Basic Crumb Crust

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* PLUS Baking time: 8 minutes

The essential crust for cheesecakes and cream pies.


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs , or chocolate wafer crumbs (about 18 graham crackers or 30 chocolate wafers)
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar , or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter , melted


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Measure all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together until everything is evenly combined.
  • Squish the mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 or 10 in. (23 or 25 cm) pie plate, pressing the crumbs firmly so that they stick. (Cool trick: Spread the crumb mixture into one pie plate, and smush down with a second pie plate to evenly distribute the crumbs in a neat layer.) Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool before filling.