This 2-ingredient pretzel crust is about the easiest semi-homemade crust you can make and it is so much more impressive than a plain graham cracker crust! If you want to add a little extra salty-sweet flair to your special dessert, blitz some pretzels up and enjoy!!
This gluten-free 2-ingredient pretzel crust is for cheesecakes, strawberry or cream pies, or any recipe that calls for a graham cracker crust that you’d like to take to the next level.
In order to balance out the pie/crust flavors, I usually opt for a sweet or fruity filling and make the plain unsweetened version of the pretzel crust to allow the flavors to remain slightly savory. If you’re making a pie that is less sweet and more “dark” or savory in flavor (like a dark chocolate cheesecake) you might want to add just a touch of sweetener to the crust!
Note: pretzels vary depending on the brand, so if you’re using a different brand of pretzels you may need to add a little more of the ground up pretzels so that the crust won’t be too oily! Some pretzel recipes use more flour, or more leavening and binding agents than others, so the results will vary.
2-Ingredient Pretzel Crust
- 2 - 21/2 Cups Ground LiveGFree Mini Pretzels about 5 cups whole (see the pretzels I used here )*
- 2/3 C. Butter or coconut oil for dairy free
- *see my note in blog post about substituting different brands of pretzels
- *2 Tbsp Sweetener of Choice Optional
- Blitz pretzels in food processor until a sandy consistency is reached, just a few seconds.
- Combine melted butter and ground pretzels (usually about 2 cups of pretzel "flour", add a little more if needed depending on your brand of pretzels). Add a little sweetener if desired. Consistency should be similar to wet sand that sticks together.
- Press into pan and continue making your pie or dessert as usual.
I usually buy the “LiveGFree” brand of pretzels from Aldi and I absolutely love the flavor of these pretzels! My husband actually prefers these pretzels over “normal” ones because the flavor is so buttery and the texture is light and crisp!
I hope you enjoy this super simple recipe “upgrade” and let me know if you give it a try with any of your favorite graham-cracker crust recipes! If you’d like more easy dessert ideas, make sure you check out some of my favs like this dark chocolate cake and fudge frosting!!
😀 Bon Appetit!
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This looks great and only 2 ingredients!
I cant wait to try this especially since my daughters are so allergic to butter & I can substitute this for coconut oil 🙂 Thank you!!!
I would never have thought of doing a pretzel crust, but it makes sense and sounds so yummy! I love the salty/sweet combination. I bet it would be awesome on a cheesecake!
Thanks Ashley, I know it sounds different at first, but it’s delicious!
I have never thought about using gluten free pretzels before. That changes the whole ball game for many of my desserts that I would love to make for a friend but she’s gluten intolerant. Thanks for this, I can’t wait to try it out!
It did for me too!
I love sweet and salty desserts, and usually use salted butter in my graham cracker crusts, but this is definitely a great alternative!
I agree Joanne, sweet and salty are so good together!
Wow this looks super easy and very tasty.
Thank you Cindy!
Love a good salty-sweet anything. Was looking for something to pair with some homemade vanilla-peach ice cream.
So do I, Anne Marie. Ooh, that sounds delicious!
How come I have never thought about a pizza crust!!?? Oh my, I have got to try this out soon! Keep these coming! <3
Will do, thanks Emily!
Great idea thanks, will try this one!
Thank you Gillian!
This looks so easy and delicious! I’ve never tried a pretzel crust before.
I love this idea! I’m always looking for simple recipes to do with my 7yr old. He loves to cook/bake because he loves to eat lol we have that in common! We just made a chocolate cake earlier today and last week a cherry pie lol next up is a cheesecake with this delicious pretzel crust! Thanks for sharing!
That’s great! Thanks Stacee!
Great idea to use pretzels. How does it hold up when slicing? Would like to try this in mini muffin tins as well. Pinned the recipe for the books! Thanks for sharing.
It holds up pretty well. Mini muffins would be good! Thanks Beth!
This looks great! I love that it’s just two ingredients!
Thank you so much Shayla!