How to Make a Crumb Crust

A crunchy Crumb Crust is a cooking technique that I use for a lot of my recipes.  This delicious crust can form the bottom layer of bar and cheesecake recipes and can take the place of a pie crust anytime you don’t want a double pie crust dessert.  Don’t know how to make one?  Just follow my cooking tips step by step and you’ll have a delicious base for your next dessert done and ready for your sweet toppings.Making the perfect crumb crust is easy with a food processor and just three ingredients. In just seconds, you will have the perfect base for your topping ingredients.

Crumb crusts are also MUCH easier to make than a standard pie crust.  If you have a food processor and a few ingredients, you can make a crumb crust in just seconds.A food processor makes a great crumb crust

Basically a crumb crust is made from three ingredients: Butter, Sugar of some sort, and 1 other ingredient. The beauty of a crumb crust is that you can decide what that third ingredient is depending on what else you want to put on top of the crust.

  • Will you have chocolate chips swimming in the topping? Try an Oreo Cookie based crust
  • Making a streusel topping over cheesecake? Use Flour in your crumb crust.
  • Will your toppings have a salty taste? Try making the crust with pretzels
  • Want a traditional crumb crust? Use Graham crackers.

Let’s make a simple crumb crust!

For my crumb crust, I use a mixture of the following:Ingredients for a crumb crust.

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour

Want to see how easy it is to make a crumb crust?  Just dump all of the ingredients into a food processor. I cut my butter into cubes and make sure that it is at room temperature.Butter, brown sugar and flour go into a crumb crust

A few pulses with the food processor and, a few seconds later, the flour and brown sugar combine to make a wonderful mixture that is just perfect to use in bars.Pulse until a corn meal mixture is formed

Butter at room temperature will be easily incorporated into the brown sugar and flour making a coarse corn meal type of texture with a few larger clumps in it.  Trying not to taste it right now is a challenge!The perfect texture for making a crumb crust

Press the mixture into a pan that is lined with parchment paper and sprayed with some non stick cooking spray. I use a Misto sprayer.  It allows me to add whatever oil I would like and it is SO much cheaper than buying a store bought non stick spray.  The parchment paper will make it easier to remove the crust after it is cooked and topped.Prepare the pan with parchment paper

The bottom of a small measuring cup will press the mixture down evenly.Press down the crumb crust

All that is left to do is the cook the crumb crust in a 350 º oven for 20 minutes.  Baked crumb crust

The crust puffs up a little and turns a light golden brown.  Once it is cooled, you can add whatever you would like to for toppings.  My latest crumb crust got a layer of cheesecake as well as some cinnamon apples and a streusel topping and they were amazing!  See the apple cheesecake bars recipe here.Apple cheesecake streusel bar with crumb crust

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How to Make a Crumb Crust
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Serves: 1 9 x 13" crust
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup of packed brown sugar
  1. Add all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal.
  2. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13" pan. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350º oven.
  3. Add any toppings you would like to finish the crust.

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