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Graham Cracker Crust

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An easy graham cracker crust that you can make from scratch with only a few ingredients. Can be used for both baked AND no bake recipes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 1 (9-inch) pie crust
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs approximately 14 full graham crackers
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt, ensuring no lumps of brown sugar remain.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the graham cracker mixture and toss to combine with a fork, ensuring that the mixture is evenly moistened.
  • Press the crust mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate, 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan and pack tightly using the back of a measuring cup.
  • If using in a no-bake recipe, place the pan in the freezer for at least 15 minutes while you prepare the filling and proceed with the recipe.
  • If the graham cracker crust needs to be pre-baked, bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then proceed with the recipe as written.

Notes

  • Equipment: This recipe works for a standard 9-inch pie plate, 8-inch or 9-inch square pan, or a 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan. You will need to double the recipe to use in a 9x13-inch pan.
  • Graham Crackers: You can use any flavor or variety of graham cracker you like (and you can buy a box of graham cracker crumbs!), or you can also use crushed digestive biscuits, gingersnaps, vanilla wafers, or cornflakes. Whichever of these you use, just be sure to crush as finely as possible and measure out 2 cups of crumbs.
  • Brown Sugar: You can substitute regular granulated sugar, coconut sugar, or muscovado.
  • Butter: You can substitute vegan alternatives or coconut oil. For an extra oomph of flavor, go the extra step of making browned butter instead of simply melting the butter.
  • No-Bake Recipes: If the crust and pie will not be baked, prepare the pie crust as directed, then place the pan in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before filling it.
  • Baked Recipes: If the graham cracker crust needs to be pre-baked, bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then proceed with the recipe as written.
  • To Make Ahead: You can prepare the graham cracker crust up to 2 days in advance of filling it. Simply cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until ready to fill.
  • To Freeze: Prepare the crust as instructed, then wrap the pie plate in plastic wrap and then in a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months; thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using.