This classic Oreo Pie Crust recipe, made with just a few simple ingredients, is easy and delicious! This crunchy and chocolatey crust is perfect for beginners or when you need an uncomplicated pie crust.
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Sometimes, you just need a super easy pie crust option (or two: graham cracker crumb crust) for super easy pies. This Oreo Crust recipe should be your go-to! Oreo Cookie crusts are a fantastic choice for when you want a chocolatey crust but don't want to make from scratch Chocolate Pastry Pie Crust.
This recipe uses only a handful of ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to assemble. You can bake it briefly for a lovely toasted effect or freeze it for a no-bake pie option! It's perfect for so many pies but especially great for all this Mint Chocolate Chip Pie, this Peanut Butter Pie and of course, this No Bake Oreo Pie.
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The article below details all the information you need to know to make these successfully, concluding with the recipe at the end. You can jump around using the menu below, or skip to the end of the article for the full recipe.
Oreo Pie Crust Ingredients
Here is an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe is listed below in greater detail.
- oreos (I'm saying Oreos, but the truth is any chocolate cream sandwich cookie works here, with a caveat I'll talk more about below)
- sugar (though this is optional)
To Add Sugar, or Not to Add Sugar
Depending on the type of pie you are making, sugar is optional. Oreos already have a lot of sugar, so technically this recipe doesn't need any added sweetener.
Adding sugar to a crumb crust assists in a sturdier pie and a prettier slice.
But for some recipes, especially ones that already have a rather sweet filling, the added sugar in this pie crust might be too much (an example would be this Candy Cane Pie, which has a very sweet filling and therefore doesn't call for adding any sugar to the pie crust). So, while technically you can omit the sugar in this recipe, it is added to make the crust more sturdy, so know the crust will be just a bit more crumbly if it doesn't have it in.
Step-By-Step Recipe Overview
This is a quick visual overview of the steps needed to make this recipe. This is not the actual recipe, which is located at the end of this article and has much greater details to ensure success.
Step 1: Grind up the chocolate sandwich cookies until they are fine crumbs.
Step 2: Melt the butter on the stove in a medium pot. Shut off the heat.
Step 3: In a bowl, or directly in the pot, add the Oreo crumbs, and if you are using sugar, add it here too.
Step 4: Combine the ingredients well. The mixture should have a wet sand consistency.
Chocolate sandwich cookies can vary whether you use an actual Oreo or another brand. So, while this recipe is rather straightforward, there is some nuance about about how much butter you actually need, based on how dry the cookies are. When I make an Oreo crust, I often do have to adjust the amount of butter. It's better to start with a small amount and add more as needed.
The correct crumb mixture should be the consistency of wet sand. The crust should be easy to form and not sticky.
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 Oreo crumbs until they are evenly moistened.
Alternatively, if your mixture is too wet and hard to work with, add more oreo crumbs until moist enough for the crumbs to stick together easily.
The Best Way to Form an Oreo Crust
Forget everything you know about pressing an oreo crust into your pie plate! While logic might tell you to place the crumb mixture in the middle of your pie plate and start pressing it in at that point, that makes it messy and difficult to get an even crumb base up the sides.
The easier way to do it is to start forming the edges of the pie crust first, and then press the crumb mixture down into the bottom of the plate.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Pour the properly hydrated crumb mixture into the pie plate. Do not grease the plate.
Step 2: Gather the crumb mixture loosely up the sides of the plate until all the edges are covered with crumbs.
Step 3: Start packing down the sides of the crumb crust in an even layer. As you do this, start moving the excess crumb mixture toward the center of the pie plate.
Step 4: Using the flat bottom of a measuring cup, pack down the crumbs until everything is tight and even.
Do You Have to Bake an Oreo Crust?
You have two options for preparing this crust. You can blind bake 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 ensuring the crumb crust stays together for each method. 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 usually won't melt enough to act as a binding agent here.
While freezing the crust is easier than preheating an oven and par-baking the crust, it is not as sturdy as the baked version. I only recommend freezing the crust if you serve your pie when very cold. Otherwise, you’ll find your crumb crust to be very crumbly!
When a crumb crust is baked, the sugar melts, which helps bond the crust together. Baking it results in a crisper crust. But not only that, it also deepens the flavor of the pie by toasting up the chocolate crust.
I prefer the par-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 par-bake the crust to ensure it holds together.
What types of pie can use an oreo crust?
This crust recipe is truly versatile. Pair this oreo crust recipe with nearly all styles of pie such as:
- no bake cheesecake style pies (such as this Candy Cane Pie, Nutella Pie with Potato Chip Crust or this Orange Creamsicle Pie)
- pudding pies, aka cream pies (like Chocolate Cream Pie, Banana Cream Pie or Pistachio Cream Pie)
- ice cream pies (like this Baked Alaska Pie)
- thicker custard / cheesecake pies (such as this Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie)
- and of course, anything chocolate is always a good choice (like Malted Milk Chocolate Pie, French Silk Pie or Mint Chocolate Chip Pie)
The only type of pie that doesn't work well with an oreo crust is a loose custard pie. Custard recipes generally have too much liquid, and sometimes when you pour a thin filling into an oreo 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 very loose custard filling.
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