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Baked Graham Cracker Crust

This Baked Graham Cracker Crust is a little soft, a little crunchy and a little bit sweet. It is the perfect base for your next pie adventure! 

baked graham cracker crust

I feel like key lime pie hogs the limelight when it comes to graham cracker crusts, but let’s not limit ourselves this summer! 

No, I say we branch out and see what else we can put into a graham cracker crust. Why, because it is easy, fast and delicious! This baked version of my no-bake graham cracker crust has a touch of light brown sugar that makes it addictingly good! 

Sometimes only a baked graham cracker crust will do. Yes, yes I have a no-bake version and that one can always be substituted if you are running short on time or oven space; but let’s not discount the crispier, more stable cousin. To bake or not to bake, that is the question!

When to use a baked graham cracker crust rather than an unbaked?

  • When you have a filling that will be baked, especially if that filling is going to be baked at a low temperature. Like our good friend, Key Lime Pie. If you bake a no-bake crust, nothing horrific is going to go wrong, but it might get a bit mushy from a liquid-y filling. Some of the butter might bake out of it and that would end up messing up the texture of your crust and your filling! No Bueno! 
  • If your pie is going to be served room temperature or warm. The point of a no-bake is that it is chilled, so the butter will be solid and that is what holds the crust together. Help your pie keep it together! 
  • If your pie has a liquid filling, baked or unbaked! This is a bit up to your preference (you know I have an opinion!). For example, lemon meringue pie. I’d rather have a more stable crust with a bit of crispness even if not served straight from the refrigerator. 
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baked graham cracker crust

Baked Graham Cracker Crust


  • Author: Lindsey
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Pie Crust 1x

Description

This Baked Graham Cracker Crust is a little soft, a little crunchy and a little bit sweet. It is the perfect base for your next pie adventure! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 126 g Butter, melted, 9 Tablespoons
  • 240 g Graham cracker crumbs, 2 cups
  • 1 t Kosher Salt
  • 44 g Light brown sugar (PACKED, ~3 T)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and press into molds.
  2. Bake 8 minutes at 350°F

Keywords: pie crust, bake pie crust, pies

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