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Whatever pie you’re making, this is the BEST No Bake Shortbread Crust to use with it! It’s an easy cookie crust recipe with just 2 ingredients.
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BEST Shortbread Crust with Cookies
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!
This No Bake 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!
Best Shortbread For Pie Crust
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.
How to Make No Bake Shortbread Crust
10 minutes, 3 ingredients, no bake – that’s one perfect shortbread pie crust, if you ask me.
- Crush the cookies
- Mix them with butter
- Press into pie plate!
What to fill a shortbread crust with
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 No Bake Shortbread Crust? Check out the video (below the recipe).
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The BEST No Bake Shortbread Crust
- 10.6 Ounces Walkers Shortbread Cookies about 2 3/4 cups once crushed
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter melted
- 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.
- 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.
- Chill crust for 1 hour before filling.
- 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.
Check out all of my pie crust recipes for even more inspiration!
No Bake Black Bottom Dulce de Leche Pie (would be great with the shortbread crust!)
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!
Last Updated on February 2, 2023
Made this shortbread crust for a lemon posset pie! Delicious.. left off the sugar tho, and used just regular shortbread (supermarkets own brand), not branded one, and it worked superb.. 👌
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Would these amounts work to put in a 8×8 baking dish? I want to make some cheesecake bar’s. I’ve been wanting to try a shortbread crust with store bought cookies. Glad I found your recipe!
Yes they will! It’ll be thick but delicious.
I am planning on making this today. Is there an easy way to turn these into a chocolate shortbread crust?
For this you’d probably do better using chocolate shortbread cookies.
I love this crust. It has now been replaced a graham cracker crust in every recipe of mine. Even though this is a no bake recipe I’ve used it with a key lime pie and baked it and it was very tasty.
This crust is delicious and I made it as written. The big problem for me was it stuck to the glass pie plate like it was glued down even though I sprayed the dish with a little nonstick spray. I did not prebake the crust. Any tips would be appreciated.
When the butter is really hardened it will do that (I find sometimes the first piece just breaks but once I do the first one it’s easier to get out others). In the future you can warm the bottom of the pie plate slightly (like dipping just the bottom in warm water) to get it to loosen a bit.
I’m a big fan of Walkers Shortbread. I never thought about using it to make a no-bake pie crust. I’m glad I found this recipe. The crust was delicious and made my pie especially delicious!
I am going to bake the Wilderness Cherry pie filling pie, now owned by Hinz or somebody. It is always a hit and so easy to bake or non bake. Can’t wait to try your cheesecake.
Thank you so much. It is the first time I am making a cheese cake as truthfully I dislike baking but having a grandson with food allergies has changed that.
I want to use this crust but bake it in the oven making a cheesecake. Can it be baked in the oven while cooking a cheesecake?
Yes but I don’t recommend baking it before adding the cheesecake to it (don’t pre-bake it) or it might burn.