How to Make a Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Updated on September 22, 2017
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Dan has been a homeowner for some 40 years and has nearly always done his own repair and improvement tasks. He is a licensed electrician.

Making your own pie crust is far superior to store bought ones, and this graham cracker crust is particularly easy.
Making your own pie crust is far superior to store bought ones, and this graham cracker crust is particularly easy. | Source

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

While graham cracker crusts are readily available pre-made at the store, they certainly don't make the best pie crust to showcase your hard work in in making a delicious pie for your next dessert.

Pressed into near concrete while at the same time crumbling too easy, you really have no idea what is actually in that store bought crust. The taste is nearly non-existent and adds little or nothing to your pie.

Far better that you take the extra few minutes to make your own pie crust, and if it is to be a graham cracker crust, you've come to the right place.


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Makes one 9" pie crust

Ingredients

  • 12 Graham crackers, 1 1/2 cups after crushing
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon, optional

Instructions

  1. Crush the graham crackers until fine. One method of accomplishing this with minimal mess is to put the crackers into a large plastic bag - a 1 gallon ziplock is ideal - and break them up with the heel of your hand or a meat tenderizing hammer. Continue with a rolling pin until all the pieces are crushed fine.
  2. Melt butter in a microwave or stovetop pan.
  3. Combine graham crackers, melted butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon or fork. If the optional cinnamon is to be used, add it as well. The mix will tend to clump; make sure that the butter and sugar are evenly distributed over the entire mixture. Using brown sugar will result in a richer, sweeter taste.
  4. Pour the mix into a 9" pie pan and spread evenly. Press the mixture firmly onto the pan, making sure that the corners of the pan don't end up thicker than the rest. A spoon may be used to press with, although fingers work just as well.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 C) for ten minutes and let cool. Tip: refrigerate the pan and mix for a few minutes before baking. It will help the pie crust separate from the pan when serving.
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Graham crackers are in the bag, broken and ready for crushingGraham crackers are crushed, ready to use.Don't compact the crackers when measuring, but leave them loose.  1 1/2 cups.1/3 cup sugar, white in this case.6 tablespoons of butter, melted.  Be careful it isn't so hot as to burn when it is time to press into the pan.Mixing the ingredients.  These are still clumping somewhat and needs a little more.Spreading the mixture into the pie pan.Pressing the mixture firmly onto the pan.  Make sure the sides are pressed as well, and that the corners aren't extra thick
Graham crackers are in the bag, broken and ready for crushing
Graham crackers are in the bag, broken and ready for crushing | Source
Graham crackers are crushed, ready to use.
Graham crackers are crushed, ready to use. | Source
Don't compact the crackers when measuring, but leave them loose.  1 1/2 cups.
Don't compact the crackers when measuring, but leave them loose. 1 1/2 cups. | Source
1/3 cup sugar, white in this case.
1/3 cup sugar, white in this case. | Source
6 tablespoons of butter, melted.  Be careful it isn't so hot as to burn when it is time to press into the pan.
6 tablespoons of butter, melted. Be careful it isn't so hot as to burn when it is time to press into the pan. | Source
Mixing the ingredients.  These are still clumping somewhat and needs a little more.
Mixing the ingredients. These are still clumping somewhat and needs a little more. | Source
Spreading the mixture into the pie pan.
Spreading the mixture into the pie pan. | Source
Pressing the mixture firmly onto the pan.  Make sure the sides are pressed as well, and that the corners aren't extra thick
Pressing the mixture firmly onto the pan. Make sure the sides are pressed as well, and that the corners aren't extra thick | Source
4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Graham cracker crust
If little Nancy or Bill helped to make this they will undoubtedly announce it to the world with great pride.
If little Nancy or Bill helped to make this they will undoubtedly announce it to the world with great pride. | Source

Where Do You Go From Here?

OK, the crust is made, what will you put into it?

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Let The Kids Help Make Your Pie Crust

This is an ideal time to introduce your children to baking. Graham cracker crusts are so easy to make that even the youngest can help out, and most small children will love the opportunity to help Mom or Dad cook something.

Care must be taken with smaller children and the melted butter; just a few seconds longer in the microwave can produce a butter liquid that will burn badly if spilled onto an exposed hand or arm. Junior may need a little help here, or at least supervision.

The graham crackers are a little difficult to crush for the young ones. Maybe roll just one or two at a time, or finish the final crushing yourself. Using the plastic bag will help considerably with mess, and is highly recommended. If you're really brave you might help your child make a "Rotten egg" pie - delicious and extremely rich, just what kids love!

Let the little ones help with some supervision, then, and smile inside when they announce to the family that they made the pie. It's well worth the extra few minutes of time.

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      • peachpurple profile image

        peachy 

        5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        this is the easiest graham pie crust i had ever read! Most pie crust uses dough and crumbles easily. The ingredients you had listed are simple and instructions are clear to follow. Voted up

      • SimeyC profile image

        Simon Cook 

        6 years ago from NJ, USA

        I used to do something similar when I lived in the UK - I used digestive biscuits - basically the same! I could eat this on its own!!!

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        Natasha 

        6 years ago from Hawaii

        I love graham cracker crusts and virtually every kind of pie that uses them! I've never made one myself, though, which is kind of weird, considering how much I love cooking. Thanks for the recipe!

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