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Ultimate Premade Graham Cracker Crust Guide: All Your Questions Answered (2022)

Do you have questions about premade graham cracker crust? Get answers to every storage, baking, nutrition, and troubleshooting question.

You bought a premade graham cracker crust, and now you have questions. Good news! This guide was made for you.

Find out the best storage practice, plus how long those crusts last. (Hint: a long time.) Learn baking directions and what pies taste best with graham cracker crusts.

Understand the best ways to cut a pie and how many slices you can squeeze out of one pie. Discover smart troubleshooting tips to prevent sogginess and crumbling.

Plus, get a list of ingredients and nutrition facts. This guide has it all. Let’s get rolling.

How Long Do Keebler Pie Crusts Last?

Keebler pie crusts have a “best if used by” date stamped on the bottom of the aluminum pie tin. These dates are often at least a year from the date of purchase. They can last a long time.

Always store Keebler pie crusts at cool room temperature in the original packaging. Keep them in a cupboard away from strong-smelling items. When stored properly, a Keebler pie crust can last beyond the best-by date (up to a year) with little change to its quality.

Can You Use an Expired Graham Cracker Pie Crust?

According to the USDA, a “best if used by” date indicates when the product tastes the best. The date has nothing to do with food safety. Instead, it represents when the pie has the best flavor and quality.

Can you use an expired graham cracker pie crust? You can use an expired graham cracker pie crust if it was correctly stored and there is no sign that the crust has been spoiled.

If the pie crust looks moldy, smells “off”, or has a suspicious appearance, throw it out. If moisture has gotten into the crust, toss it.

While an expired crust may be safe to eat, it may not taste as good as you hope. Especially if it is far past its “best if used by” date.

Be wise. If it is close to the stamped date, use it. If the date is long gone, go get another pie crust from the grocery store.

How Long Does Store-Bought Pie Crust Last in the Fridge?

Premade Graham Cracker Pie Crusts

Do not keep store-bought graham cracker pie crusts in the fridge. Instead, store them in the original packaging in a cool, dark place for up to a year.

If you stow a store-bought pie crust in the fridge, the crust can pick up odors from other food over time. Don’t keep the crust next to garlic, kimchi, or your favorite stinky cheese.

The refrigerator can also dry the crust out. Dry crust = crumbly crust. Best avoid the fridge.

However, you can store a prepared pie with a premade graham cracker crust in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days.

Refrigerator Pie Crust

When stored in the fridge, refrigerated pie crust can last four to six weeks in the original packaging.

Can You Freeze Premade Graham Cracker Crusts?

You can freeze premade graham cracker crusts, although freezing the pie shell is unnecessary. Graham cracker crusts have a long shelf life of at least a year.

If you are set on freezing the crust, keep it in the original packaging. Place the crust in a zip-top freezer bag and seal it. A freezer bag will help keep other odors from tainting the crust.

You can also freeze a pie made with a premade graham cracker crust. Freeze either no-bake or baked pies in graham cracker crust. Both freeze well.

cherry pie filling covered and waiting to chill

Directions:

  1. After making the pie, invert the clean plastic lid (that came in the packaging) onto the pie.
  2. Crimp the foil around the lid to hold it in place.
  3. For extra freshness protection, cover the pie tin with aluminum foil.
  4. Place the pie tin in a zip-top freezer bag and seal it.
  5. Freeze for 2 to 3 months.
  6. When you are ready to eat the pie, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.

Premade Graham Cracker Crust Product Information

Here are some common questions you may have about premade graham crust.

Are Premade Graham Cracker Crusts Baked?

Premade graham cracker crusts are already baked. Because they have been previously baked, they are perfect for no-bake desserts. Fill, chill, and serve.

They also come packaged in a disposable pie tin, so clean-up is a breeze.

What is the Best Store-Bought Graham Cracker Crust?

Can you buy ready-made graham cracker crust? There are a variety of ready-made graham cracker crusts. The most popular brands are Keebler Ready Crust and Honey Maid graham cracker crust.

Kroger store brand sells a 9-inch graham cracker crust made with real graham cracker crumbs. Arrowhead Mills also makes a 9-inch organic graham cracker pie crust.

