11 Ingredients You Can Turn into a Crumb Crust

From graham crackers to nuts to ice cream cones, you can make a delicious crumb crust out of just about any kind of sweet dessert!

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Easy Peanut Butter & Pretzel Pie
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Pretzels are not only for on-the-go snacking. They can also add the perfect salty base for a sweet pie or cake. Try grinding them up and combining the crumbs with butter for a crispy crust, then topping with any chocolate cream or peanut butter filling. This easy peanut butter-pretzel pie is a must-try!

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Macadamia Key Lime Pie
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Without a doubt, nuts add richness and flavor to any dessert. So why not add an extra dose in the base of your favorite pie! Finely chopped almonds, walnuts, pecans and macadamia nuts all work great combined into your classic crumb crust recipe. Just check out this tropical macadamia pie.

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Creamy Coffee Pie
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An Oreo crust works beautifully with any kind of chocolate cream pie. The Oreo cream helps hold the crust together while giving you that delicious childhood memory back. An Oreo crust will also work well with a coffee-flavored dessert like this creamy coffee pie.

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Easy Cream Pie
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Graham Crackers

Graham crackers are the originals of crumb crust ingredients. They’re sweet, buttery, and so much easier to use than pastry pie crust. Simply mix the crumbs with butter and sugar for an instant pie crust. Though if you want to put a twist on the old standard—use chocolate or cinnamon grahams. All flavors go will with this classic cream pie.

Check out our tried and true technique for making the perfect graham cracker crust.

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Contest-Winning Raspberry Cream Pie
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Nilla Wafers

Nilla wafers have a similar consistency to graham crackers, so they make the perfect base for a crumb crust. They also have that delightful vanilla flavoring, making them the perfect base for any type of fruit pie—like this raspberry pie—or even banana cream.

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Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream Pie
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If you like a little spice in your life, ditch the graham crackers and try a gingersnap pie crust. The zing from the ginger will pair perfectly with any fall dessert, especially this gingersnap pumpkin ice cream pie. Gingersnaps topped with pumpkin, cream cheese, and butterscotch pudding? You had us at gingersnaps!

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Black Forest Tart
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Wafer Cookies

Wafer cookies are light and airy which make them perfect for crushing into a crust. Use vanilla wafer cookies for just about any pie or opt for chocolate wafers to combine with flavors like peppermint, salted caramel or even cherries for a pretty Black Forest pie.

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Cherry Almond Mousse Pie
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Leftover shortbread at home? OK, we know that almost never happens, but if you have a few cookies leftover, crush them into a crust for your next pie. Just sub in shortbread crumbs in your favorite crumb crust recipes. Try it with this cherry almond mousse pie.

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Easy Confetti Pie
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Ice Cream Cones

Adding ice cream cones to any dessert immediately elevates the excitement level. Try using a cake cone to get a wafer cookie consistency to your crust. If you prefer a crispier crust, try mixing sugar cones into your recipe. This works well for ice cream pies and super fun desserts like this confetti pie.

Check out more confetti treats.

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Easy Crunch Berry Pie
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Even though you may no longer snack on Cap’n Crunch each morning, it’s still okay to indulge sometimes, especially when they can be made into the perfect sweet pie crust. Try crushing up your favorite crunchy cereal—Crunch Berries, Fruity Pebbles, Trix, you name it—then using it as a crust for a frozen yogurt pie like this one.

If you love cereal (even the sugary kind for kids!), try these recipes.

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Easy Pink Lemonade Pie
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It might sound strange, but these salty crackers make the perfect pairing with sweet pie fillings. Just check out this easy pink lemonade pie—tart, sweet and salty, this dessert has it all.

Check out other inventive ways to use saltines in your recipes.

Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.