Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

This is my go to Graham Cracker crust recipe.  For cheesecakes, pies and S’more donut topping.  It’s easy and tastes AMAZING.  You can use regular honey graham crackers, cinnamon or chocolate for different flavors. I’m sharing my caramel toffee ice cream pie over at 30 handmade days you should check it out!

an easy and delicious recipe for the perfect graham cracker crust
I also like to use ginger snaps or ground nuts.  As long as the ground “crackers” amount stays the same your good!  But the classic, basic honey graham cracker crust is always a good way to go.

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You can use a food processor to turn the crackers into crumbs… OR manual labor…  This is a great job when you want to get your frustrations out

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OR a great job for your kids.  My kids are ALWAYS asking to help in the kitchen.  So I love finding parts of each recipe where they can participate.  Crushing the crackers with a rolling pin and a gallon size freezer bag is a GREAT job.

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They can even do the next few steps as well.  While still in the bag add the sugar and mix it in.  Then add the melted butter and mix it in as well, just kneading through the bag.

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Now just pour the moist crumbs into your pie pan (or cheecake pan)

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Using the back of a glass or measuring cup spread out the crumbs and pat them down and around the sides.  This does get a bit messy AND it’s a little trickier so I do this part myself.  But if you have older kids this is part that they can do for you!

Now your ready to bake it!

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Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C graham crackers (a full sleeve)
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Crush the graham crackers, I use a gallon size freezer bag and a rolling pin
  3. Add the sugar and mix it in.
  4. Add the melted butter and knead it (still in the bag)
  5. Press into your pan and along the sides.
  6. Bake for 7 mins
  7. Let the crust cool before filling
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And DONE!  What do you think? Are you a graham cracker crust fan? or do you like tradition pie crust (which I love too).

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Today I’m sharing my Caramel Toffee Ice Cream pie over at 30 Handmade Days today!  I hope you all head over and check in out!  It’s one of my kids favorite summer treat!

S’more Donut Recipe

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Time for another S'more recipe!  I seriously had the hardest time NARROWING down the recipes I wanted to create and share for S''more week!  I''ll eventually try them all but for now I wanted to share a recipe that is two loves in one, S'mores and donuts in one, Mmmm Start out by using this homemade donut dough recipe. When it says to roll the dough out to 1/2 an inch roll it out to 1/4 of an inch instead.  And rather than using a donut cutter use a round cookie cutter or a glass.  I went with 3 1/2 inch circles. Next brush milk over half of the circles. Then add marshmallows and chocolate (I used MINI marshmallows and mini chocolate chips, but you could add chocolate bars … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

Stabilized Whipped Cream

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I love fresh whipped cream, I'm not a big fan of store made dessert whipped toppings.  BUT some recipes call for that stabilized whipped topping, so why not make my own? It tastes better AND it's really easy! You really are just adding gelatin to the whipped cream your making.  There are a few tips and trips, like when to add it, but pretty much that's it!  This way it's stronger, you can use it in recipes, or pipe it even, like onto a pie or cake without it getting all melty! So you need whipping cream, vanilla and sugar, just like normal, and some gelatin and some water to dissolve it into!  Easy peasy, I always have these around! Pour the gelatin into the COLD water … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

sunshine pillow crochet pattern

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Before every nap, and every night at bed time, my husband and I sing a few songs to our boys to get them settled. We sing songs that we remember from growing up and songs from our church's children's hymn book. One song that always ends up in the rotation is "You are my sunshine." I'm not sure why, but we all love it. If you listen to all of the lyrics you'll learn that it is actually kind of a depressing song, so we just stick to singing the chorus! That song has served as inspiration for this sunshine pillow crochet pattern that I'm sharing with you today. The boys love having their beds filled with all manner of squishy, comfy accessories. I knew that this happy pillow … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores

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I am so excited to be participating in a S'more week with a ton of other amazing food bloggers this week! I'll have two more recipes myself this week, and so will everyone else!  I can't wait to see all the marshmallowy chocolate goodness!! So today I'm starting out with my new FAVORITE way to eat S'mores... with the best Peanut butter cookies ever.  Seriously this recipe is AMAZING! Because I don't have a firepit AND I don't always want to start a fire I have started making OVEN BAKED S'mores.  YUP fast, easy and I can make them any time I want (which is more often than I'd like to admit these days... Preheat the oven to 350, place the cookies upside down on a cookie … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

Homemade Donuts

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I love donuts! Earlier this summer I had the most amazing made-to-order donuts and ever since I've been obsessed with fresh donuts!  I've been trying a few different recipes all summer and I'm FINALLY happy with one. And today I'm over at Skip to my Lou as part of her summer series sharing the donut picnic party we had including all the glaze recipes we love to use! These are a basic raised donut, meaning they are made with yeast and you let them rise before frying them. (vs baking or dropping them into the oil, other classic donuts).  I'm working on some recipes for the other styles but I'm not ready to share them yet! Basic Raised Donuts Makes 2 dozen 6 Tbsp active dry … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...