Choose-Your-Crumb Crust

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pumpkin pie with crumb crust whip cream

Recipe by Aliza Gans

  • Makes one 9-inch crustServings


  • 1 cup finely ground cookie, cracker, or chip crumbs
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. sugar (3 tbsp. if using crackers or chips)
  • Pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350°. Pour the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate. Mix in the melted butter, sugar, and salt. Using the bottom of a flat measuring cup, evenly spread and firmly press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Bake the crust until aromatic and slightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely before filling.