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Super-Easy Graham Cracker Crust

Whenever I have pie, I always want more crust. This is my new go-to recipe. It boasts a generous buttery base that works with all kinds fillings. Of course I couldn’t stop at one flavor, so I experimented with different pantry items to create a whole team of crunchy crusts. — Gina Nistico, Taste of Home Food Editor
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar; press onto bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Bake until crust is lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

For saltine crust: Substitute crushed saltine crackers for graham crackers. Bake 15-18 minutes.

For Cap'n Crunch crust: Substitute crushed Cap'n Crunch cereal for graham cracker crumbs and omit sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes.

For sugar cone crust: Substitute crushed sugar cones for graham cracker crumbs; reduce sugar to 2 tablespoons. Bake 12-15 minutes.

For pretzel crust: Substitute crushed pretzels for graham crackers. Increase sugar to 1/3 cup; increase butter to 3/4 cup. Bake 12-15 minutes.

For Teddy Grahams crust: Substitute crushed chocolate Teddy Grahams crackers; reduce sugar to 2 tablespoons. Bake 12-15 minutes.

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  • Meghan
    Oct 17, 2020

    Super easy and yummy! This is definitely more than enough for one pie crust though.

  • amsm
    Sep 29, 2019

    This does make a lot of crust, so make sure you have that deep dish pie pan! I didn't have one, so I split this in half and froze one half for later! The flavor is good, but my crust didn't stay together. I did use boxed crumbs, so I wonder if I needed to make my own crumbs for this recipe. We just scoop the crumbs up to add to the top of our pie!

  • transcona
    Sep 27, 2019

    This is the graham cracker crust that I always use. It always hold up well,

  • xxcskier
    Sep 24, 2019

    This makes enough for two pie crusts. Easy and sweet but not too sweet. Love the other choices for crust...I’m thinking of trying the captain crunch next time!

  • shawnba
    Sep 12, 2019

    Really easy and tastes great! I love that it makes 2 crusts, one for today, and one to freeze for future use!

  • amehart
    Sep 10, 2019

    This was so quick and easy and tasted great. It does make a lot so I used two 9-inch pie pans. Perfect as I made two easy lemon pies and gave one to my mother. We all enjoyed the crust as it was not too sweet. The other variations sound great and I will be trying those as well. Will be my go to crumb crust from now on.

  • gunslinger
    Sep 7, 2019

    Made this crust for a strawberry pie. It was so much better than store bought crust. This makes a deep dish crust or is just the right amount for 2 regular 9 inch crust. I plan to try some of the other crust recipes especially the sugar cone. I think it would be great for a strawberry pie too!

  • Dawn
    Sep 5, 2019

    I made this crust today and used two 9" foil pie plates! This is definitely a winner for graham cracker crust! I did allow the shells to cool completely before making filling! I made my own no-bake filling for the graham cracker shells!

  • MarineMom_texas
    Sep 2, 2019

    I made this crust today and declare it a 5-star winner. It was super easy as the name implies and delicious. So much better than a store bought one. It does make a lot so 2 cups could possibly work but we loved the recipe as is. Be sure to prepare it early enough for it to cool before adding the filling.

  • kramerstacey15
    Jun 29, 2018

    Way too much graham cracker crumbs for one crust. Too dry. Didn't want to stick together.