How to Make a Graham Cracker Pie Crust - Easily!

Yes, I know there are ready made Graham Cracker pie crusts in the frozen section at the store, but they really are stale, dry and bland.  A moist, tasty crust is easy to make, just follow these simple, illustrated instructions!

For those unfamiliar with a Graham Cracker pie crust; you see them often on the bottom of cheesecakes.  Unlike a dough pie crust, they have a sweeter flavor, a hint of honey, and a nice crumbly texture.  You never find Graham cracker crust left on the plate.

For those in the British Isles, you may simply substitute "Digestives" for graham crackers.  They are very similar, although I think they lack the faint flavor of honey in the Graham Crackers.

Directions for Making a Graham Cracker Pie Crust - Easily!

Ingredients and Equipment

1.5 cups of crushed Graham Crackers. Note: in England, Australia, N.Z., you may not have Graham crackers, but "digestives"  are almost the same!
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1/8 cup water

Recipe and Directions

Step 1 - Crush the Graham Crackers.

The easiest way, of course, is to buy them already crushed.  Some years ago, Nabisco started selling them crushed, just for this purpose.  If all you have is the crackers, put them in a plastic bag and roll over it with a rolling pin, or the bottom of a large heavy jar (like a full quart jar of spaghetti sauce). crush away until they are just crumbs!.

 

Note that is much faster and easier to just put the graham crackers in a food processor, chopper or blender and turn them into crumbs in a few seconds.

 

 

Step 2 - Melt the butter

One stick of butter or margarine usually melts without splattering in about 75 seconds in my microwave set on medium. Yours may vary! Or you can use a stove on very low heat.  Either way, be sure to cover the container while you melt it.

 

Step 3 - Add the melted butter and water

Mix the crumbs, butter and water. Stir it up! 

 

 

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Step 4 - Press the mixture into the pie plate

Try to make it about 1/8 inch (1/3 cm) evenly all around. The bottom of a soup spoon is ideal for this.  The crumbs should stick pretty well, without being wet.  If they won't stick where you press them, just add another tablespoon of water to the mix.

 

Step 5 - Finishing up

Even the crumbs up and make sure there are no gaps or holes.  That's all there is to it.  Now, you're ready to add the pie filling!

TIP: For those wanting to make a "no bake" pie, such as lemon meringue, you need to bake the crust first. A 375 degree (F) oven for 4-5 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Cool before filling.  If you chill the crust for an hour before you use it or bake it, it will prevent crumbling when you want to serve it. (as does the baking).

 

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