How to Make a Graham Cracker Pie Crust

graham cracker crust
Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 pie crust (serves 6 to 8)

This simple graham cracker crust mixture is easy to prepare and may be used for a 9-inch pie or cheesecake. The standard size is just right for a small to 9-inch pie plate and the larger version is good for a larger, deeper pie plate or cheesecake. If you like a thicker graham cracker crust, use the larger measurements.

It isn't necessary to bake a crumb crust for an icebox (unbaked) pie. Depending on your recipe and your preference, either pre-bake the crust or refrigerate it for about 20 minutes before filling.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs (about 20 squares)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 6 tablespoons butter

How to Make It

  1. In a small saucepan or the microwave oven, melt the butter.
  2. Crush the graham crackers into crumbs. You can do this by placing the graham crackers in a plastic bag and rolling them with a rolling pin until they are finely crushed. This may be done in small batches. Or, use a food processor to make fine crumbs. Alternatively, graham cracker crumbs are usually available in the baking aisle.
  3. Measure the graham cracker crumbs into a medium bowl.
  1. Add the granulated sugar or brown sugar to the graham crackers. (Note that if you are using a food processor to make the crumbs, add the sugar in the food processor and process it with the graham crackers).
  2. Add the melted butter.
  3. Stir or blend the ingredients together with your hands.
  4. Press the crumb mixture into a pie plate or springform pan.
  5. To prebake the pie crust, bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a preheated 350 F oven.
  6. Fill the crust and refrigerate or bake, following your recipe for pie or cheesecake.

Ingredient Measures for a Large Crust

  • About 30 graham cracker squares or 2 cups of fine graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter 
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar

Tips and Variations

  • Add about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or a small amount of nutmeg or allspice to the crumbs for a spiced flavor.
  • Baking makes for a firmer crust, especially if the pie is made with an unbaked filling.
  • Replace about 1/2 cup of the graham cracker crumbs with 1/2 cup of finely chopped pecans or pecan "chips." If you are using a food processor, you can process the pecans with the graham crackers and sugar.