How to Make a Cookie Crumb Crust

Easy no-bake crust is perfect for cheesecake, chocolate, or Key lime pie

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    A Great Crust for Creamy Pies

    American-Style Cheesecake
    © Dennis Gottlieb / Getty Images

    Making a cookie crumb crust is thought by many to be easier than a regular pie crust—and with a more dependably good result. It's quick, requires just three ingredients, and needs no baking. Use it for cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, banana cream 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,...MORE 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.

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    Measure the Cookies

    2010 Making a Cookie Crust Photo Step 1 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    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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    Bag Up the Cookies

    2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 2 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    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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    Crush the Cookies

    2010 Making a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 3 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    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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    Make Small Crumbs

    2010 Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 4 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    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 so they blend well and make the crust the right consistency.

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    Use Food Processor as Alternative to Rolling

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

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

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    Add Other Ingredients

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

    Once the crumbs are the right size, it's time to make the crust. Place 1/4 cup melted butter, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1 2/3 cup cookie crumbs in a large bowl.

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    Mix the Ingredients

    2010 Make a Cookie Crumb Crust Step 7 Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
    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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    Put the Crust Into a Pie Plate

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

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

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

    Refrigerate the cookie crumb crust until it's set. Then fill with your pie filling and top with whipped cream or meringue, as desired. This chocolate cookie crumb crust is perfect with chocolate silk pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, and chocolate mint cheesecake.