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Crumb Crust

Makesenough for a 9- to 9 1/2-inch pie
  • Active Time:10 min
  • Start to Finish:1 1/4 hr
November 2006
Sweet crackers and cookies easily transform into delicious piecrusts. Be sure to use gingersnaps for the pumpkin ginger cheesecake pie and graham crackers for the chocolate s'more pie.
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus additional for greasing
  • 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs (10 graham crackers or 24 small gingersnaps; about 6 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Special equipment:

    a 9- to 9 1/2-inch pie plate (4-cup capacity)
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly butter pie plate.
  • Stir together all ingredients in a bowl and press evenly on bottom and up side of pie plate. Bake until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes, then cool on a rack to room temperature, about 45 minutes.
Cooks' notes: To make cookie crumbs, break up crackers or cookies into small pieces, then pulse in a food processor until finely ground.
For pumpkin ginger cheesecake, use 4 (not 5) tablespoons melted butter plus additional for greasing.
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