Any Crumb Pie Crust Recipe

Want a quick variation to traditional pie crust? Try out a crumb crust. The original crumb crust is made with graham crackers. But you can adapt this recipe using any combination of crumbs. Play around with different kinds of cookies, crackers, and sweet and salty flavors.

This crust can be ready in as quickly as 15 minutes! You can either bake the crust to set it, or put in the freezer, depending on how you want to make it..

You can also adapt how thick you want the crust, and if you end up with extra crumbs, just save them for a little tasty topping on your pie, or eat them up with spoon.


Any Crumb Crust Recipe

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Use any crumbs you have around to create a tasty crust ready for any pie filling. Mix and match textures, flavors and sweetness for a fun crust.


  • 1 ¾ c crumbs (graham cracker, shortbread cookie, chocolate cream cookie, pretzels, cereal, chips, or salted crackers)
  • 6-8 Tbsp butter, melted
  • Optional (add and adjust if crust needs more sweetness)
  • ¼ c granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt



Mix together crumbs and add butter until the mixture holds together in clumps when pressed with your fingers. Add a little more butter if needed to keep things together.


Press the crumbs into the pan by starting around the edges, and then spreading onto the bottom of the pan. Use a flat bottomed cup or tamper to press the crust down, the more you press the crust in, the less likely it is to slump down while baking. The goal is to achieve an even layer around the pan, so use the cup to press into the corners. There might be some extra crumbs left over, those are great for sprinkling on the top of the pie like a streusel or just eat those up with a spoon.


Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 10-15 minutes depending on desired doneness. Alternately, you can freeze the crust for 10-15 minutes to set the crust.

Try out a crumb crust the next time you’re making a pie and enjoy the simple, homemade flavor!

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