Chocolate Cookie Crumb Crust Recipe

Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal

This homemade version of a chocolate cookie crumb crust blows the kind made with packaged cookies away! It's a perfect crust for cheesecakes, crumb crust pies, and tarts. It's a little extra work, but I promise, the pure chocolaty flavor and sweet/salty balance is worth it!

Use this crust for the Ice Cream Sundae Pie.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 8 to 10 servings
Makes: 1 pie crust

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  • 7 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for 4 to 5 minutes on medium to high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  2. Turn off the mixer and add flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Turn the mixer on low and mix until homogeneous, taking care to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixer. The mixture will feel very dry and crumbly.

  3. Pour the mixture onto the prepared pan and spread it out so it's approximately 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating halfway. Remove the pan from the oven and stir the crumble around, moving the outer edges into the center to prevent burning. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely in the pan.

  4. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse to pulverize the cookie chunks until they are a small uniform crumbs, about 20 seconds. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl and stir in the melted butter. The crumbs will feel slightly wet. Using your fingers, press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of the pie plate, forming a uniform crust. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before filling.

Special Equipment

Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
222 Calories
12g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 222
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 17mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)