Friday, September 2, 2022

Recipe for a Graham Cracker Crust Without a Food Processor

graham cracker crust recipe
It has been brought to my attention that most cheesecake recipes online, and in many cookbooks, instruct readers to use a food processor to make the graham cracker crust.  Not everyone owns a food processor, therefore today I want to review and share how I crush graham crackers for my cheesecakes without a food processor.  I will also share my graham cracker crust recipe.

I don't own a food processor, but even if I did, I doubt I would get one out, mess it up, and then wash it simply to make a cheesecake graham cracker crust.  My way, the old fashion way, is so much easier!

You only need a gallon size Ziploc bag and a rolling pin. 


crush graham crackers for graham cracker crust
How to Crush Graham Crackers for a Graham Cracker Crust

It is very simple to crush graham crackers to make a pie or cheesecake crust.  

Simply place 15 graham cracker sheets* in the gallon size Ziploc bag, zip the bag closed leaving about a half inch open. The half inch opening keeps the bag from busting when crushing the graham crackers.  

Then, roll a rolling pin over the closed Ziploc bag to crush the graham crackers inside the bag.

When the graham crackers are fully crushed, pour them into a large mixing bowl, and throw away the Ziploc bag.

Now, isn't that much easier than washing the food processor bowl, lid & blade! 


     *Graham Cracker sheets consist of 4 or more small rectangle or square pieces joined by a scored line. The sheet is the full, unbroken graham cracker. 

full graham cracker sheets
Full Graham Cracker Sheet (Honey Maid brand shown)

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

    graham cracker crust
  • 2 Cups Crushed Graham Crackers  (15 graham cracker sheets)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Melted Butter  (11 Tablespoons) 

Combine all ingredient in a large bowl and mix well with a spatula or spoon. 

Press graham cracker crust in a glass pie plate or springform pan.

Fill with cheesecake or pie filling and bake according to specific recipe.

making a graham cracker crust

homemade cheesecake


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  1. Oh, yum. Wish I'd known you were going to be working on a cheesecake for this review. I would have been glad to come over and help 'crush' graham crackers for the reward of a piece of your cheesecake. LOL. This just goes to show you that the simple solution is often the best solution. Thanks for the reminder, Sylvestermouse.

  2. Oh my goodness, this is just what I needed to go with my coffee this morning. I love how easy it is to make your graham cracker crust and agree wholeheartedly that you don't need that food processor to do this job! I do have one and use it for many other applications, but graham crust isn't one of them for me either! Thanks for this great tip Sylvestermouse Cynthia!

  3. Oh Wow!! I'm coming over with Pat!! Save a slice of that for me!! I 100% agree that is the easiest way to make gram cracker crust. We never use our food processor to make it either.

  4. I adore cheesecake and although I now make the crusts with sugar-free, low carb cookie crumbs (usually shortbread or chocolate), l do sometimes miss being able to eat a traditional graham cracker crust. The traditional method of crushing them is rarely used any longer, but having used it myself when I was younger, I agree with you that it makes clean-up quicker and easier!

  5. That looks so good! I love a graham cracker crust especially on a cheesecake. I have to say I do it your way (or buy them crushed) and I never ever use a food processor. I'm a big fan of few kitchen appliances! Your cheesecake looks so delicious.

  6. Your cheesecake is calling my name. One of my absolute favorite desserts. I am all for simplifying everything that happens in my kitchen. Great tip! Maybe I'll make a cherry cheesecake this weekend now that you have enticed me with this review.

  7. That is how I would make a graham cracker crust. Simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing

  8. I don't currently own a food processor so this is a useful tip for me. Thankyou so much for sharing the method and recipe and now I want cheesecake!!! Yours looks delicious !!


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