20 Crumb Crusts

20 Crumb Crusts

When you want a different twist on a dessert, try some of these tasty crumb crusts. Some of these I’m sure you’ve  heard of before, but many are very different. Pair these crusts with a complimentary flavor of ice cream, pudding, or pie mixture for a unique switch on your favorite recipe. It’s handy to have these all in one place so it’s easy to find when needed. Most are crumb crusts with some baked and some chilled. Two are roll-out crusts.  The crusts work well in either a pie pan, 8 x 8 pan, or spring-form pan.

Graham Cracker:

1  1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 3 T. sugar, and 1/3 to 1/2 c. melted butter. Press into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Try cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers, too.


1 cup finely chopped pecans, 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. soft butter. Bake at 450 degrees for 5-7 min.


Combine 18 crushed chocolate Oreos with 1/3 c. melted butter. Press into pan and chill. Try other Oreo flavors, too.

Chocolate Wafer:  (these are found in the baking section; not in the cookie aisle)

Combine 18 crushed chocolate wafers with 1/2 C melted butter. Chill.


Combine 2/3 c. finely ground almonds and 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs. Slowly add 2 T. oil or melted butter. Press firmly into spring-form or pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Try it in this recipe…. Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert

Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert grandparentsplus.com


Combine 16 crushed graham cracker squares (approx. 1  1/2. cup) or 20 crushed chocolate wafers with 1/4 c. melted butter and 2 T. Kahlua. Press into pan and chill.

Add ice cream and you’ll have a delicious dessert pie!

Vanilla Wafers:

Combine 1  1/2 c.  crushed vanilla wafers with 1/4 c. melted butter. Chill or bake a few minutes.

Try using this in Best Banana Cream Pie

Best Banana Cream Pie grandparentsplus.com

Pretzel Crumb:

Combine 1 c. pretzel crumbs with 1/3 c. melted butter and 2 T. sugar. Chill.


Mix 1 c. zwieback crumbs, 1/4 c. powdered sugar, and 2 T. melted butter. Press into pan. Chill.

Corn Flake:

Combine 1 c. crushed corn flakes, 1/4 c. sugar and 1/3 c. melted butter. Press into pan and chill.

Peanut Butter:

Make graham cracker crust, except, in place of butter, use 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. creamy-style peanut butter. melt together and add to crumb mixture.

Rice Krispy:

Combine 1 c. rice krispies, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 c.  melted butter. Press into pan and chill.

Butter Crunch:

Combine 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1 c. flour, and 1/2 c. butter. Add 1/2 c. chopped pecans or coconut. Mix with hands. Spread in 9 x 13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Take from oven and stir with spoon. Save 3/4 c. for topping and immediately press rest of mixture into 9 inch pie pan. Chill.

Try this one with your favorite Coconut Cream Pie recipe!

Chocolate Krispy:

Melt 1/3 c butter with 1 (6 0z.) pkg. chocolate chips. Add 2  1/2 c. crushed Rice Krispies. Press into pie plate and chill.

Vary this recipe….  Buster Bar Dessert

Buster Bar Dessert (copycat) grandparentsplus.com


Sour-Cream pastry: (Roll-out)

Cute 2/3 c. butter into 2 c. flour, until coarse and crumbly. Beat 1 egg with 1/3 c. sour cream and stir into flour mixture. Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30-40 minutes. Roll out and bake in a 9 inch pie pan.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Try this with  Lemon Blueberry Pie

Lemon Blueberry Pie grandparentsplus.com

Cocoa Pie Crust:

Combine 1/4 c. cocoa, 1 c. Bisquick and 2T. sugar. Cut in 1/4 c. butter and add 3 T. boiling water. Mix until dough forms a ball and sides of bowl are clean. Pat into 9 in. pie pan. Bake 8-10 minutes.

Chip and Chex Pie Crust:

Combine 1/3 C. chocolate chips, 1 1/4 crushed Rice Chex cereal, 1/4 c. brown sugar, and 1/3 c. melted butter. Press evenly onto bottom and sides of buttered 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Add: Your favorite ice cream! (mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip, or any flavor with a bit of chocolate in it!)

Chocolate-Coconut Crust:

Melt 4 oz. chocolate chips and 2 T butter over low heat. Stir in 2 c. flaked coconut. Mix well and press on bottom and sides of a 9 in. pie plate. Freeze.

Toasted Coconut Pie Crust:

Combine 7 oz.  pkg coconut which has been toasted in the oven, with 3 T. butter and 1 T. cinnamon. Press into 9 in. pie pan. Freeze 15 minutes.

Cream Cheese pastry:  (Roll-out)

Beat together 8 oz cream cheese, softened, with 8 oz. softened butter. Then beat in 1/2 c. heavy cream. Add a pinch of salt to 2  1/2 c. flour and add slowly to cheese mixture, forming dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour before rolling out. Bake crust, according to specific recipe used.

Enough pie crusts for you? Now, try using them on some of the recipes you have and combine them with a new crust to give your dessert  or pie a different flavor!



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