Easy Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

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Graham Cracker Crust – How to make a homemade graham cracker crust, an easy recipe that’s perfect for all your favorite desserts, including pie and cheesecake.

graham cracker crust with strawberry swirl cheesecake

It’s pretty easy to buy an already made graham cracker crust. But sometimes you need more than the small graham cracker pie crust you find in the store.

Making a homemade graham cracker crust really isn’t all that difficult. In fact, it’s pretty simple and easy, only requiring 4 simple ingredients.

This graham cracker crust recipe makes a great pie crust or cheesecake crust. With a cheesecake, you need that deeper, somewhat thicker crust, and this one definitely fits the bill.

You can pair this graham cracker crust with yummy desserts like Instant Pot pumpkin spice cheesecake, strawberry swirl cheesecake, or this creamy no bake blueberry dessert. Or switch out the chocolate cookie crust for a graham cracker crust in white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.

slice of cheesecake with homemade graham cracker crust

WHERE CAN I FIND THE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST RECIPE?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious recipe for a graham cracker crust – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

EASY WAYS TO CRUSH GRAHAM CRACKERS

You can crush the graham crackers a couple of ways.

My favorite way is to put them in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Just make sure you have all the air out of the bag before attempting to crush the crackers.

crushing graham crackers for a graham cracker crust, with a rolling pin and Ziploc bag

Another way is to use a food processor to grind up the crackers. This will give you an even finer mix of graham cracker crumbs.

HOW CAN I MAKE A GLUTEN FREE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST?

You can make a gluten free graham cracker crust for your desserts by using gluten free graham crackers or gluten free graham crumbs.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE AN EASY GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, making this crust is a pretty simple process.

  • Crush the graham crackers first. You’ll need about 2 packs (or 18 sheets) of graham crackers.
  • Mix together the crushed grahams, sugar, brown sugar, and melted butter.
mixing ingredients for an easy graham cracker crust recipe
  • Spray your pan with cooking spray, and press the mixture into your pan.
  • Then bake the graham cracker crust according to the recipe instructions below.
press graham cracker crust into springform pan for cheesecake recipe

WHY DO I HAVE TO BAKE THE CRUST?

You don’t technically have to bake the crust, but if you don’t, it will be quite soft and crumbly.

Baking a graham cracker crust allows the ingredients to fuse together in such a way that it will hold your dessert well and not fall apart when you take it out of the fridge.

homemade graham cracker cheesecake crust with strawberry cheesecake

And it only takes about 10 minutes to bake, so it’s super quick and easy.

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS FOR A GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

There are a few ways you can switch up a graham cracker crust for cheesecake, pie, and all your favorite desserts.

  • Depending on the type of dessert you’re making, add spices to your crust mixture, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, or pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add a tiny bit of citrus flavoring to your crust with a bit of lemon zest.
slice of cheesecake with easy graham cracker crust and whipped cream

CAN I FREEZE A GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST?

Yes, you can. Just make sure it’s covered well so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

This crust should keep in the freezer for about 3 months.

MORE CRUST RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY

I really love this chocolate cookie crust I make with my favorite raspberry cheesecake.

And when it comes to pie crust, we’ve got you covered with this pecan nut pie crust, this traditional pie crust recipe, and this easy shortcut no-roll pie crust.

DESSERTS YOU CAN PAIR WITH A GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

Strawberry Miracle Cheesecake is an easy no bake dessert you can pair with a graham crust.

Make a caramel topped pumpkin cheesecake with this recipe from Mommy Hates Cooking.

homemade graham cracker crust with strawberry swirl cheesecake

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE A GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:

Baking Pan – In this case, I used a 9-inch springform pan, since I was making a cheesecake.

Gallon Ziploc Bags with Rolling Pin or Food Processor– This makes it easy to crush the graham crackers.

Large Mixing Bowl – You’ll need a bowl for mixing the crushed grahams, sugars, and melted butter together.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST RECIPE

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Easy Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

How to make a homemade graham cracker crust, an easy recipe that’s perfect for all your favorite desserts, including pie and cheesecake.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert
Keyword cheesecake crust, graham cracker crust, graham cracker crust for cheesecake, graham cracker crust recipe, graham cracker pie crust
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 127 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Crush the graham crackers, using a rolling pin and Ziploc bag, or a food processor.

  3. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, pure cane sugar, and brown sugar. 

  4. Add in the melted butter and mix together well.

  5. Spray your pan with cooking spray, and press the mixture into your pan**.

  6. Bake the crust at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before filling.

Recipe Notes

*You’ll need about 2 packs (or 18 sheets) of graham crackers to make 3 cups of graham cracker crumbs.

**This recipe fits a 9-inch springform pan. Adjust, as necessary, for other size pans.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Graham Cracker Crust Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Graham Cracker Crust Recipe
easy homemade graham cracker crust recipe

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