Graham Cracker Pie Crust with Pecans

This simple Pecan Crust recipe is perfect for any kind of pie! The crust can be made as a no-bake crust, or it can be baked.

Easy thick, buttery, NO FAIL Brown Sugar Pecan Graham Cracker Crust with only 4 ingredients is perfect for every pie!  You need this in your dessert back pocket!

overhead view of a pecan crust in a pie plate


Graham Cracker & Pecan Crust

I really wish “dessert back pocket” was a literal thing.  Yum.  Anyhoo, it’s November which means it is officially PIE TIME!

At our Thanksgivings every year, we stuff ourselves with turkey, potatoes, rolls, green beans, etc. to the point of a food coma.  We are all so full that we have to wait for dessert. Now that’s full.  A couple hours later when our stomach muscles can move again, we begin the pie feast.  The best kind of feast.

So in eager anticipation of pie feasting, I bring you this Brown Sugar Pecan Graham Cracker Crust that you need in your life!  It is no fail, SO easy and delicious, goes with almost any pie, way better than store bought and made extra special by the addition of nutty pecans all balanced by the butter and brown sugar.  

Now, I usually don’t like crust enough to just eat it plain – but I was literally eating this homemade graham cracker crust with pecans straight out of my food processor.  Soon you’ll taste why…

This Brown Sugar Pecan Graham Cracker Crust is begging to be filled with anything your heart desires and your mind can dream up!

This pecan crust is so good  and so easy you will be making pies before and after Thanksgiving! Life as it should be.

pecan crust in a white pie plate. green apples rest in the background.

Pecan Crust Ingredients

This can be made as a no bake graham cracker crust, or as a traditional baked graham cracker crust. Either way, the ingredients list is the same:

  • Graham crackers: You’ll need to use 6 whole sheets of graham crackers, which is roughly 1 cup of crumbs.
  • Pecans: Use raw, unsalted pecans for this easy graham cracker crust recipe.
  • Unsalted butter: I prefer using unsalted butter in my baked goods so I can control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar works nicely in this recipe because it sweetens the crust and adds a slight molasses flavor.
overhead view showing how to make a homemade graham cracker crust with pecans.

How to make Graham Cracker Pie Crust

  1. To make this easy, 4-ingredient pecan crust, simply add your pecans and graham crackers to your food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.
overhead view of pecan pie crust ingredients blitzed in a food processor
  1. Add in your butter and brown sugar and process until pecans and graham crackers are finely ground and the butter and brown sugar are completely incorporated.
overhead view of pecan pie crust ingredients blitzed in a food processor
  1. Then pour into your pie pan.
pecan crust mixture being poured into a white pie plate
  1. Next, press your pecan/graham cracker mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of your pan.  I like to use the bottom of a measuring cup to compact the bottom.
pecan pie crust being pressing into a pie plate with a measuring cup
  1. And I like to use my knuckles as an edge guide for the top of the crust.

And voila!

edges of a no bake graham cracker crust with pecans being crimped

Graham Cracker Pie Crust Tips

  • Use fresh graham crackers: Don’t use stale graham crackers to make this pecan pie crust recipe. You want the crumbs to be crispy so the pie crust has a nice texture.
  • Buy pre-made crumbs: If you don’t have a food processor, you can also buy pre-crushed graham cracker crumbs at the grocery store.
  • Use unsalted butter: I almost always add salt to my desserts to enhance the flavor and balance out the sweetness. However, I always use unsalted butter since different brands contain different amounts of salt!

Pecan Graham Cracker Crust Recipe Variations

  • Make it gluten-free: This graham cracker-pecan crust can easily be made gluten-free by using your favorite gluten-free graham crackers.
  • Use different nuts: I love making this homemade graham cracker crust with pecans, but pistachios, walnuts, or another neutral nut can be used too.
  • Use flavored graham crackers: Depending on the dessert you’re making, you could experiment with using flavored graham crackers to make this pecan crust. Chocolate or cinnamon graham crackers would taste great with the pecans!
a pecan crust in a white pie plate

How to Store a Pecan Crust

If storing just the graham cracker-pecan pie crust, you’ll need to cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it (if no-bake) or leave it on the counter (if baked). One you add the filling, the way you store the entire pie will be determined by what the pie is.

Can I make graham cracker pie crust in advance?

Yes! You can completely prepare the homemade graham cracker crust 24 hours in advance of filling and cover with plastic wrap.

Can I freeze graham cracker pie crust

Yes! Cover the homemade graham cracker crust with a few layers of plastic wrap (press tightly to the crust) and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place on your counter overnight.

Graham Cracker Pecan Pie Crust FAQs

Does a graham cracker crust need to be pre baked?

