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I have a recipe that calls for one cup of graham cracker crumbs. How many crackers am I going to need to crush?

I'm having trouble finding an answer partly because different people consider a "cracker" to be of various sizes. I would consider a cracker to be a full sized sheet like this:

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It would also be helpful to know what a cup of graham cracker crumbs weighs. My box of crackers is 14.4oz. I could estimate what portion of the box to use if I know how much a cup of crumbs weighs.

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Why don't you just start crushing and counting? –  Carey Gregory Jul 4 '14 at 15:34
Perhaps the most useful advice long-term would be to look for recipes which use weight rather than volume. –  Peter Taylor Jul 7 '14 at 8:56

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It should be about 7 crackers per cup, maybe 8, depending how finely you crush them. One of the inner packages from your 14.4oz box should be enough (there are probably three packages with 9 in each), or 4.8oz.

I know this from making graham cracker crusts - and you can confirm it by looking at some recipes. You generally need 1.5 cups of crumbs for a pie crust, and it takes 10-12 crackers. I've seen recipes ranging from 9 to 12 crackers (and checked ten or so when writing this), but I don't think I've ever used fewer than 10. One cup is 2/3 of that, 7 or 8 crackers. (Some people do say 20 or 24 squares, but they're clearly half-cracker squares, not the whole crackers.)

For what it's worth, the Martha Stewart crust recipe says "6 1/2 ounces graham crackers (12 crackers), finely ground (1 1/2 cups)", and 2/3 of that is 4 1/3 oz, pretty close to 1/3 of your box, maybe a cracker short, so by weight this works out too.

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Roughly it should be 4.8 ounces of 27 graham crackers or 1 pack of this brand. I did a little bit of a back calculation using this recipe.


190 gms is equivalent to 1.5 cups, so 1 cup should have 127gms which is equivalent to 4.48 ounces and almost close to a pack of 4.8 ounces but if you want accuracy then you need 25 crackers of the brand that I mentioned in 1

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(I don't care that this thread is old, I was looking for this answer and this was one of the top three Google results.)

I just pulverized 8 full sheets (Honey Maid, 8 sheets come per wax paper package, 3 of those per box), which resulted in a scant 1 1/2 C of crumbs (just shy of 1 1/2 C, more than 1 1/4 C.) Those 8 sheets netted approximately 4.9 oz of crumb according to my scale.

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10 graham crackers equals 1 and 1/2 cups so about 7 or 8 should equal 1 cup.

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2/3 of 10 is 6 to 7, not 7 to 8. But I suspect you're ending up with them a bit more fluffy than I do. –  Jefromi Nov 29 '14 at 23:42

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