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How To Make A Homemade Graham Cracker Pie Crust

It occurred to me back in May when I was making the strawberry and chocolate cream pie that not everybody knows how simple it is to make a basic graham cracker pie crust. I think there is a misconception that it’s easier and cheaper to just buy one of those premade ones from the store. While it certainly might be faster, it isn’t necessarily any cheaper or easier. In fact, making your own pie crust from scratch is very simple to throw together.

You only need two ingredients, graham crackers and butter. You can buy a box of graham cracker crumbs in the baking section of your grocery store, but that will run you close to $5.00 for the box. So if you want to save some money, just buy a box of graham crackers. You’ll need one and half cups of the crumbs. You can use your food processor which makes it real easy (just don’t cut yourself on the blade like I always do) or throw them in a ziploc bag and and start mashing them with your rolling pin or a meat mallet.

Now once you have your crumbs in a bowl, pour in some melted butter and stir with a spoon. Just combine the mixture until it resembles wet sand. Once you’ve got some sand in your bowl, pour it into your pie plate and level the bottom out with the bottom of your hand or the back of the spoon, making sure to edge the crumbs up the side forming an upper crust.

Once your crust is all laid out, pop it in the oven at 350 degrees and bake it for 10 minutes and then allow to cool on a wire rack. That’s it! You’ve got two ingredients and like 4 steps, easy peasey right?! Try it out yourself! You’ll see how easy it is to make your own graham cracker crust.

Homemade Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Only two ingredients makes this the easiest pie crust ever!

Makes: 1- 9 inch pie (About 8-10 slices)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes +
Total Time: About 30 Minutes

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a food processor (or ziplock bag with a rolling pin) pulse graham crackers until they form into crumbs. Pour crumbs into a medium sized bowl. Melt butter in a saucepan or microwave. Pour melted butter into the bowl with the crumbs. Stir with a spoon until the graham cracker crumbs resembles wet sand and it evenly distributed.
  2. Pour the crumbs into a 9 inch pie plate and press the crumbs down in the plate making a firm layer and with the back of a spoon, push the crumbs up the sides of the plate making an upper crust.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack before preparing or pouring in a pie filling.

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