Graham cracker crust is easy to make at home with just three ingredients! Use this graham cracker crust recipe for no bake pies and homemade cheesecake. 

slice of turtle cheesecake with graham cracker crust on metal spatula

Graham cracker crust is a delicious base for any no bake pie or cheesecake recipe! 

Skip buying the store bought graham cracker crusts in those aluminum pans.

When you make this crust as home you get to make it in a cute pie plate, plus you know exactly what’s going in it! Did you know the store bought crusts have 10 ingredients? Seems like a lot of ingredients for something you can make at home with 3 ingredients.

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What You’ll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions for making graham cracker crust.

  • graham cracker crumbs 
  • brown sugar
  • unsalted melted butter

What are graham cracker crumbs?

You can find graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle near the pre-made cracker pie crusts. If you prefer to use whole graham crackers and blend them yourself into crumbs, you’ll need about 9 graham crackers.

How to Make Graham Cracker Crust

In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Use your fingers or a spatula to mix the brown sugar into the crumbs. 

glass mixing bowl with graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar

Stir in the melted butter, mix until fully combined. The mixture should be wet and sandy. 

glass mixing bowl with melted butter and spatula

Press the crust evenly into a 9 or 10 inch pie pan or springform pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack the crust down. 

hand pressing measuring cup into graham cracker crust to pack it down

If you are filling the crust with a no bake pie filling or making no bake cheesecake, place the crust in the fridge to chill until ready to fill.

If you are making cheesecake, pre-bake the crust according to the cheesecake recipe. 

collage of mini cheesecake recipes that use graham cracker crust

Do I bake Graham Cracker Crust?

If you are making a no bake pie or no bake cheesecake, like chocolate pudding pie or no bake pumpkin cheesecake, you don’t bake the crust. Once the crust is packed into the pie pan, place the crust in the fridge to chill while you assemble the pie filling.

If you are making cheesecake, like turtle cheesecakeespresso cheesecake or chocolate chocolate, you will pre-bake the crust for about 10 minutes before adding the cheesecake filling and baking again. 

graham cracker crust in white pie plate

Chocolate Version

Sub in chocolate graham crackers for a chocolate version of this crust. You will use the same amount, 1 & 1/2 cups crumbs or 9 crackers.

Tips for Success

  • Use a blender or food processor to ensure that you get fine graham cracker crumbs if you whole graham crackers.
  • Do not skimp on the butter. Be sure to use the amount of butter that the recipe calls for. Butter is the essential ingredient in getting the crust to bind! 
  • Press and pack the graham cracker crust into the pan really well. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or drinking glass to tamp the crust down. 

Graham Cracker Crust

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Yield: 1
Graham cracker crust is easy to make at home with just three ingredients! Use this graham cracker crust recipe for no bake pies and homemade cheesecake.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs, about 9 graham crackers
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (3/4 cup)

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Use your fingers or a spatula to mix the brown sugar into the crumbs. 
  • Stir in the melted butter, mix until fully combined. The mixture should be wet and sandy. 
  • Press the crust evenly into a 9 or 10 inch pie pan or springform pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack the crust down. 
  • If you are filling the crust with a no bake pie filling or making no bake cheesecake, place the crust in the fridge to chill until ready to fill.
  • If you are making cheesecake, pre-bake the crust according to the cheesecake recipe. 

Notes

Calorie estimation is for one whole crust. 
You can substitute chocolate graham crackers for a chocolate version. 
Want to make oreo pie crust? Follow our recipe for oreo pie crust
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 1346kcal, Carbohydrates: 150g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 81g, Saturated Fat: 45g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 22g, Trans Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 181mg, Sodium: 855mg, Potassium: 316mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 82g, Vitamin A: 2099IU, Calcium: 165mg, Iron: 6mg
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