It is 3 simple ingredients, 2 easy steps and everyone’s favorite part of a pie. It’s the trusty ol’ traditional graham cracker crust!

I have no reason for this post other than the fact that I often forget the measurements, sooooo this recipe is not for you, it’s for me. Now I can google my own recipe which is faster than pulling down a recipe box.

Annnnd wanna know a secret? I was in such a hurry to photograph this recipe as I was making my key lime pie that I accidentally used more graham cracker crumbs, like a lot more than I should have.

It still turned out.

I still win. 🙂

Graham cracker crust that has been pressed into a pie dish and is ready to bake.

Ingredients for Graham Cracker Crust

As promised, just 3 ingredients is all you need:

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Sugar
  • Butter

The measurements for each can be found in the recipe card below.

Graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter being folded together with a spatula. The ingredients are in a clear glass mixing bowl.

How to Make Graham Cracker Crumbs

You can buy graham cracker crumbs these days, but I still like to make my own. I take the graham cracker sheets and break them in half or fourths and then throw them into my Blendtec. That baby just pulverizes those crackers and it’s beautiful! So easy!

You can also use a food processor or stick them in a ziploc bag and smash them with a rolling pin.

Graham cracker crumbs in a blender container.

How to Make Graham Cracker Crust

Here are the two easy steps I mentioned. It’s pretty dangerous that something so good can be so easy to make!

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined and press into a pie plate.
    • PRO TIP: I like to use the bottom of a flat measuring cup like the one pictured below to press the crumb mixture into the pie plate and up the sides.
  2. Bake and then let cool.

A picture of a clear mixing bowl with graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Melted butter is being poured over the dry ingredients and a rubber spatula is in the bowl.

How Many Graham Crackers to Make 2 Cups of Crumbs?

It takes 44 crackers (or 11 sheets) to make 2 cups of crumbs.

What Can You Use Instead of Butter In Graham Cracker Crust?

You can use melted margarine or coconut oil.

A key lime pie in a graham cracker crust. The top is decorated with whipped cream and slices of lime.

Can Graham Cracker Crust Be Frozen?

Graham cracker crust freezes well.  It will keep for 2-3 months in the freezer.

So there it is! Short and sweet, quick and easy…tradition graham cracker crust for all your cheesecake and pie needs!

Recipes that Use Graham Cracker Crusts:

Graham Cracker Crust

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 3/4 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 7 Tablespoons Butter, melted


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    1 3/4 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs, 1/3 Cup Sugar, 7 Tablespoons Butter
  • Press into a 9" pie dish and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.


Graham Cracker crust can be frozen for 2-3 months


Serving: 1gCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 191mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 306IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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