Crack Pie - Step-by-step Recipe with Pictures

Have you heard of crack pie? Anderson Cooper sings its praises, as do Martha Stewart and  countless other people who are willing to pay $44 for one at New York's Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar (they do deliver, too).

Fortunately, you don't have to have $44 or easy access to Manhattan to make this seriously addictive pie at home. The ingredients are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive, but sticker shock will really hit you when you realize all that sweet richness comes with another kind of price: a hugely caloric one.

Totally worth it.

What does it taste like? It is, in taste and in texture, like a caramel version of a lemon bar: gooey and sweet. It can be eaten warm or chilled, although I think the texture and taste are better chilled.

This recipe will make 2 9" crack pies.

Preparation and cooking time: About 1 hr 45 minutes + another 1 hr for cooling and chilling

Less than 24 hours after baking, this was what was left...hence the name Crack Pie
Less than 24 hours after baking, this was what was left...hence the name Crack Pie

Shopping list:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk (not evaporated or condensed milk)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (either quick or regular are fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup butter (3 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 2 9-inch aluminum pie pans

1. Make the cookie

The first step is to bake a huge oatmeal cookie, which will be used to make your crusts.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp of the salt.
  3. In a mixer, put in 1 stick (1/2 cup) of softened butter, 3 tbsp of white sugar, and 1/3 cup of brown sugar until fluffy.
  4. Crack one egg into the mixer and allow to incorporate.
  5. Slowly add the dry mixture from step 2 into the mixer until incorporated.
  6. Slowly add the oats into the mixer until incorporated.
  7. Spread the resulting mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool.

2. Make the crust

  1. Break up the cooled cookie into chunks and feed into a blender or food processor. Blend into a medium crumb.
  2. Add 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) softened butter and 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar.
  3. Mix completely.
  4. Press mixture into two aluminum pie tins.

The mixture will be a little crumbly but I've found it's easiest to start from the middle and move up towards the sides. If the mixture is too oily and crumbly, put it in the fridge for a bit to firm up first.

3. Make the filling

  1. In a mixer, mix together 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup of powdered milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  2. Mix in 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter than has been melted.
  3. Mix in 3/4 cup of heavy cream.
  4. Mix in 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  5. Separate the remaining 8 eggs, and mix in the yolks. The resulting filling should be well-mixed but not fluffy.
  6. Pour the filling into the two prepared pie shells.

4. Bake

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Bake for 25 minutes at 350F. Then, lower the temperature to 325F and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Straight out of the oven, the filling should be golden brown, a bit darker near the crust.

Allow the pies to cool for about 15 minutes on a rack. Then either start eating (if you really like hot pie) or chill them for at least 45 minutes (I suggest this - the texture and taste are a bit better).

Finally, dust the surface of the pie with powdered sugar and serve!

A finished slice

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Comments 18 comments

gredmondson 6 years ago

Have you ever made a meringue with the extra left over egg whites for this pie?

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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland.

Been a chef I've never heard of this, sounds interesting and tasty, a must try. Thank you.

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Lyricallor 6 years ago from Croydon

Really interesting and looks tasty but way too rich for my soul (smile)

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livelonger 6 years ago from San Francisco Author

gredmondson: I gave the whites to my partner, who made an omelette out of them. :)

Sherbet: It's actually a chess pie in an oatmeal cookie crust, but thickened with powdered milk instead of corn flour.

Lyricallor: VERY rich. Which is why one slice should be enough, but it never is. ;)

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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

I'll definitely try this one. Thanks! Best, Sis

AARON99 6 years ago

Delicious hub really. Keep it up.

Justine76 6 years ago

oh Ill never fit into my swim suit this summer!!!

this looks awesome. Maybe even better then nachos...

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Excellent!!! Many thanks :-))

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gamergirl 6 years ago from Antioch, TN

Oh my this looks tasty.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

OMG - this sounds like...illegal or something! Wicked good!

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electricsky 6 years ago from North Georgia

It sounds kind of hard to make. But it looks good.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

A must to do recipe. thank you ~aloha~

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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

My goodness! A treasure among culinary treasures! Sounds rich and decadent and a MUST TRY! Big hugs to your partner (egg whites) for keeping the balance of good and evil in the world of yumminess! Can't wait to taste this...

Thanks for the hub.

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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

Unusual great recipe, thanks will bookmark for definite use.

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I am going to make this for my husband. Wish me Luck!

Will rate up

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Alison Dittmar 6 years ago from PA

okay, the title had me wondering... haha. Great pics!

cr00059n 5 years ago

What a delicious treat. I have told my friend to make this for me. Thanks for the appetizing recipe.

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Persiamer 3 years ago from California

I have never heard of this sounds yummy!

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