How To Make A Gingersnap Pie Crust ~ a simple cookie crumb crust perfect for holiday pies and no bake summer desserts ~ just as easy, but so much tastier than a plain graham cracker crust!
My gingersnap pie crust is as easy to make as a graham cracker crust, but oh so much better!
Try this variation out on your favorite pies that call for a crumb crust, I think you’ll be amazed at how much personality it adds to so many different recipes. Ginger goes with lemon, chocolate, and fruit of all kinds, so experiment away!
Why use gingersnaps for a crumb crust?
- Gingersnaps are crisp dry cookies, so they crumble beautifully.
- When you use gingersnap cookie crumbs to make a crust you have instant flavor built right in from the get-go, no need to spice or season any further. The warm flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger add another flavor dimension to your recipe.
- The ‘spicy’ color is lovely and adds to the look of your dessert.
Which gingersnaps do I prefer for making crumb crust?
I like to use the extra thin crispy gingersnaps for this recipe, and my go-to brand is Nyakers, from Sweden, but any gingersnap cookies will work, so go with what you can find. The crumbs freeze well, too, so you can make them ahead for later use. Just pack them into heavy duty zip lock bags and squeeze out the extra air.
Put your delicious gingersnap crust to good use ~
- Lemon Ice Box Pie
- Grapefruit Gingersnap Pie
- Cranberry Gingersnap Pie
- No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
- Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
- Lemon Cheesecake
How to Make a Gingersnap Crumb Pie Crust
- 5 ounces gingersnaps (or about 1 heaping cup gingersnap cookie crumbs)
- 1 cup walnuts (you can omit the nuts and add 1/2 cup more gingersnap crumbs and 1 tabelsoon more butter)
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350F Lightly butter or grease a 9 inch pie plate.
- Put the gingersnaps in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process until they are fine crumbs. You may need to pulse the machine as well to get all the cookie pieces crushed. See note below if you don't have a food processor and would like to do this by hand.)
- Add the walnuts, and sugar and process again until everything is finely ground. Add the butter and process briefly to combine.
- Pat the crust into the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate, and up the sides. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool before filling.
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