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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... 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.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Step 1: Measure the Cookies
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.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Step 2: Bag up the Cookies
Place the cookies in a strong, resealable plastic bag. Press out the excess air.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Step 3: Crush the Cookies
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.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Step 4: Make Small Crumbs
Continue moving the rolling pin over the resealable bag until the cookies are in very small crumbs.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Step 5: Use Food Processor as Alternative to Rolling
Instead of using a resealable bag and a rolling pin, you can use a food processor to grind up the cookies into fine crumbs.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Step 6: Add Other Ingredients
Place 1/4 cup melted butter, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 2/3 cup cookie crumbs in a large bowl.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Step 7: Mix the Ingredients
Stir the cookie crumbs, melted butter and sugar until they are completely combined.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Step 8: Put the Crust Into a Pie Plate
Dump the mixture into a lightly greased glass pie plate.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Step 9: Form the Crust
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.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Step 10: Refrigerate the Crust