Other store brands that sell premade graham cracker pie crusts include Great Value, Food Club, and Baker’s Corner.

Keebler Ready Crust

Keebler Ready Crust is America’s #1 crumb crust based on pie crust sales in 2019. It is an excellent choice for no-bake and baked pies.

Keebler Graham Cracker Crust Sizes

Keebler graham cracker crusts come in three sizes: 10-inch (9 oz), 9-inch (6 oz), and 3-inch (4 oz).

Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crust

Do you love Nabisco’s Honey Maid graham crackers? If so, you will love their graham cracker crust. Tasty graham crackers make a delicious graham cracker crust.

How many inches is honey maid graham cracker crust? Honey Maid graham cracker crust is available as a 9-inch (6 oz) crust.

Kroger Graham Cracker Crust

Kroger is a high-quality store brand. They make their graham cracker pie crust with real graham cracker crumbs. Honey Maid and Kroger were the only premade crusts I found with this claim.

Kroger graham cracker pie crusts come in 9-inches (6 oz).

How Big is a 6 oz Pie Crust?

A 6-oz pie crust is advertised as 9 inches. In reality, the crust is not quite that large.

Shrinkflation – when less comes in the package, but the price remains the same – is hard at work here.

A 6 oz pie is approximately 9 inches. However, it is not quite that large. In tiny print, Keebler is the only brand that specified the size of 9 inches.

A 6 oz pie will hold approximately 4 cups of filling.

How Many Slices Can You Get Out of a 9-inch Pie?

A 9-inch pie divides perfectly into 8 slices. However, you can squeeze 12 pieces out of it without too much trouble.

Always start by cutting the pie in half. Then it is easier to cut the pie pieces uniformly.

No, you don’t need to get out a ruler. However, measuring might help if you have kids eyeing the pie, waiting to call the largest piece the moment it is cut.

How Big is a 9 oz Pie Crust?

A 9 oz. pie crust is advertised as a 10-inch pie crust. It is almost 10 inches. Less shrinkflation than the 6 oz. pie crust.

A 9 oz. pie crust will hold approximately 6 cups of filling.              

How Many Slices Can You Get Out of a 10-inch Pie?

It is easiest to cut 8 slices from a 10-inch pie. However, depending on the size of pieces you cut, you could stretch it further.

Always start by cutting the pie in half. Then go from there. You can cut the slices as large or small as you want.

cut a pie in half before cutting slices

If it is the only pie, cut the slices larger.

However, if you are serving several pie varieties, your family may want a small taste of each. In this case, cut smaller pieces.

cutting half a pie in quarter wedges

We have cut 16 small slices from a 10-inch pie before.

Do You Have to Bake Keebler Ready Crust?

close up slice of Arizona sunshine lemon pie

Keebler Ready crust is prebaked, so there is no need to bake it. Fill, chill, and serve your no-bake dessert.

However, if you want a golden crust, you can prebake the Ready Crust. Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C) and bake for 5 minutes. Cool the crust before filling it.

Does Keebler Graham Cracker Crust Need to Be Refrigerated?

Keebler graham cracker crust does not need to be refrigerated. Simply store the pie crust in the original packaging in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use it.

The pie crust can dry out and pick up odors if kept in the refrigerator.

How to Make Pie with Ready Crust (or any premade graham cracker crust)

Keebler Graham Cracker Crust Instructions

Keebler graham cracker crust is ready to use. For no-bake desserts, simply fill, chill, and serve.

Directions:

  1. If you want a golden crust for a no-bake dessert, preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C).
  2. Brush the pie crust with a beaten egg or egg white wash (optional). Whip an egg or egg white with 1 tablespoon of cold water.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Cool before filling.

For baked desserts, follow the recipe instructions for baking time. For example, bake a pumpkin pie for 40 to 45 minutes, whether using a Keebler’s Ready Crust or a pie dough crust.

Do I need to bake a premade graham cracker crust? Premade graham cracker crusts are already baked. You do not need to bake them unless you want a golden crust.

DO NOT prebake the graham cracker crust when making a baked pie. Simply fill the pie crust and then bake according to recipe directions.

Can Keebler Ready Crust be baked? All Keebler Ready Crust graham pie crusts can be baked if desired. Bake for 5 minutes if you want a golden crust for a no-bake dessert. Or bake according to your pie recipe instructions for a baked pie.

