The incredibly easy to make Graham Cracker Crust is a staple for so many delicious desserts and a great base for beginner bakers! This 'better than store bought' crust can be used for just about any pie you can think of, to cheesecakes, cream pies, ice box pies, and decadent dessert bars! Best of all, a perfect graham cracker crust only takes 3 ingredients and can be done in 5 minutes or less!
1 ½cupsgraham cracker crumbs(about 10 graham crackers, if crushing manually or using a food processor)
3Tbspsugar(or brown sugar)
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If you are not starting with the boxed graham cracker crumbs, you will need 10 graham crackers (my Honey Maid brand package held 9 crackers). Use a large ziploc plastic storage bag and crush the crackers with a rolling pin or the mallet of a meat tenderizer until they reach a fine consistency. Or pulse the crackers in your food processor until you have finely ground crumbs.
In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs with sugar (or the same amount of packed brown sugar) then add the melted butter. Use a fork to combine the ingredients and to evenly distribute the butter throughout the crumb.
Pour the graham cracker mixture into your pan and spread evenly. Use the bottom of a clean measuring cup to firmly pack the graham cracker crust into the bottom of your pan, then use your fingers to pack the crust up the sides of your pan.
Follow your recipe instructions if it calls for your graham cracker crust to be baked. In general, I have found that despite recipe instructions, any pie that will be frozen to set up for several hours can skip the pre-baking.To pre-bake: bake for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).For no bake: refrigerate and chill for about an hour or freeze the graham cracker crust for 10-20 minutes before filling.