Learn how to make a Graham Cracker Crust from scratch. Homemade Graham Cracker Crust is sweet, buttery, and miles ahead of anything you can buy at the store.

A graham cracker crust in a springform pan.

From cheesecakes to custard pies, so make of my favorite dessert recipes start with a Graham Cracker Crust.

Sure, you could buy one in the baking aisle at the grocery store. But you’ll never want to again after you see how easy it is to make homemade Graham Cracker Crust with just three ingredients and in a mere 20 minutes. In addition to being a breeze to whip up from scratch, my easy Graham Cracker Crust recipe allows you to customize your cracker flavor, sweetener, and pan shape.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Graham cracker crust ingredients.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Graham crackers: Honey-flavored, cinnamon, or even chocolate graham crackers all work well. If graham crackers aren’t available in your part of the world, you can substitute 1 ½ cups crushed digestive biscuits. (9 sheets of graham crackers yields about 1 ½ cups of crumbs.)
  • Sugar: Or substitute 2 tablespoons brown sugar or omit from the crust entirely.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a food processor, blender, or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, finely crush graham crackers (you will have about 1 ½ cups crumbs).
Crushed graham crackers in a food processor.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar.
Someone pouring melted butter into crushed graham crackers.
  1. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press the crust evenly and firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
Someone using the bottom of a measuring cup to flatten a graham cracker crust.
  1. Bake until golden brown and fragrant, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
A graham cracker crust in a springform pan.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This Graham Cracker Crust recipe creates enough to fill a 9-inch springform pan, which will serve about 12 to 16 slices. Or, use this recipe for a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • Make ahead: After baking, cool completely and then store covered (or wrapped in plastic) in the refrigerator up to 3 days in advance.
  • Freezer: Freeze the baked, cooled crust up to 3 months in advance. Thaw at room temperature before using.
A slice of vanilla cheesecake on a plate.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this a no-bake Graham Cracker Crust?

Sure. Keep your kitchen cool and the oven off; simply chill the crust (to solidify the melted butter and sugar mixture) for at least 2 hours before filling it.

What dessert recipes work well on a foundation of Graham Cracker Crust?

You can’t go wrong with Chocolate Cream Pie, No Bake Lemon Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake, or Cheesecake Bars with Strawberry Topping. Or soften and scoop any ice cream flavor inside and finish with your favorite sundae toppings for a semi-homemade ice cream pie.

Do I have to use a springform pan?

This crust works great for desserts assembled in a 9-inch square pan, too.

Homemade Graham Crackers

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Desserts with a graham cracker crust

A graham cracker crust in a springform pan.

Graham Cracker Crust

Learn how to make a Graham Cracker Crust from scratch. Homemade Graham Cracker Crust is sweet, buttery, and miles ahead of anything you can buy at the store.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 16 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 165

Ingredients 

  • 9 graham crackers (see note 1)
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (see note 2)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a food processor, blender, or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, finely crush graham crackers (you will have about 1 ½ cups crumbs).
  • In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press the crust evenly and firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
  • Bake until golden brown and fragrant, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.

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Notes

  1. Graham crackers: Honey-flavored, cinnamon, or even chocolate graham crackers all work well. If graham crackers aren’t available in your part of the world, you can substitute 1 ½ cups crushed digestive biscuits (9 sheets of graham crackers yields about 1 ½ cups of crumbs).
  2. Sugar: Or substitute 2 tablespoons brown sugar or omit sugar from the crust entirely.
  3. Yield: This Graham Cracker Crust recipe creates enough to fill a 9-inch springform pan, which will serve about 12 to 16 slices. Or, use this recipe for a 9-inch square baking pan.
  4. Make ahead: After baking, cool completely and then store covered (or wrapped in plastic) in the refrigerator up to 3 days in advance.
  5. Freezer: Freeze the baked, cooled crust up to 3 months in advance. Thaw at room temperature before using.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 140mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 208IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Hi Sherri, yes, possibly. The time it needs to bake may vary depending on the type of pie you are making, so I would recommend following the directions in the recipe. – Meggan