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Why buy a graham cracker crust at the store when it's so easy to make at home with just 3 ingredients? Learn how to make a graham cracker crust for baked or no-bake pies like cheesecakes, apple pies, cream or custard pies, fruit tarts, and more with this easy recipe.

Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins
1 8- or 9-inch crust

Why buy a store-bought graham cracker crust when you can make your own at home? This basic graham cracker crust recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients — and it tastes so much better than the pre-packaged stuff. 

Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients

Though this irresistible graham cracker crust packs a flavorful crunch, it comes together quite quickly with just three ingredients. Here's what you'll need: 

· Graham cracker crumbs: You can buy graham cracker crumbs at the store or use a zip-top bag to crush whole graham crackers at home. 
· Sugar: You'll need ⅓ cup white sugar for this crumb crust recipe. 
· Butter: Melted butter adds richness and helps hold the crust together. 
· Cinnamon: A pinch of cinnamon is optional, but it adds pleasant flavor and warmth. 

graham cracker crumb crust pressed into a glass pie dish before baking
Credit: Bonnie Northup

How to Make Graham Cracker Crust 

It truly couldn't be easier to make a graham cracker crust from scratch: Simply combine the ingredients, then press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate or springform pan. 

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below with more detailed instructions. 

Pressing the Graham Cracker Crust
Credit: Allrecipes Meredith

Pies With Graham Cracker Crusts

Looking for some tasty inspiration for your next baking project? Put your homemade crust to good use with one of these pie recipes that start with graham cracker crusts: 

Key Lime Pie VII
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How to Use Graham Cracker Crusts

Here's how to use your homemade graham cracker crust: 

· For a baked crust: Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7 minutes. Cool before filling.
· For a no-bake crust: Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before filling.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I made this as written for a pumpkin pie," says destinym. "It was so easy to make, and so much more delicious than store bought pie shells! It also came out of the pie plate perfectly, and not crumbly like other crusts."

"This was a very nice graham cracker crust," according to Dawn Herbert. "I did buy my graham crackers already crushed in the box, so preparation was so quick and easy. I put it in my springform pan to be the base for the Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake on this site."

"GREAT recipe," raves domesticdiva4591. "I was hesitant to add cinnamon but it was a great touch! The recipe made plenty for my 9" pie plate and had some left over."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl; mix until well blended. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of an 8- or 9-inch pie plate.

  • Follow directions for a baked or no-bake crust.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 20.5g; fat 10.2g; cholesterol 22.9mg; sodium 156.6mg. Full Nutrition