A graham cracker crust doesn’t need to be prebaked if being used for a no-bake dessert. Instead, simply chill the crust in the freezer for one hour or in the fridge for two hours. If baking the pie, a graham cracker crust needs to be prebaked to prevent it from becoming soggy when the filling is added and warmed. It also enhances the crust’s flavor with a subtle toasty note, improves its stability for neat slicing, and acts as a moisture barrier to maintain its texture.

How do you make graham cracker crust not soggy?

To prevent a graham cracker crust from becoming soggy, prebake the crust for about 10-12 minutes before adding the filling so it becomes firm. Additionally, you can brush the cooled crust with a thin layer of melted chocolate or egg white to create a moisture barrier. Finally, if your pie or dessert filling is particularly wet, you can refrigerate the crust for a short time before filling it to further enhance its stability.

Why won’t my graham cracker crust set?

If your graham cracker crust is not setting properly, there could be a few reasons for this issue:
1. Insufficient Baking Time: Make sure you prebake the crust long enough. The crust should turn slightly golden and feel firm to the touch when it’s ready.
2. Too Much Butter: Using too much melted butter in the crust mixture can lead to a soft and greasy texture. Be sure to measure the butter accurately.
3. Inadequate Pressing: When pressing the crumb mixture into the pie dish, ensure it is evenly and firmly packed to create a solid base.
4. Filling Temperature: If you’re adding a hot or warm filling to the crust, it can soften the crust. Allow the filling to cool slightly before pouring it into the crust.
5. Chilling: After prebaking, allow the crust to cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator before adding the filling. This helps it firm up.
6. Moisture from the Filling: Some pie fillings release moisture during baking, which can soften the crust. To combat this, you can brush the cooled crust with a thin layer of melted chocolate or egg white to create a moisture barrier.
7. Type of Graham Crackers: The type and brand of graham crackers you use can affect the crust’s texture. Ensure you use traditional graham crackers, not overly soft or moist ones.

What happens if I put too much butter in my graham cracker crust?

If you put too much butter in your graham cracker crust, it can have several negative effects on the crust’s texture and overall result:
1. Sogginess: Excess butter can cause the crust to become overly greasy and soggy. It won’t hold its shape well, and it may not set properly, leading to a messy or unstable base for your pie or dessert.
2. Crumbly Texture: While butter is essential for binding the graham cracker crumbs, too much butter can result in a crumbly and loose texture that doesn’t hold together when sliced or served.
3. Difficulty Handling: An overly buttery crust can be challenging to work with when pressing it into the pie dish. It may not adhere well, making it more challenging to create an even and firm crust.
To avoid these issues, it’s crucial to follow the recipe’s recommended measurements for both graham cracker crumbs and butter. If you accidentally use too much butter, you can try to balance it by adding more crumbs until you achieve the desired texture.

overhead view of an unbaked raspberry apple pie

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Easy thick, buttery, NO FAIL Pecan Graham Cracker Crust with only 4 ingredients is perfect for every pie!

Pecan Crust Recipe (Graham Cracker Pie Crust for Cheesecake)

Servings: 1 crust
Total Time: 23 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes

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  • 6 whole rectangle graham cracker sheets (12 small square graham crackers) (1 cup crumbs)
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed


  • Add graham crackers and pecans to your food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add sugar and butter and continue to process until finely ground and completely combined.
  • Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pan. (If using for a cheesecake, only press firmly to the bottom and NOT up the sides of springform pan). Press the mixture firmly until compact, using your fingers as an edge guide.
  • For a NO BAKE Dessert Pie, chill Crust in the freezer for one hour or chill in the refrigerator for 2+ hours. For a BAKED PIE, bake Crust at 350 F degrees for 10 minutes. If crust puffs up, press down with the back of a measuring cup.
  • Let the Crust cool completely before filling and returning to the oven with your pie filling (you can place in the refrigerator to speed cooling process along).
  • You can completely prepare the Crust 24 hours in advance of filling and cover with plastic wrap to make your pie making even easier!

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    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Kevin! The hardest part is deciding what type of pie to make 🙂

    • Patricia Longacre says

      Hi Jen-
      I just made 700 desserts for the wedding of my flower girl (26 years ago). She is all grown up now. I used the crust recipe for the mini cheesecakes- delicious!! Thanks Jen!

      • Jen says

        700, wow, you are a saint and what a special, happy occasion! I am so happy this recipe worked so well and your mini cheesecakes sound delicious! Thanks Patricia!!

  1. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! This is fabulous! I just made an apple pie laced with caramel pecan apple butter and this would have been perfect! I have folders labelled by categories and I am renaming my dessert file 🙂

    • Jen says

      Oh my goodness, just the phrase, “laced with caramel pecan apple butter” has me drooling – I think you should take over the blog! 🙂 but yes, this sounds like it would go perfectly with that – yum!! so fun!

