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


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Pretzel Pie Crust
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!

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

One of my favorite recipes to use this pretzel pie crust on is my key lime ice cream pie! This tangy key lime ice cream goes so well with the salty crust!

Mango Margarita Pie

Another ice cream pie that works really well with pretzel crust is my frozen mango margarita pie. This recipe 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, give my No Regrets Pie a go. It is a pie made up of all different kinds of pie crusts – including pretzel crust!

Frozen-Strawberry-Cream-Pie-with-Pretzel-Crust

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

peanut-butter-marshmallow-pie-6

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
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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
Keyword pie, pie crust, pretzel pie crust
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 110 kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 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.

  3. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9" pie pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Use with your favorite pie recipe.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

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.

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16 comments on “How to Make Pretzel Pie Crust (Plus 8 Pies with Pretzel Crusts)”

  1. Sarahsays:

    LOVE this! The salty and crunch is perfect for so many desserts.

  2. Jennsays:

    How have I never had a pretzel pie crust before on anything?! This needs to change ASAP! So excited to try this recipe and some tasty new pies too – YUM!!!

  3. Great tips! Thanks for including my cheesecake among these great recipes! I’ve got my eye on that No Regrets Pie.

  4. Lisasays:

    I’ve never even thought to make a pretzel pie crust but seeing all the variations and fillings that are a perfect match for the salty pretzels, I can see this being a dangerous precedent for my future pie bakings… Especially that chocolate/pretzel combo. Holy cow. This is just the kind of dessert my mother-in-law would swoon over. I definitely want to make that one for her. Great tutorial on making the crust too!

  5. Gloriasays:

    WOW…this sounds amazing. For some reason I never thought of making pie crust from pretzels. I LOVE pretzel buns…and homemade pretzels. Hubby loves to snack on pretzels…along with our grandkids. I will for sure have to give this a try for my next no bake pie.

  6. Juanita Díazsays:

    Realy!!!! I have to do it !!!! I never thought about it Isabel a great idea.
    I Will do all

  7. Juanita Díazsays:

    Realy!!!! I have to do it !!!! I never thought about it great idea.
    I Will do all

  8. Tinasays:

    I have never heard of a pretzel pie crust. I will definitely show my hubby, he has an amazing cheater key lime pie recipe and I bet this would be amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  9. Juliasays:

    Lovely video! I love the idea of pretzel crust. I have never tried it myself but sweet and salty together sounds like an amazing combo for a pie. I can even see it delicious for a cheesecake. Right? And all those pictures of pies, oh yum! I am now craving a pie!

  10. Carmysays:

    oh my goodness, I never thought to use pretzel as a crust! Such a great idea. The preztels would give such a delicious salty flavour to contrast the filling. I need to try this asap.

  11. Marisa Francasays:

    Pretzel pie crust is my absolute favorite!! Hubby and I had a throw down on Lime pie and my pretzel crust won although his topping won. The family did the judging and no-one knew who made what. We tied — I think I should have won since my crust was the best.

  12. Danasays:

    I love this idea! How have I never thought of this before? I mean, I don’t bake often (so that might be why, ha!) but this would have never come to mind. Yet it totally makes sense. The sweet + salty thing is something to be really excited about. One of our fave restaurants in town has a bread pudding made up of challah bread and pretzel buns and it is to DIE for.

  13. Ohhhhh man I can get on board with this. I’ve never heard of a pretzel crust, but it makes so much sense that I’m amazed I’ve never seen it before. I love that little hit of salt with my sweets, and pretzels are a perfect flavour to deliver that with. With the simplicity of it, ready availability, and all these awesome pie options, I can see myself trying a whole bunch of stuff very soon. Cheers!

  14. Donnasays:

    Ummmm how have I never experienced a pretzel pie crust before? This sounds all kinds of amazing, and totally something a novice baker like myself could handle!

  15. Sylvia Johnsonsays:

    I got to try the key lime ice cream pie with the pretzel crust and I absolutely loved the way the salty crust enhanced the lime flavor. That is a genius combination!

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