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Get creative with cookie pie crusts

Graham cracker pie crust

By little blue hen (Flickr: unbaked graham cracker pie crust) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The traditional cookie-based pie crust is the graham cracker crust, which is essentially graham cracker crumbs and butter, sometimes with a bit of sugar and/or spice added in. (I usually leave out the sugar, because I don’t think I need the extra sweetness.) But you don’t really need to be limited to that.

You can make a wide variety of fun, tasty pie crusts from other types of cookies. The key is to choose crispy cookies, as soft cookies are more likely to create a soggy crust. Here are some suggestions:

  • Gingersnaps — great with pumpkin pie or vanilla custard filling
  • Chocolate cookies — great with chocolate fillings. Oreos can be used, but if you don’t remove the creaming filling, be sure to reduce the butter.
  • Vanilla Wafers — Toast them first so they are extra crispy
  • Oatmeal cookies — Be sure to use the crispy kind!
  • Shortbread cookies — A great subtle crust flavor
  • Pecan Sandies — This adds a touch of nuttiness to the shortbread cookie idea

Ready to get creative with your crumb-y pie crust? Here’s a basic recipe:

1 1/2 cups finely ground cookie crumbs
6 tbsp melted butter

Mix together and press into your pie tin. Fill with your chosen filling! For some ideas on what to fill that pie crust with, grab a copy of Your Perfect Pie.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

1 comment on “Get creative with cookie pie crusts”

  1. Loretta

    My kids have a pie recipe they’ve done for holidays with a ginger snap crust, they *love* ginger snaps. I’ll have to remember to do a blog post on that one this year 😉

    Vanilla wafers and shortbread cookies seem perfect too, no fair that graham crackers get all the attention all the time.

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