For example, bake a pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, or cherry cheesecake in a Keebler Ready Crust pie shell.

Can you bake Keebler Ready Crust in the foil? Keebler Ready Crust was made to bake in the foil pie tin. First, remove the plastic lid. Then fill with your choice of pie filling and bake according to your recipe’s instructions.

Troubleshooting Tips for Premade Graham Cracker Crust

Sometimes you might run into a few snags when using premade graham cracker crust. Luckily, I have a few helpful suggestions for you.

How Do You Keep Graham Cracker Crust From Getting Soggy?

Soggy graham cracker crust is a pain. However, there are a few techniques that can help prevent sogginess.

Bake Dry

Bake the crust for 5 minutes at 375° F (190° C). The crust will turn golden brown. Baking can also help keep the crust dry.

Bake with Egg Wash

If you need a little more protection, brush the crust with a whipped egg or an egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon of water. Then bake for 5 minutes at 375° F (190° C). The egg wash helps make a barrier between the filling and the crust.

Use this method for no-bake and baked pies.

Brush with Melted Chocolate

Line the pie crust with a layer of melted chocolate. Melt white chocolate or melt regular chocolate. Then brush the melted chocolate onto the pie crust. After the chocolate hardens, fill the crust.

This method is for no-bake recipes.

Almond bark is a good substitute for real white chocolate when coating the pie crust. In a pinch, you could also use candy melts.

Sprinkle with Crushed Saltine Crackers

Saltine crackers crumbs can help absorb moisture and prevent pie sogginess.

Directions:

  1. Crush several unsalted saltine crackers into a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle a layer of cracker crumbs on the bottom of the pie tin.
  3. Pour in the pie filling.
  4. Bake the pie.

How Do You Keep Store-Bought Graham Cracker Crust From Crumbling?

crumbled graham cracker crust

Premade graham cracker crust can be sturdy and hold its shape in the pie tin with the plastic lid. However, it shows its fragility if you tilt the tin when the crust doesn’t have filling in it yet. It will crumble out of the pan.

The best way to keep store-bought graham cracker crust from crumbling is to bake it, coat it, and cut it with a serrated knife. Oh, and don’t tilt the crust if it has no filling in it.

Bake the crust to prevent crumbling.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F (190° C).
  2. Whisk 2 egg whites until frothy. Mix in 1 tablespoon of water.
  3. Brush the egg white wash onto the crust.
  4. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Cool completely and then freeze for 10 minutes before adding the filling.

Brush the crust with melted chocolate to eliminate crumbling.

Directions:

  1. Chill the crust in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  2. Melt the chocolate. Try melting ½ cup of regular chocolate or white chocolate in the microwave or on the stove.
  3. Brush a thin layer of melted chocolate onto the chilled crust.
  4. Allow the chocolate to harden before adding the filling.

Cut with a serrated knife to make a cleaner slice.

Directions:

  1. If the pie has been in the refrigerator, remove it 5 to 10 minutes before cutting it.
  2. Use a serrated knife to make the cut.

What Can I Do With a Store-Bought Graham Cracker Crust?

no-bake cherry pie slice and fork

There are a variety of recipes to make with a graham cracker crust. Here are just a few.

Can I Substitute Graham Cracker Crust for Pie Crust?

When you don’t have the desire to make pie crust, graham cracker crust is the perfect substitute. Graham cracker crust is ideal for baked pies that don’t have a top. Like pumpkin pie or pecan pie.

If you like some sort of topping, consider making an easy streusel or crumble topping. Combine flour, oats, or chopped nuts with sugar and butter and sprinkle it on top of the pie before baking.

What is Graham Cracker Crust Made Of?

A graham cracker crust is made of crushed graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter. The ingredients are mixed together and then pressed into a pie pan. The crust is baked at 375° F (190° C) for 5 to 7 minutes. Prebaking the crust helps the crust keep its shape.

A store-bought premade graham cracker crust is made with similar ingredients. The difference is that a premade graham crust is not always made with crushed graham crackers. Instead, it is made with graham cracker ingredients like flour, graham flour, molasses, palm oil, and baking soda. Plus, additives for freshness and preservation.

