Looking for a sweet and delicious graham cracker pie crust? Look no further than this quick and easy recipe. Great for pairing with your favorite key lime pie recipe, this simple, quick and easy crust is a summer staple for a reason!

Easy Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions:

Step 1: Combine the Ingredients.

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

graham cracker crust ingredients

In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar.

pouring ingredients

Stir in the melted butter until well combined.

Step 2: Bake the Crust.

pressing graham cracker crust into pan

Press the graham cracker crust into and up the sides of a 9 in. pie pan. Make sure the crust is packed on the bottom and the sides of the pan.

Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

If the crust bubbles up, gently press it back into place with the back of a spoon.

Let your crust cool completely before adding any filling.

How do you make a graham cracker crust that doesn’t fall apart?

Wondering how you get graham cracker crust to stay together? You’re not alone! Since it’s essentially made of crumbs, this crust does have a tendency to crumble. The secret is two-fold.

First, make sure you add enough butter. As the only “wet” ingredient, butter is essential for holding everything together. If your graham cracker crust mixture still looks a little dry, add a few more tablespoons until the crumbs stick together.

Secondly, you want to make sure the crust is really packed into the pie pan. This will also prevent the filling from leaking through the crust.

We like to use the bottom of a flat measuring cup to help back down and smooth out the surface. You can also use the bottom of a drinking glass. Don’t forget to pack the edges as well!

Should you bake a graham cracker crust before filling?

Unless otherwise stated in your recipe, we do suggest pre-baking (or blind-baking) your pie crust before filling. Baking allows the butter and sugar to bind, helping your crust stick together. It will also add a beautiful color and a richer flavor to your homemade graham cracker crust.

Sometimes ice box pies suggest chilling the crust instead. The cold helps the butter become hard again, helping to hold the crust together. Since this crust doesn’t contain any raw ingredients, either way is fine!

keylime pie with graham cracker crust

Delicious Fillings for a Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Great for any summer gathering, this Lemon Meringue Cookie Tart is perfect for anyone who loves the zesty flavors of summer citrus. Top your tart with crunchy meringue cookies for a sweet treat everyone will love.

For a no-bake option, try these Mini Peanut Butter Pie Bites. A sweet graham cracker crust is topped with a peanut butter cream cheese filling for a delicious summer dessert that won’t heat up your kitchen.

Keep it classic with this Classic Cheesecake recipe. Perfect for any occasion, this cheesecake can be topped however you like! We suggest fresh berries or a drizzle of chocolate ganache!

No summer celebration is complete without this Key Lime Pie! Made with fresh key lime juice and zest, this summer staple is a seasonal favorite for a reason!

For a cool and refreshing dessert that involves no baking, look no further than this No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake. A delicious dessert for a summer BBQ or party, this no-bake cheesecake sets up in the fridge.

    graham cracker crust

    Easy Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

    Made using only three ingredients, this sweet and delicious graham crust is quick and easy to make.
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    Course Dessert
    Servings 1 Pie Crust

    Ingredients
     

    • 1 ⅓ Cups graham cracker crumbs
    • ¼ Cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
    • 5 Tablespoons butter melted

    Instructions
     

    • Step 1: Combine the Ingredients.
      Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
      In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar.
      Stir in the melted butter until well combined.
    • Step 2: Bake the Crust.
      Press the graham cracker crust into and up the sides of a 9in. pie pan. Make sure the crust is packed on the bottom and the sides of the pan.
      Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
      If the crust bubbles up, gently press it back into place with the back of a spoon. Let your crust cool completely before adding any filling.

    Notes

    Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Prepared graham cracker crust can refrigerated for a few days before using or frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen graham cracker crust before using. 
     
    Variations: Depending on your filling add flavor to your graham cracker crust by using honey, cinnamon or chocolate flavor graham crackers. 
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