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Graham Cracker or Chocolate Crumb Crust

This makes about a 1cm thick crust for a 9" square or circular pan (with bottom and side crusts) or a 9x13" pan (bottom crust only). This is perfect for cheesecakes or cookie bars.

You can buy pre-crushed crackers if you wish. If you use sandwich cookies, the filling is made of shortening and sugar so you don't need as much butter or sugar.

   
Ingredients - Graham Crust

1 Package (1/3 lb.) Graham Crackers
6 Tbsp. Butter or Margarine (3/4 stick)
2 Tbsp. Sugar

- OR -
Ingredients - Cookie Crust


1/3 lb. (approx 20) sandwich cookies
2 Tbsp. Butter or Margarine
 
Instructions

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First prepare your pan. The easiest way is to use parchment paper. Use a piece larger than your pan. Cut one square out so that it will cover the bottom of the pan. Leave the rest in strips so you can use them for the sides.

 

Take the square piece and fold it diagonally 4 times then center one end above the pan. With your kitchen shears, trim the excess so when you unfold it it will create a circle that just covers the pan.

 

Melt some butter or use cooking spray to lightly grease the pan. This will help the parchment stick to the bottom and sides of the pans.

 

Place the crackers or cookies into a plastic freezer bag. Then you can either
a) roll an old (clean) glass jar over the bag to crush them
- OR -
b) use a blunt object such as a french rolling pin and crush the crackers by pounding them.

 

Move the crumbs into a microwave safe bowl along with the butter and sugar. Microwave for about 60 seconds to melt the butter.

 

Mix the butter and crumbs until uniform, then pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

 

Tamp the crust down so it's uniform using a flat bottomed glass or other object. A little weight will help out too, so you can fill the glass with some change.

 

Blind bake the crust at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes, especially if adding any moist or slow cooking batters to it (like a cheesecake). Allow it to cool for another 10-15 minutes and then you're ready to use it in your favorite recipe.