Made with just a few simple ingredients, This Biscoff Pie Crust is easy and delicious! This crunchy and sweet crust is perfect for beginners or when you need an uncomplicated or quick pie crust.
Sometimes, you just need a super easy pie crust option and crumb crusts are usually the answer. They're simple to make and taste amazing. You can make a crumb crust out of nearly anything, but this recipe is all about the Biscoff cookies!
Biscoff cookies (aka speculoos cookies) are Belgian shortbread cookies with slight caramel and warm spice flavor. They make a great cookie to crush and turn into a pie crust, similar to a graham cracker crust or an oreo cookie crust.
This recipe uses only a handful of ingredients, and it takes less than 5 minutes to put together. You can either bake it briefly for a lovely toasted effect or freeze it for a no-bake pie option!
Here is an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe is listed below in greater detail.
- biscoff cookies or speculoos
While this recipe is rather straightforward, there is some nuance as to how wet or dry the mixture is when you add the butter to the biscoff crumbs.
The crumb mixture should be the consistency of wet sand. If for any reason your crumb crust is extremely dry, you can add one tablespoon of melted butter–one tablespoon at a time–to the biscoff crumbs until they are evenly moistened.
Alternatively, if your mixture is too wet and it is hard to work with, add more biscoff crumbs until it is just moistened enough for the crumbs to stick together easily.
Steps to Make a Biscoff Crumb Crust
- Grind up the cookies until they are fine crumbs. Do this with a food processor. If you choose to do it by hand, make sure to get the cookies smashed into fine pieces. Big chunks of Biscoff cookies can make the crust too crumbly.
- Melt the butter on the stove in a medium pot. Shut off the heat.
- Mix together the cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter.
- Add the crumb mixture to the pie plate and form the crust.
- Now the pie can be par-baked (see more on this below) or put in the freezer to harden up.
Shaping the Biscoff Crust
The easier way to form a crumb crust is to start forming the edges of the crust first, and then press the crumb mixture down into the bottom of the plate.
Here are the steps:
- Gather the crumb mixture loosely up the sides of the plate until all the edges are covered with crumbs.
- Form the top edges of the crust and neaten them up by pressing them together with two fingers. It may feel like you won’t have enough crumbs to fit the bottom of the pie at this point, but you will.
- Start packing down the sides of the crumb crust with your thumb in an even layer. As you do this, start moving the excess crumb mixture toward the center of the pie plate.
- Continue packing the crumbs from the outer edges towards the middle until you have established a single layer.
- Using the flat bottom of a measuring cup, pack down the crumbs until everything is tight and even.
To Bake or Not to Bake
You have two options for preparing this crust. You can blind-bake it (aka briefly baking the pie with nothing in it) or freeze it.
There are pros and cons to each. But first, let’s understand that the butter and the sugar play important roles in making sure the crumb crust stays together for each of these methods. Then, you’ll know which method is best for your pie.
Freezing the crust works because the melted butter becomes solidified and bonds the crust together. The sugar might melt slightly from the warmth of the butter, but without the par-bake, the sugar doesn’t melt enough to act as a binding agent here.
While freezing the crust is certainly easier than having to preheat an oven and par-bake the crust, it is not as sturdy as the baked version. I only recommend freezing the crust if you will be serving your pie when very cold. Otherwise, you’ll just find your crumb crust to be very crumbly!
When you bake a crumb crust, you are melting the added sugar which then helps bond the crust together. Baking it results in a crispy crust. Not only that, but it also deepens the flavor of the pie by toasting up the chocolate crust.
I prefer the baking method and will always bake it if I can. If you are planning to bake a pie that will be served from the refrigerator or will be left out of the refrigerator for more than 20 minutes, I recommend you blind-bake the crust to ensure it holds together.
Types of Pies To Make with a Biscoff Crust
This crust recipe is truly versatile. Pair this Biscoff crust recipe with nearly all styles of pie such as:
The only type of pie that wouldn't work well with a biscoff crust is a custard pie. Custard recipes generally have too much liquid, and sometimes, when you pour a thin filling into a cookie crust, it will cause the crumbs to break apart and rise to the top of the pie. So I don't recommend using this recipe for any sort of custard filling.
Recipes to Pair with a Biscoff Crust
- Butterscotch Cream Pie
- Malted Milk Chocolate Pie
- Caramel Macchiato Pie
- Banana Cream Pie
- No Bake Pumpkin Pie
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