- Graham crackers (1 sealed package)
- 4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter (use organic and grass-fed if you can. It’ll taste even better)
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Crush up your graham crackers until they are fairly uniform and “crumb-like.” You can accomplish this a number of different ways:
- Use a food processor and pulse the crackers a few times, until fairly uniform
- Keep the graham crackers in their plastic packaging wrapped in a kitchen towel or placed in a large ziplock bag, and then whack away with a rolling pin or a hammer. You could even punch it into submission if you like. Whatever feels most fun.
- A vitamix works, but you may have to shake it a few times to get all the bits at the bottom
- Transfer the crushed graham crackers to a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Add the salt to the graham crackers and stir it around a bit with your fingers or a fork.
- Melt the butter in your microwave and pour over the graham crackers, then mix with a fork until all of the butter is evenly absorbed. It won’t look like enough butter at first, but 4Tbsp. To 1 Package Graham Crackers is the perfect ratio.
- Pour your mixed up Graham Crackers, salt, and butter into a pie tin and press flat and up the sides with your fingers until you have a relatively even crust.
- If you want it to be super flat or you are having trouble with the corners, use the bottom of a glass, your measuring cup, or a second pie tin of the same shape to press down on the mixture and even everything out.
- Place in your preheated 325F oven for 10-minutes to “blind bake”
- You should see the color darken slightly after about 10-minutes. Avoid letting it stay in the oven long enough for the edges of the crust to start turning black. No bueno (it’s ok, you can always just trim those parts off and no one will know!).
- If you are particularly finicky, you could place parchment paper on top of the graham crackers and then fill the tin with “baking beads” or dried beans, but that isn’t very necessary unless you are baking a dough-based pastry (which will have air pockets you are trying to keep from expanding with the weight of the beads/beans)
- That’s it! You’ve made your own pie crust
If you’re looking to spice things up, try Speculoos cookies or ginger snaps instead of the Graham Crackers. The Speculoos box from TJs comes with 2 “packages”. You only need one for this recipe (you’re aiming for between 4.5-5oz of cookie/cracker. Just divide the total weight on the outside of the box by the number of packages on the inside and you’ll have a good idea of how close you are to what you need)