Basic Crumb Crust

  • Total Time8 mins
  • Makes0 servings

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.