How to Make Pretzel Pie Crust (Plus 8 Pies with Pretzel Crusts)

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A pretzel pie crust is wonderful when you want a sweet and salty dessert. It’s the cake version of having a drink with a salted rim!

Pretzel Pie Crust
I love using pretzel pie crust on all kinds of pie recipes: baked, no-bake, and ice cream pies. Try experimenting with this crust on any pie where you would normally use a graham cracker crust or Oreo crust for a surprise salty twist!

How to Make a Pretzel Pie Crust

Pretzel Crust

Pretzel pie crust is super easy to make – so so much easier than a classic butter crust.

The hardest part is crushing the pretzels, which isn’t hard at all!

I like to crush the pretzels in a mini food processor.

Crushing Pretzels

If you don’t have a food processor, you can also crush pretzels by putting them into a Ziploc bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin.

Pretzel Pie Crust

What Type of Pretzels to Use in Pretzel Pie Crust

I like to use tiny twist pretzels because they are easy to crush and they have a good proportion of pretzel to salt. Speaking of salt, make sure to use salted pretzels. Otherwise, you will miss out on the whole point of pretzel pie crust – getting the sweet and salty combination in your pies.

What Other Ingredients are in Pretzel Pie Crust?

Pretzel Pie Crust

Aside from pretzels, there are just two other ingredients in pretzel pie crust, butter and sugar. The butter is necessary to make the pretzel crust hold together. I suggest using unsalted butter. We want a salty flavor, but using salted butter will make the pie crust too salty.

Do You Need to Bake Pretzel Pie Crust?

Pretzel Crust

Even if you are using pretzel pie crust for a no-bake pie, I suggest baking the pie crust for about ten minutes so the crust can set a little. If you don’t bake the crust at all, it will be harder to add the filling to the pie as the crust will be more crumby and may end up integrated into the filling.

Eight Pie Recipes That Use a Pretzel Pie Crust

Key Lime Ice Cream Pie

This crust goes amazingly well on a key lime ice cream pie because of the salty/sweet combination!

Mango Margarita Pie

Another ice cream pie that works really well with pretzel crust is my frozen mango margarita pie, which was featured in a cookbook by the National Mango Board. It’s that good!

Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Pretzel crust isn’t just for ice cream pies. I also use pretzel crust on my cheesecake brownie pie and people go crazy for the chocolate plus salt combination.

4 Crust Chocolate Pie

If you are up for trying something a little (OK, more than a little) different, make a pie with your favorite kinds of pie crusts – including this one!


This frozen strawberry cream pie from Greens & Chocolate is inspired by strawberry pretzel salad. Have you ever tried it?


The pretzel crust on this peanut butter mousse pie from Completely Delicious actually has peanuts mixed into it to bring out the peanut flavor even more!

nutella pie

This Nutella pie from Baking a Moment seems like such a perfect use of a pretzel crust. I want to pick up that fork and dig right in!

peanut butter cheesecake

This peanut butter cheesecake from Bake or Break is just one example of a cheesecake that could be made with a pretzel crust.

Which cheesecake recipes would you use the crust for? Share in the comments!

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Pretzel Pie Crust

This pretzel pie crust can be used for any pie recipe where you would like a sweet and salty flavor!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 110kcal
Author Stefani


  • 2 cups small salted pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Crush all ingredients in a mini food processor until they look like wet sand. Or, place pretzels in a sandwich bag, crush with a rolling pin, and mix with other ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Press into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9" pie pan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Use with your favorite pie recipe.



To use this in a smaller 5" pie, use half of the crust recipe.
To use this in a 10" deep pie pan, double the crust recipe.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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