Sugar
Brown 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 crust recipe if you don’t want too much sweetness in your dessert. Adjust the measurements 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 cookie varieties such as sugar, chocolate chips, or gingersnaps for fun taste combinations. Be sure to 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 sizes 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
Cheesecakes
Cream pies
Fruit pies
Ice Cream Pies
Key lime pies
Lemon Bars
Lemon Meringue Pies
Pumpkin Pies
Tarts

 

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!

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a homemade graham cracker pie crust recipe in 3 small pie tins

Graham Cracker Pie Crust Recipe

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 8-9" pie pan or a 9-10" springform pan 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A delicious and easy homemade crust for any size or kind of dessert you can think of!😁


Scale

Ingredients

10 graham cracker sheets (1 1/2 cups/170g) graham cracker crumbs
1 T granulated sugar
1 T brown sugar
7 T (100g) butter, melted 


Instructions

Crush graham crackers in a food processor or with a kitchen mallet until finely ground into crumbs.

In a large bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, and both sugars Add melted butter and use a fork to blend ingredients well.

Place mixture into your pie tin, glass pan or ramekin of choice. Use the back of a spoon or the bottom of a glass to press the crumbs firmly into the bottom and sides, (if desired) of your pan. Use your fingers if necessary to perfect the job.

Pre-bake if needed at 375º F (190º C) for 8-10 minutes, keeping a close eye not to burn. If you are making this crust for a different recipe, bake according to that recipe’s instructions. If this is for a no-bake recipe, refrigerate or freeze the crust for 10-20 minutes to set before filling it. 


Notes

If you do not have brown sugar, use all white sugar in the recipe.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 7.75 g
  • Sodium: 192 mg
  • Fat: 11.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5 g

Keywords: homemade, crust, graham cracker, dessert, recipe

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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! 

xo,
Cindy

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