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Pretzel Pie Crust

Photo: Darcy Lenz; Styling: Darcy Lenz

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 25 mins
Five simple ingredients are all you need to create this from-scratch Pretzel Pie Crust. As effortless to create as a graham cracker crust, pretzels bring a new layer of dynamic sweet-salty flavor personality to the typical crumb crust blueprint. This simple crust makes an ideal shell for any number of fillings--but we especially love it for ice cream. Simply fill with your favorite softened ice cream (strawberry and caramel-flavored ice creams are great here), freeze solid, and top with fresh berries or drizzle with syrup for an exceptionally easy, yet wow-worthy, dessert.


  • 1 3/4 cups finely crushed pretzel pieces
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine first 4 ingredients (through salt) in a medium mixing bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add butter to bowl; toss to coat evenly.

  2. Press pretzel mixture firmly into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch glass pie pan. 

  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 325° or until lightly browned; cool completely on a wire wrack.