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How To Make A Pretzel Pie Crust 

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Wondering How To Make A Pretzel Pie Crust? Elevate your dessert game with a twist! Learn the art of crafting a delicious Pretzel Pie Crust – sweet, salty, and oh-so-perfect! 

How To Make A Pretzel Pie Crust

What Is A Pretzel Pie Crust? 

A pretzel crust is a flavorful and slightly salty crust made from crushed pretzels, combined with melted butter and sometimes sugar. It’s often used as a base for desserts, especially in recipes like pies and cheesecakes, adding a unique and delicious twist to the traditional crust. Learn How To Make A Pretzel Pie Crust!

When Can I Use One? 

Consider making a pretzel pie crust when you want to add a delightful sweet and salty twist to your desserts. It pairs exceptionally well with creamy fillings like cheesecake or pudding. Try it for special occasions or when you’re looking to impress with a unique flavor profile!

  1. Chocolate Ganache Pretzel Pie
  2. Salted Caramel Pretzel Cheesecake
  3. Strawberry Pretzel Jello Salad
  4. Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies
  5. Key Lime Pie with Pretzel Crust
  6. Raspberry Pretzel Dessert Bars
  7. Banana Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust
  8. Pumpkin Pretzel Pie
  9. Lemon Curd Tart with Pretzel Crust
  10. S’mores Pretzel Pie

Tips For Making A Pretzel Pie Crust

Ensure pretzels are finely crushed for a uniform crust texture. Using a food processor is the best way.

Combine crushed pretzels with melted butter for a cohesive crust that holds together well.

Balance the saltiness of pretzels by adding a sweetener like sugar or honey to the crust mixture. I added corn syrup to help it bind together and be malleable. 

Press the crust mixture firmly into the pie dish, ensuring an even layer along the bottom and up the sides.

Pre-bake the pretzel crust for a few minutes before adding the filling to enhance its crispiness.

Allow the crust to cool completely before adding any no-bake or chilled fillings.

How To Make A Pretzel Pie Crust
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How To Make A Pretzel Pie Crust
This versatile crust adds a delightful salty-sweet flavor to your desserts!
Servings 9 Servings


  • food processor


  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup


  • Use a food processor or blender to chop up the pretzels then add the sugar, melted butter, and corn syrup then blend until fine yet chunky
  • Line your pan with parchment paper then press the pie mixture into the pan, mold and shape it to fit your pan
  • Let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before adding your pie filling
How To Make A Pretzel Pie Crust Hold Together 

Use an adequate amount of melted butter to bind the crushed pretzels. The butter acts as the glue that holds the crust together. The corn syrup helps with this too. Ensure an even distribution of melted butter throughout the crushed pretzels. This helps create a consistent and cohesive texture.

When transferring the pretzel mixture to the pie dish, press it firmly against the bottom and up the sides. This compaction helps the crust maintain its structure. Allow the crust to chill in the refrigerator for a short period before adding the filling. This helps the butter solidify, providing additional stability to the crust.

If your recipe calls for a pre-baked crust, follow this step. Pre-baking helps set the crust and prevents it from becoming too crumbly when the filling is added. Let the crust cool completely after baking or pre-baking before adding any fillings. This cooling process allows the fats to solidify, ensuring the crust maintains its form.

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The combination of salty pretzels and a hint of sweetness in the crust adds a unique and delicious flavor dimension to your pies.

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