This Nilla Wafer Pie Crust uses store-bought cookies in place of graham crackers for a fun and tasty twist on the classic. It’s a sweet and buttery pie crust that makes a great option for holding all sorts of your favorite baked and no-bake pies and cheesecakes.
Homemade Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
It’s always nice to have options and this Nilla Wafer Pie Crust is a great one to have in your back pocket. It takes just about 10 minutes to throw together and tastes great with basically any pie or cheesecake filling that you would normally pair with a graham cracker crust.
We recommend going the “baked” route if you have the time, because the end result will be far less crumbly. However, if you are short on time and plan to fill with something that will be served super cold, you can skip the par-baking altogether and toss in the freezer for a completely no-bake dessert.
Depending on the filling, we will sometimes toss in a few tablespoons of finely chopped pecans or walnuts for a little something special. But, nuts or no nuts, this homemade pie crust is a total hit and couldn’t be more simple.
What Desserts Can I Make With this Nilla Wafer Pie Crust?
You can use this pie crust for any pie or cheesecake where you would normally use a graham cracker or other cookie crust. Some of our favorite fillings to use include:
- Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake
- No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
- Banana Cream Pie
- No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake
- Key Lime Pie
- No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Ingredients in Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
- Nilla Wafers - for this recipe you will need about ⅔ of a box of cookies. Sometimes, you can also get lucky and find these pre-crushed.
- Sugar - you’ll need regular white granulated sugar.
- Butter - we like to use salted butter to add just a touch of salt to the flavor. You can melt either in the microwave or a pot on the stovetop.
- Cinnamon - this is completely optional.
How to Make a Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
- Process the Nilla Wafers. Using a food processor, pulse the Nilla Wafers until they form fine crumbs.
- Mix the ingredients. Transfer to a bowl and add the sugar, melted butter and cinnamon (optional). Mix well until the mixture resembles wet sand and keeps its shape when squeezed in your hand.
- Press into a 9” pie dish. Scoop the mixture into a 9" pie plate and press it in evenly, getting the sides even and then pressing the remaining crumbs into the bottom. You can use the back of a spoon, flat bottom of a measuring cup or even you hands.
- Bake and cool. Bake in a preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until it becomes very lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely before using. Enjoy!
No-Bake Pie Crust Instructions
If you are using a no-bake pie or cheesecake filling and you want to make a truly no-bake dessert, you can freeze the formed Nilla Wafer Pie Crust rather than baking it in the oven. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes (or up to 1 month) before adding your desired no-bake filling.
This method firms up the butter, allowing you to pour in your filling without the crust falling apart and is recommended for pies or cheesecakes that are meant to be served very cold. Once you have added the filling, finish the recipe as directed in the recipe for whichever no-bake dessert you are making, and enjoy!
- Add 2-3 Tablespoons of chopped pecans to the mixture.
- Instead of Nilla Wafers, use gingersnap cookies to make a gingersnap crust.
- Replace the cinnamon with another spice such as nutmeg or ground ginger.
- The measurements also work with a graham cracker crust.
The best way to store this Nilla Wafer Pie Crust is in the freezer. You can store the unbaked crust for up to 1 month as long as it is wrapped well with plastic and aluminum foil.
To use, simply remove from the freezer, add your filling and let it set up (or bake) as directed in the recipe you have chosen.
Nilla Wafer Pie Crust Recipe
- 1 ½ cups Nilla Wafers crushed, about ⅔ of a box
- ⅓ cup Sugar
- 5 Tablespoons Salted Butter melted
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Using a food processor, pulse the Nilla Wafers until they form fine crumbs. Transfer to a bowl and add the sugar, melted butter and cinnamon (optional).
- Mix well until the mixture resembles wet sand and keeps its shape when squeezed in your hand.
- Scoop the mixture into a 9" pie plate and press it in evenly, getting the sides even and then pressing the remaining crumbs into the bottom. You can use the back of a spoon, flat bottom of a measuring cup or even you hands.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until it becomes very lightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely before using. Enjoy!
Here are some more no-bake desserts that we love!
- Cheesecake Strawberries
- Cookie Dough
- Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip
- Nutella No-Bake Cookies
- No-Bake Peanut Butter S'mores Cookie Bars
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies
- More No Bake Recipes
- More Dessert Recipes
- Cake Recipes
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This Nilla Wafer Pie Crust is a great alternative for holding all sorts of your favorite baked and no-bake pies and cheesecakes. It's fun, tasty, and super easy to throw together.