Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

If you have a recipe that calls for a graham-cracker crust, and you don't have the ingredients to make one or just want to try something that's not only simpler but much tastier--try this. Straight from Joy of Cooking, I found this recipe when I made Million Dollar Pie because I didn't feel like crushing graham crackers. It's simple and to die for and requires zero baking. My personal preference is pecans, but you may use walnuts or what the heck--try any nut out for size.


  1. Chop walnuts or pecans (I did mine in the blender).
  2. Melt butter and mix with the nuts in a pie plate.
  3. Add sugar and salt and pat into bottom of pie pan.
  4. Oila! Cooking is done, and you're ready to fill your crust.
Most Helpful

Made this with walnuts and came out perfect! I much prefer this kind of crust on a cheesecake. I also used the advise of the first reviewer. Thanks for posting a simple but yummy recipe!

Gina Farina December 27, 2010

Hi AmyZoe, I have made this nut crust several times and it always comes out perfect! I used it for a couple of cheesecakes and after cooling for a day they slip off the spring form pan with the greatest of ease! The crust has a delicate flavour and a nutty crisp texture I always use pecans for cheeseckes and I make the pecans about a medium coarse with about 1/4 of the pecans finely chopped. My DH always helps me with my cheesecakes he showed me a tip instead of melting the butter use it in it's solid state "must" be room temperature. I found the crust to have a even consistency that takes the cheesecake off the spring form disk faster than lighting! I took the pictures showing how well the crust held up as I sliced the cheesecake. This is Simply Delicious New York Style Cheesecake # 152996. Will use this nut crust recipe again and again thanks for posting!

oilpatchjo January 17, 2010