Graham Cracker Crusts + 6 Ways to Fill Them

Graham cracker crusts are truly easy as pie. But a traditional buttery, flaky pie crust? Not so much – they take time, technique, and careful handling.

Luckily for us pie lovers, graham cracker crusts are quick and simple. They pair with all sorts of fillings, from fruit to chocolate. They take mere minutes to prep and bake. What’s not to love?

Here’s our favorite master crust recipe: Crush 11 graham cracker sheets into crumbs. Mix in ¼ cup of confectioners’ sugar and 6 tablespoons of melted butter. Press into a pie plate and bake at 375°F for 15 minutes.

Do you need to blind bake your crust? No. You certainly don’t, however it’s a good idea if you’re making a pie with a custard-like filling (like a Key lime or a chocolate silk). Blind baking will firm up the crust, giving a sturdy base for any liquid-y fillings.

Graham Cracker Crusts via @kingarthurflour

To perfect your crust technique, try these useful tips:

  • Use a measuring cup or drinking glass to press the crumbs into the pie plate. You want to use a decent amount of pressure to really compact the crumbs together. This will result in a more even crust.
  • Make sure your crumbs are small enough! If you don’t crush the crackers finely (they should resemble sand), the mixture won’t hold together as well and the crust will crumble.
  • For a truly from-scratch pie, bake your own graham crackers! You can even make chocolate graham crackers to make your next pie extra-decadent.
  • You don’t need a food processor! Sure, it’s faster, but you can easily crush the graham crackers using a plastic bag and a rolling pin.
  • Add sugar and spice! A pinch of cinnamon or cardamom will make your crust more flavorful. Think about what spices would complement your filling. Try brown sugar in place of confectioners’ sugar to give the crust a deeper, more caramelized sweetness.
  • Sometimes graham cracker crusts get very hard after baking, and difficult to cut. We’ve noticed this happens more often when using national brand-name crackers. If you run into this problem, try baking your own crackers or buying an organic or store brand.

Graham Cracker Crusts via @kingarthurflour

Once you’ve mastered the basic technique, you can start getting creative. Here are six delicious ways to fill a graham cracker crust:

Chocolate Icebox Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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Perfect for summer, this pie features a simple chocolate cream filling. It’s a snap to pull together and ideal for chocolate lovers who want a chilled, warm-weather dessert. Get the recipe!

Classic Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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A traditional Key lime pie with its creamy, tangy filling is hard to beat. It reminds us of diner desserts and Florida vacations, and best of all, it’s a one-bowl recipe. If you want to give it a twist, try topping the pie with a meringue instead of whipped cream. Get the recipe!

Strawberry and Greek Yogurt Tart with Graham Cracker Crust

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This show-stopping tart is so simple, you don’t even need a recipe. Fill your baked and cooled graham cracker crust with a mixture of Greek yogurt and whipped cream. Top it with sliced strawberries and a sprinkling of raw sugar for a little glitz.

Coconut Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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Tropical Coconut Cream Pie is a perfect match for a graham cracker crust. This recipe takes the classic dessert to new heights by studding the creamy filling with bits of crunchy toasted coconut. Get the recipe!

Easy Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

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Cheesecake is the most traditional and beloved use for a graham cracker. Start with a basic recipe and top it with fresh raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. Get the recipe!

S’more Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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Yes, we do want s’more of this pie! A riff on the campfire sweet, this version has a smooth dark chocolate filling and a fluffy homemade marshmallow topping. Get the recipe!

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comments

  1. ABCfoodie

    I made the Greek yogurt tart tonight using a 7 oz. container of 2% plain Greek yogurt and 1 cup of whipping cream. I whipped the cream, adding some confectioners sugar and lime zest. Then I folded in the yogurt. I added it to the graham cracker crust and let it chill in the fridge before adding blackberries and strawberries right before serving. I was not too surprised that it was well received by my family! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Martha

    How do I get a baked and cooled gram cracker crust stay crispy after baking a key lime pie filling in the crust?

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      That’s a tough one, Martha, since the crust will inevitably absorb some of the moisture from the filling. There’s no way that we know of to totally get around this, but it may help to bake the crust itself a bit longer and to serve the pie as soon as possible (the longer it sits, the more moisture will sink in). Best of luck and happy baking! Mollie@KAF

  3. Siobhán

    Hi there! Thanks so much for the graham cracker crust recipe. One question though… 375 degrees for 15 mins? Is that a typo? That’s pretty long at a high temp. Should it read 325? Thanks again.

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  4. Deborah Levensailor

    What can I do to prevent a wet soggy graham cracker crust? I am using instant chocolate pudding as a filling.

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Consider painting the crust with melted chocolate or even melted butter before your place the pudding inside. It can also help to freeze the painted crust once the melted goodness is there – it creates a barrier so the pudding doesn’t soak in! Happy baking! Irene@KAF

  5. Delia Torres

    Can you tell me what kind of pie that is pictured above the description of key lime pie, since your reply to a comment about the meringue on it, was that your key lime pie recipe doesn’t have meringue. The picture looks very delicious! It has me curious.

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  6. Bill Vassiles

    I go thru this email and
    all the graham crust pies beautifully photograps and offered a recipe and none in sight inthis emails
    So where are they?

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    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Hi Bill,
      The links to each specific recipe is posted in orange beneath each photo as “Get the Recipe!”. There are also links to basic graham crust recipes at the beginning of the post, and at the very end of the post. Hope this helps! ~ MJ

  7. estelle

    to Michaelbefus

    There’s a brand of gluten-free cookies that come in ginger or cinnamon flavored (I think it’s Nu-del) that I plan to use for a “graham” cracker crust. Haven’t done it yet, but I bet it’ll work. I’d reduce the amount of sugar since they’re sweeter than graham crackers.

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  8. Stacy

    Can I use crushed fortune cookies instead of graham crackers? I have a large amount – any good ideas of what would go best with a fortune cookie crust?

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      A fortune cookie crust–what fun! You can use the same basic technique described in this blog post, using fortune cookies instead of graham crackers. You may need to do a bit of experimenting with the amount of butter you add since fortunate cookies tend to be a particularly dry cookie. You could also consider adding 1-2 tablespoons of milk to the crust to moisten the cookie crumbs and help it hold together. As for the filling, let your imagination go wild! Banana cream pie, chocolate pie, or perhaps something tropical like a lemon-custard pie. Search our website for “cream pies” and you will be so inspired I’d be surprised if you don’t go running to the kitchen to get started working on your stash of fortune cookies! Happy pie baking! Kye@KAF

  9. Katharine Wilkins

    That strawberry and Greek yogurt tart looks gorgeous! You say blithely that a recipe is not necessary, but I really could use a few clues. Is it about half and half yogurt and whipped cream? Is the whipped cream sweetened? What amount/weight of whipped cream and yogurt?

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    1. Posie Harwood, post author

      Of course! Half and half Greek yogurt and whipped cream gives you the nicest texture for filling (light but not too soft), which is what we used here. You can definitely do all Greek yogurt if you prefer something more tart, but I don’t suggest using all whipped cream as it’s messier and harder to slice. Taste your fruit: If it’s really ripe and sweet, don’t sweeten the filling (I usually don’t). If the fruit isn’t as ripe, fold a couple tablespoons of sugar (about 2) into the filling. Enjoy!!

    2. Bev in "Up North" WI

      Is that a sweetened Greek yogurt, like Vanilla? Or is it plain Greek yogurt?

    3. The Baker's Hotline

      You could use either! Whatever flavor your heart and tummy desires. Bryanna@KAF

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