How to Make a Cookie Crumb Crust

2010 Making a Cookie Crust Photo Step 1 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Making a Cookie Crust Photo Step 1. 2010 Making a Cookie Crust Photo Step 1 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
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    Making a Cookie Crumb Crust

    Making a cookie crumb crust is thought by many to be easier than a regular pie crust -- and with a more dependably good result. Use it for cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, chocolate pie, key lime pie or ice cream pies. Cookie crumb crusts are a variation on graham cracker crusts, which require a bit more butter to make the right consistency.

    Use graham crackers, Oreos, lemon cookies, sugar cookies, gingersnaps, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies or shortbread. Any crispy cookie will...MORE work; the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination to make a totally original dessert with an interesting mix of cookie crumb crust and the filling and topping you choose.

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    Step 1: Measure the Cookies

    2010 Making a Cookie Crust Photo Step 1 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Making a Cookie Crust Photo Step 1. 2010 Making a Cookie Crust Photo Step 1 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Measure 6 ounces of the kind of cookies that best complement your pie. For instance, if you are making a vanilla ice cream pie, Oreos would be a good choice. If you're making cheesecake, lemon or chocolate cookies would be equally delicious.

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    Step 2: Bag up the Cookies

    2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 2 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 2. 2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 2 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Place the cookies in a strong, resealable plastic bag. Press out the excess air.

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    Step 3: Crush the Cookies

    2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 3 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 3. 2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 3 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Use a rolling pin to crush the cookies in the bag. Feel free to take out a little aggression on the bag. You might even want to whack it a few times before you begin rolling.

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    Step 4: Make Small Crumbs

    2010 Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 4 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 4. 2010 Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 4 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Continue moving the rolling pin over the resealable bag until the cookies are in very small crumbs.

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    Step 5: Use Food Processor as Alternative to Rolling

    2010 Processing Cookies for Cheesecake Crust Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Using a Food Processor to Crust Cookies. 2010 Processing Cookies for Cheesecake Crust Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Instead of using a resealable bag and a rolling pin, you can use a food processor to grind up the cookies into fine crumbs.

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    Step 6: Add Other Ingredients

    2010 Making Cookie Crumb Crust Step 6 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Making Cookie Crumb Crust Step 6. 2010 Making Cookie Crumb Crust Step 6 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Place 1/4 cup melted butter, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 2/3 cup cookie crumbs in a large bowl.

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    Step 7: Mix the Ingredients

    2010 Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 7 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 7. 2010 Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 7 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Stir the cookie crumbs, melted butter and sugar until they are completely combined.

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    Step 8: Put the Crust Into a Pie Plate

    2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 8 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 8. 2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 8 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Dump the mixture into a lightly greased glass pie plate.

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    Step 9: Form the Crust

    2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 9 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 9. 2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 9 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Pat the cookie crumb mixture into the pan. Push the crust mixture from the bottom and up the sides. This works best when using your hands.

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    Step 10: Refrigerate the Crust

    2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 10 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 10. 2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 10 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

    Refrigerate the cookie crumb crust until set. Then fill with your pie filling and top with whipped cream or meringue, as desired. Here are some recipes that call for a cookie crumb crust like this one.

     

    Chocolate Silk Pie
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pie
    Chocolate Mint Cheesecake