How to Make Pretzel Pie Crust

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

Pretzel Pie Crust

I love using it on all kinds of pie recipes – baked, no-bake, and ice cream pies. Try using this crust anywhere you would normally use a graham cracker crust or Oreo crust for a surprise salty twist!


Pretzel Pie Crust

There are just three ingredients in pretzel pie crust: pretzels, butter, and sugar.

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. If you don’t, you will miss out on the whole point of pretzel pie crust – getting the sweet and salty combination in your pies.

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 in addition to salted pretzels will make the pie crust too salty.

How It’s Made

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 I do in a mini food processor. I simply add all ingredients and start processing.

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. Then, you can mix in the other ingredients by hand.

Pretzel Pie Crust

Even if you are using pretzel pie crust for a no-bake pie, I suggest baking the pie crust for about ten minutes at 350 F 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.

Pretzel Crust

Where to 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 pies would you make in this crust? 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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  1. Sylvia Johnsonsays:

    5 stars
    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!

  2. Donnasays:

    5 stars
    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!

  3. Sean@Diversivoresays:

    5 stars
    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!

  4. Danasays:

    5 stars
    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.

  5. Marisa Francasays:

    5 stars
    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.

  6. Carmysays:

    5 stars
    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.

  7. Juliasays:

    5 stars
    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!

  8. Tinasays:

    5 stars
    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. Juanita Díazsays:

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

  10. Juanita Díazsays:

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

  11. Gloriasays:

    5 stars
    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.

  12. Lisasays:

    5 stars
    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!

  13. Jennifer | Bake or Breaksays:

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

  14. Jennsays:

    5 stars
    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!!!

  15. Sarahsays:

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

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