The BEST No-Bake Shortbread Crust

Whatever pie you’re making, this is the BEST No-Bake Shortbread Crust to use with it!

The BEST Shortbread Crust Recipe - this easy shortbread crust is made from shortbread cookies and is perfect for any no-bake pie recipe!

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It’s March, and do you know what that means? It’s the Pi Day month! Pi Day, my favorite day of the year, is in just 2 weeks. For me, Pi Day is not just about my nerdy math roots, but it’s a day devoted to eating all things PIE.

March is also the month that daylight savings time hits, which means more light, which means more heat, which means I start getting all things no-bake on the brain. And no-bake pie? That’s the best. It’s my favorite kind of pie!

How many times have you decided to make a no-bake pie and headed to the grocery store for one of those store-bought pie crusts in a tin? Don’t be ashamed, I get it. They’re easy. But homemade is better! And you have no excuse not to make homemade crusts at this point; after all, I’ve given you a No Bake Oreo Crust and a Graham Cracker Crust too.

Now I’m adding a No-Bake Shortbread Crust to that list, rounding out all the important no-bake crusts you need for any pie you’re going to make!

The BEST Shortbread Crust Recipe - this easy shortbread crust is made from shortbread cookies and is perfect for any no-bake pie recipe!

This homemade shortbread crust is super easy to make too – you don’t even need a food processor. It has just 3 ingredients and comes together in about 10 minutes. Chill it, then fill it, then eat your weight in delicious no bake pie!

The most important part of any cookie crust is just that: the cookie. A shortbread crust is no different: you need to start it with a good shortbread, one you love to eat.

When you’re making a graham cracker or Oreo crust, it often doesn’t matter what brand you use. Brand names vs. generic aren’t really that different in the whole scheme of things. The difference between those and a shortbread pie crust is that not all shortbread cookies are created equal.

What’s the difference between brands of shortbread? Butter content. Some are much more buttery and delicate, while some are crisper and less buttery. The more butter a cookie has, the less butter a pie crust needs, and vice versa. For that reason, this pie crust recipe will need to be played with depending on what kind of shortbread cookie you use.

I used my favorite shortbread of all time: Walkers Shortbread. It’s thick, soft yet crunchy, and super buttery. It’s my gold standard when I think of shortbread and I don’t buy any other kind. It also makes a bomb dot comb pie crust, let me tell you.

The BEST Shortbread Crust Recipe - this easy shortbread crust is made from shortbread cookies and is perfect for any no-bake pie recipe!

10 minutes, 3 ingredients, no bake – that’s one perfect shortbread pie crust, if you ask me. And you can fill it with ANY no bake pie filling. May I suggest a peanut butter pie, or a chocolate cream, or a banana coconut?

Want to see exactly how I made this pie? Check out the video (below the recipe).

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The BEST No Bake Shortbread Crust

Ingredients:

  • 10.6 Ounces Walkers Shortbread Cookies (about 2 3/4 cups once crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Place cookies in a large gallon size ziploc bag. Seal all but 1” of the bag (so air can escape) and roll with a rolling pin until the cookies are a fine crumb. You can also use a food processor, if you have one.
  2. Place cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter in a large bowl and stir with a fork until the mixture looks like wet sand. Place in a 9” pie plate and press until it’s very compact.
  3. Chill crust for 1 hour before filling.
  4. Note: The crust is perfect no-bake: it’s crunchy and slices just fine. If you really want to bake it, you can do so for 8 minutes at 350° and then fill as desired.

Notes:

If you are using a cookie other than Walkers, you may need to adjust the butter.

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Check out all of my pie crust recipes for even more inspiration!

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake (5 of 8)w

No Bake Black Bottom Dulce de Leche Pie (would be great with the shortbread crust!)

No Bake Dulce de Leche Pie (8 of 13)w

Lemon Meringue Pie Bars

Lemon Meringue Pie Bars (5 of 13)w

I am a Walkers Ambassador, but all opinions are 100% my own. I love their cookies and wouldn’t make this crust with anything else!

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20 comments

  1. I’m so excited for Pi Day! Every year, the PTA does a pie buffet for the teachers. It’s the happiest holiday ever.
    And this is the best crust. It’s such a great canvas for all no-bake pies! I’m dying to fill it with something peanut buttery!

  2. Hooray for pi day! I can’t wait to see what you share with us then! This shortbread crust looks delicious, Dorothy! Love the ease of this recipe!

  3. Oooh, Pi(e) Day! Thanks for the reminder, Dorothy. Time to go find the perfect pie to bake… maybe I’ll use your shortbread crust – looks so easy and amazing!

  4. What a delicious looking crust! I need to celebrate pi day this year, and a no bake crust like this one will make that much more likely 🙂

  5. I trust your crust opinions more than anyone else’s, because it’s in the name! 🙂 Shortbread is the best and I love how you achieved this crust without baking 🙂

  6. This is my favorite food site. I look forward every day, for something new and delish from your site. Thanks so much.

  7. Who knew that you could just crush up the cookies and add butter and end up with pie crust! You did 🙂

    I can’t believe it’s almost already Pi day, I know, your fave day! Time is flying by!!

  8. Ooh love the idea of shortbread cookies- and now you have got pie on my brain! 🙂 

  9. I like Mir’s comment about a pie buffet for the teachers on Pi day!  Thanks for the crust ideas!

  10. Walker’s shortbread cookies are the best! This crust will be delicious with so many types of pies. 

  11. I’ve been planning for pi day this year! So far I’ve had one fail, but hopefully I’ll have a winner come the big day 😉 Love how easy this crust is – it looks perfect!

  12. Hey shorty. aw yeah, girl. I wanna eat you up! (That’s me sensually talking to the crust here. Yes, we just got weird)

  13. This is such a great idea! Shortbread is def one of my favorite kinds of cookie. Although there aren’t many cookies I don’t like. 🙂 This looks so easy and delicious. LOVE the video.

  14. I’m excited for pi day too. And that shortbread crust is just brilliant.

  15. I am SO excited about Pi day. My mindset is pretty much “St. Patrick’s what? I just want some pie on Pi day.” 😉 This shortbread crust looks amazing. I can definitely imagine a French silk filling in here!

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