Keebler Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients

The ingredients in a Keebler graham cracker crust are:

  • Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, folic acid)
  • Palm and palm kernel oil (with TBHQ for freshness)
  • Sugar
  • Graham flour
  • Corn syrup
  • Molasses
  • Salt
  • Leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate)
  • Malt extract
  • Soy lecithin

Keebler Graham Cracker Crust Nutrition Facts

Keebler graham cracker crust nutrition facts are based on a serving size of 21 grams. This is ⅛ of a 9-inch pie.

These nutrition facts are for the pie crust only and do not include any filling added to the pie crust.

  • 100 calories
  • 5 grams of fat (3 grams of saturated fat and 1.5 grams of monounsaturated fat)
  • 0 mg of cholesterol
  • 115 mg of sodium
  • 14 grams of carbohydrates
  • <1 gram of dietary fiber
  • 6 grams of sugar (including 5 grams of added sugars)
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 5 mg calcium
  • 0.4 mg iron
  • 10 mg potassium

How Much Sugar is in a Premade Graham Cracker Crust?

Keebler graham cracker crust lists 6 grams of sugar per serving size (⅛ of the pie). This means that there are 48 grams of sugar in the whole 9-inch pie crust.

The sugars in a premade graham cracker pie crust come from sugar (presumably white granulated), corn syrup, and molasses.

blueberry pie with streusel topping and premade graham cracker crust

FAQ

Can you put premade graham cracker crust in the oven?

You can put premade graham cracker crust in the oven. Fill the crust and then bake according to your recipe’s instructions.

What kind of pie can I make with a graham cracker crust?

You can make any type of pie you like with graham cracker crust. No-bake pies are especially good with a graham cracker crust. Cheesecake, key lime, and ice cream pie are also popular choices.

Also, try baked fruit pies as well as savory pies.

Can you use premade graham cracker crust for quiche?

Graham cracker crust is perfect for a quick and easy quiche. Pour the egg filling into the shell and bake following your recipe’s instructions.

Can you use premade graham cracker crust for key lime pie?

Graham cracker crust is my first choice for key lime pie. Especially a no-bake key lime pie. It is a breeze to whip up.

The best graham cracker crust for key lime pie is Keebler Ready Made graham crust.

Can you use premade graham cracker crust for strawberry pie?

Baked or no-bake strawberry pies go well with a premade graham cracker crust. Just follow the recipe directions, and you have got a delicious pie without wrestling with pie crust.

Can you use premade graham cracker crust for sweet potato pie?

The mild sweetness of the sweet potato and graham cracker crust pair beautifully. No need to struggle with any other pie crust. Pull out your premade graham cracker crust and get baking.

What is the best graham cracker crust for cheesecake?

The best graham cracker crust for cheesecake is Keebler Ready Made crust. However, Kroger and Honey Maid graham cracker crust are also excellent choices.

What is the best graham cracker crust for pumpkin pie?

Make Keebler Ready Made crust your first choice for graham cracker crust when making pumpkin pie. After using premade graham cracker crust for pumpkin pie, you won’t ever want to go back to baked crust.

Use premade graham cracker pie crust for every pie you want to tackle. It is easier than any other pie crust and tastes good with any flavor pie – sweet and savory. Finally, it can be baked but does not need to be baked. It is the perfect choice. Happy pie-making!


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Andrew

Friday 22nd of July 2022

What is the volumetric equivalency between the Keebler 3-inch pie crusts and the other sizes? I have a recipe that perfectly fills the 9-inch crust... how many of the minis are needed to use the smaller size pie crusts instead of the 9-inch?

Amy

Thursday 5th of May 2022

Hello. I bought a pre made gluten-free Graham cracker style crust but it is cracked and crumbling (they had 2, both were 😔). Can I crumble the whole thing and add more butter than reform it?

Tami Mack @ The Tasty Tip

Thursday 5th of May 2022

I have never tried to reform the whole broken crust like you are describing. But it seems like it should work. If the crust is really crumbly, give it a try.

But if there are only a few pieces broken off, you can try to "re-glue" them back to the pie tin using melted white chocolate. This works well if the broken pieces are medium or big.

Good luck. I hope you can salvage the crust.