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Cookie Crumb Crust

Quick and easy to assemble, with no rolling required, this crust forms the base for simple pies, such as chocolate pudding pie and Mississippi mud pie (see related recipes at left).

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄4 cups cookie crumbs, such as graham
     crackers, chocolate wafers or gingersnaps
  • 5 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 Tbs. sugar

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

In a bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, butter and sugar and stir until the crumbs are well moistened. Pat the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and all the way up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan or dish.

Bake until the crust is firm, about 5 minutes. For a firmer, crunchier crust, bake for 5 minutes more.
Makes one 9-inch crust.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Pie & Tart, by Carolyn Beth Weil (Simon & Schuster, 2003).