Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust

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This is the best Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust recipe that you’re guaranteed to come back to again and again! Pies, tarts, cheesecakes, and more – tuck all of your favorite fillings and desserts into this sweet and buttery homemade pie crust. Made with just 4 ingredients!

Overhead view of a springform pan and pie plate filled with gluten-free graham cracker crust.

An Easy Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust for All of Your Favorite Desserts

It’s no secret that I love pies. As soon as fall rolls around, you’ll find me up to my nose in recipes for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie or Gluten-Free Dutch Apple Pie

But then there are the no-bake desserts. Or desserts like cheesecake, that demand a different sort of crust. This year, I thought it was high time to share my easiest recipe for gluten-free Graham cracker crust. Made with homemade Graham crackers, no less! Though you can use your favorite brand from the store if you prefer.

This crust is sweet and buttery, and it’s all sorts of delicious. Plus, it’s so, so easy to make. My crust recipe comes together in just 10 minutes with 4 ingredients. Then you either chill it or bake it, and it’s ready to use in any and all of your favorite gluten-free desserts!

Gluten-free graham cracker crust pressed into two pie plates and a springform pan.

What You’ll Need

You only need 4 ingredients to make a perfect homemade Graham cracker pie crust. Be sure to refer to the recipe card for the full amounts:

  • Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crumbs: I use my homemade Gluten-Free Graham Crackers and crush them into crumbs (this is easy to do in a food processor). You can also use your preferred brand of Graham crackers (gluten-free, or regular if you aren’t making this crust gluten-free).
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Butter: Unsalted butter is recommended, this way you can adapt the saltiness of the crust mixture to taste. Melt the butter in the microwave before you start.
The ingredients for homemade gluten-free graham cracker crust.

How to Make This Simple Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust

Before you begin, you’ll need to pulse your Graham crackers into crumbs in a food processor. If you don’t have a blender or food processor handy, don’t worry. You can also kick it old-school with a large zip-top bag and a rolling pin!

Now that your crumbs are ready and the butter is melted, let’s go ahead and make a crust:

Combine: Whisk together the Graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt with a fork. Cut in the melted butter until the crumb mixture is thick and sandy. If you give it a pinch, the mixture should clump a little. If needed, adjust the texture by adding a spoonful of either crumbs or butter at a time until the moisture is just right.

Prepare the Pan: This crust recipe will fill the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate or a 9- to 10-inch springform pan. Gently press the Graham cracker mixture into your chosen pan, using your hands (or the bottom of a glass) to push it into the bottom and up the sides.

Refrigerate or Bake: For a no-bake crust, you’ll need to place the pan in the fridge to chill for about an hour before you fill it. Alternatively, par-bake the crust in a 350ºF oven for about 7-9 minutes, until it’s crisped up and golden.

Does a Graham Cracker Crust Need to Be Baked?

The beauty of this Graham cracker crust is while it can be par-baked, you don’t have to bake it. Since there aren’t any eggs or raw flour in the recipe, this makes it safe to leave unbaked for cheesecakes, refrigerator pies, and other no-bake desserts.

Helpful Hints

This is one recipe you’ll want to have handy for all your holiday baking! Here are some pointers when making a gluten-free Graham cracker crust from scratch:

  • Why Did My Graham Cracker Crust Fall Apart?: This is likely because the ratio of crumbs to butter is off. Not all gluten-free Graham crackers are the same in terms of moisture and consistency. You may need to add more crumbs if your mixture is too moist, or more butter if the mixture is too dry. Also, make sure that you’re pressing the crust firmly enough into the pan.
  • How Do You Keep a Graham Cracker Crust From Getting Soggy?: If the recipe you’re working with has particularly wet ingredients, or if you’re concerned that your crust might become soggy over time, here’s a trick. Chill the finished Graham cracker crust in the fridge, then brush the crust with an egg wash before par-baking (this tip will only work with par-baked crusts). The egg should dry out and harden enough to keep the crust crispier longer.
Gluten-free graham cracker crust pressed into a springform pan.

Recipe Variations

There are so many ways that you can adapt and fill this Graham cracker crust! Here are some easy variations:

Gluten-free graham cracker crust pressed into a metal pie plate.

How to Store Your Homemade Crust

This Graham cracker crust can be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge, baked or unbaked, for up to 3 days. I recommend covering it with plastic wrap or foil for extra protection.

Can I Freeze This?

Yes! Your gluten-free crust can be wrapped up tightly and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you’ve baked the crust first, be sure to let it cool completely before freezing.

Gluten-free graham cracker crust pressed into two pie plates and a springform pan.

Shop the Recipe

While I like to use my homemade gluten free graham crackers, there are gluten free graham-style crackers you can buy (and even some already packages as crumbs). Just realize you may have to adjust the consistency by adding more crumbs or more butter to get that nice, sandy consistency.

Two gluten free graham cracker crusts in glass pie plates and one in a springform pan.
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Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust

An easy 4-ingredient Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust recipe for all your favorite pies, tarts, cheesecakes, and more. This classic crust is sweet, buttery, and ready for filling!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 9 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 19 mins
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free graham cracker crumbs (use my homemade Gluten Free Graham Crackers, or your favorite brand and pulse them in a food processor to form crumbs)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • If your recipe calls for a par-baked crust, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt, and toss them together with a fork. Pour the melted butter over the top and toss until moistened evenly. It will be thick and sandy, and should clump together loosely when pinched. Because gluten-free graham crackers can vary in moisture and consistency, you may need to add more crumbs if it is too moist, a Tablespoon at a time, or more butter if it is too dry, about a half Tablespoon at a time.
  • Transfer the crust mixture to a 9-inch pie plate and a 9- to 10-inch springform pan, depending on the recipe you are making. Using your hands or a glass, press it firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. For the springform pan, you’ll want to go about ¾- to 1-inch up the sides.
  • For a no-bake crust, refrigerate for at least 30-60 minutes before filling. For a par-baked crust, bake at 350°F for 7-9 minutes or until golden and slightly crisp.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 146IU3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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