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.
- 1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs (about 20 squares)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (or brown sugar)
- 6 tablespoons butter
- In a small saucepan or the microwave oven, melt the butter.
- 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.
- Measure the graham cracker crumbs into a medium bowl.
- 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).
- Add the melted butter.
- Stir or blend the ingredients together with your hands.
- Press the crumb mixture into a pie plate or springform pan.
- To prebake the pie crust, bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a preheated 350 F oven.
- 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.