  2. Dorothy Dunton says

    Nonsense Jen! I’m just someone who loves cooking and eating! Your blog is full of great food and personality! 🙂

  3. Linda S. says

    Would this work for Pumpkin Pie and not burn for the long bake time? Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Linda, I have cooked this pie shell a very long time but you will need to cover the edges so they don’t burn. Enjoy!

  4. Tina says

    Hi can you use grouned graham crackers im instead how much cups would it be thanks

    • Jen says

      Absolutely! About 1 cup. Enjoy!

  5. Maria says

    I don’t have a large food processor. Will a Vitamix work ok?

    • Jen says

      Hi Maria! I am not familiar with a Vitamix but if it will grind without liquid then yes it will work great otherwise you can crush everything the good old fashioned way with a rolling pin 🙂

  6. Barbara says

    What does the graham cracker crumbs measure out to as I need to use gluten free crackers which are shaped differently.

    • Jen says

      Hi Barbara! I would use about 1 cup cracker crumbs. Enjoy!

  7. Harini says

    My goodness, bless you for this recipe. I’m 15 and I’ve been put in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year for the first time, and I was browsing and behold! A crust that would be amazing for my pecan pie. I can’t wait to use this. One question though, how many cups of crumbs would equal the six graham crackers?

    • Jen says

      Hi Harini! You are amazing tackling Thanksgiving dinner at only 15! I use this exact recipe for my Pecan pie – great recipes think alike 🙂 6 graham cracker sheets equals 1 cup of crumbs. Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Harini says

        Thank you so much! I tested a pumpkin pie today with this crust and it was so so so delicious! Happy Thanksgiving <3

        • Jen says

          You are so welcome! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!!

  8. Pat Byrne says

    Can pitashchios be used in place if pecan and white sugar instead of brown?

    • Jen says

      Yes that sounds delicious!

  9. Rebecca says

    Made this crust with your apple raspberry pie. Really easy and tasty. Gave a nice crunch and not overly sweet, so it didn’t compete with the filling. Even my autistic child, that does not like nuts, gobbled it up. Highly recommend.

    • Jen says

      Thank you for your awesome comment Rebecca, I’m so pleased it was a winner with everyone! Happy holidays!

  10. Wink says

    I’m currently baking a pumpkin pie with this crust and even if it turns out terrible (I’m pretty sure it won’t) this recipe is worth it just for how amazing the house smells right now. Mmmm, warm pecans and butter with caramelizing brown sugar… thank you for this aroma!

    • Jen says

      What a delightful message, thank you so much! I hope your pumpkin pie is every bit as delectable as how this graham cracker crust smells! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Tami Smith says

    This crust is just what I’ve been searching for. I have some pre ground pecans. Would I use the same measurement? Thank you.

    • Jen says

      Oh good! You will want 1/2 cup of finely ground pecans. Enjoy!

  12. Kenzi says

    I love the simplicity of this crust recipe. Now I just wish I could execute it properly. Every time I make the crust it comes out like a rock hard brittle. I’ve tried increasing the fat content as well as blind baking at a lower temperature….I just can’t get the crust to come out halfway decent so people can eat it.
    Any suggestions?

    • Jen says

      Hi Kenzi, try baking it for less time and it won’t be hard/brittle. Best!

  13. Emi says

    Do I bake it before filling and baking it once again? I want to make an apple tart with this crust.

    • Jen says

      Yes, bake for 10 minutes and then bake again. Enjoy!

  14. Emilee says

    Cannot wait to try this out! If I am using it for an apple pie, do I bake before filling and baking further or do I simply bake everything at one time?

    • Jen says

      Hi Emilee, yes, bake first at 350 F degrees for 10 minutes. If crust puffs up, press down with the back of a measuring cup. Enjoy!

  15. Shirley says

    If I make it a day ahead, does it need to be refrigerated or can it stay outside overnight? I’m in TX.

    • Jen says

      It can be wrapped and stored on the counter. Enjoy!

      • Shirley says

        Thank you so much for your prompt response! Happy Thanksgiving

  16. Steph says

    I made this crust but I had an issue with the sides falling down. The texture pre-bake was a bit buttery and my pie tin is made of glass. After baking for 10 min, jst the tips of the crust were like a crust and most of the sides had slid to the center. Any recommendations on how to save it?

    • Jen says

      I’m sorry Steph! You can press the sides back up while they are still soft and drying.

  17. Sarah says

    Could this work with almond flour and brown sugar instead of graham crackers? It could be gluten free then! I think I’ll try it with out the grahams!

    • Jen says

      Hi Sarah! It is definitely worth a try! Happy experimenting!