Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

I have a lot of strong beliefs. Here are some:

1) The Indianapolis Colts will rise again.

2) Taking time for yourself is not an act of selfishness, but of necessity.

3) Cakey brownies are a crime against humanity.

4) A lot of brides need to stop wearing strapless gowns. Other silhouettes rock!

5) Trying to sleep in my class is an act of disrespect.

6) Hope springs eternal as long as you’re getting enough sleep.

Oh, and here’s another for you: graham cracker crust needs to be tricked out!

What do I mean by that? I’m so glad you asked!

I used to be one of those poor souls who bought ready-made graham cracker crusts at the grocery store. I was laboring under a terrible misconception that pie crust in general can be tricky, and so therefore graham cracker crust must be the same. Um, wrong!

It’s so easy to make graham cracker crust. It takes a couple of minutes to assemble and a few minutes more to bake. And if you make my tricked-out version, which includes white chocolate and brown sugar, you’ll never think about graham cracker crust the same way again. Here’s how!

The process begins with your favorite microwave-safe bowl. In the bowl, you place 1/3 cup unsalted butter (or margarine if you’re aiming for a non-dairy crust) and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips.

Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

Here’s the vital part: do not overheat the white chocolate. If you do, it will seize up and become impossible to work with. So microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until the mixture is smooth. I typically do that twice, so one minute total.

Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

Once the butter and chocolate are mixed, you add 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar and 1 cup graham cracker crumbs. The brown sugar gives your crust a moister base, and when it bakes up the crust will taste caramelized, kind of like the best graham cracker in the history of the world.

Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

You mix the brown sugar and crumbs in until all the crumbs are moist. That’s essential, because if any crumbs are dry, the crust will crumble like mad. You want it to stand firm!

Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

Press the mixture into a pie plate. I like to use a really big 10-inch monster, but not everyone likes that. Your goal is to press the crumbs evenly along the bottom and up the sides. Once that’s finished, you can bake it. Alternatively, this crust could form the base of a cheesecake in a springform pan.

Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

Preheat the oven to 350 and then bake the crust for 10 minutes. You want it to set without going too far unless you’re using a no-bake recipe, since the crust will get a second oven treatment as soon as you add whatever filling you’re using. If you’re not baking it again, let it sit in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. When you remove the crust from the oven, you should test it lightly to make sure that crumbs are not coming off.

Tricked-Out Graham Cracker Crust Tutorial

And then you’re ready to fill the crust! I’ll share my filling with you in my next post, but some of the more popular choices are citrus-based pie fillings, like key lime or lemon (click on the links to see my recipes!), or even a cheesecake filling works great, like in this cheesepake (no, not a typo) I made.

Don’t fear making homemade crust any more. It’s so much better than the store kind, and your taste buds will thank you!


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Love the title of this crust, Mir! It’s definitely tricked-out! While I’ve made my own crust a few times, I’ve never done it with white chocolate. I love this! Sounds so delicious. Can’t wait to see what your fillings for this pie is! Have a great weekend!
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    1. Mir

      Don’t get too excited! I decided to go with brownie. It’s so good, though!
      Try the white chocolate and let me know what you think! Happy weekend!

  2. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    I love your idea of including melted white chocolate in a graham cracker crust! I’ll try it the next time I make my peanut butter pie. I think my sister believes, like you do, that the Indianapolis Colts are worthy of rising again:)
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    1. Mir

      Your sis and I need to talk! You can also melt PB chips into the crust if you’re making a PB pie. Let me know how it goes!

      1. Mary Frances

        PB chips … genius. Can you come make all my pies for me??
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        1. Mir

          Ha! You know I would!

      2. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

        Peanut Butter chips sound even better:)
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        1. Mir

          I’m with you on that, Heather!

  3. Danielle

    Cakey brownies are definitely a crime against humanity, fudgy brownies all the way!

    Love the addition of the while chocolate to this crust, I’ve never tried that before. I’ll have to give it a go next time I need a graham cracker crust!
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    1. Mir

      Let me know how it goes, Danielle!

  4. Heather

    I agree, the Colts will rise again!

    1. Mir

      Yeah they will!

  5. Mary Frances

    Yes to the cakey brownies. Sometimes I think it should be in the 10 commandments (just kidding 😉 )
    And yes to the strapless gowns. It is ok to wear something else, I know that’s crazy, but …
    And what on earth? How have I been making my crusts without white chocolate all these years? I’ve never seen this before … and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Amazing recipe Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Agreed on all counts! Please try the white chocolate. It’s a total game changer, Mary Frances!

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