What exactly is crack pie? Well, it's a magical combination of all that is right in this world, encapsulated in an oat cookie crust and buttery, sugary filling. It manages to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooths while wrapping whoever eats it in a blanket of happiness. 

Okay, so maybe crack pie isn't the key to world peace, but it surely is delicious. The pie itself is comprised of two individual recipes, the crust and the filling, that you then combine with even more butter and sugar. What you're left with is a delicious dense, ooey-gooey pie with a hearty oatmeal-y crust. 

Crack Pie was born and brought to fame by Christina Tosi, the head pastry chef of Momofuku Milk Bar. This recipe is excellent to give as a gift, to make ahead for special occasions (it lasts for a month in the freezer), to bake as a treat that'll make you the star of your next holiday party, or just to chow down on by yourself. There's honestly no reason not to make and enjoy this lovely pie. 

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Crack Pie

  • Prep Time:25 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr 10 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 35 mins
  • Servings:10
  • Medium


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 recipe Oat Cookie
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 recipe Crack Pie Filling
  • dusting confectioners sugar
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  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 350ºF. Then, put the oat cookie, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse it on and off until the cookie is broken down and resembles wet sand.

    #SpoonTip: If you don't have a food processor, crumble the oat cookie diligently with your hands.

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  • Step 2

    Transfer the crumbs to a bowl, add the butter and knead the mixture until moist enough to form into a ball. If it's not moist enough, you can melt an additional 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and knead it in.

  • Step 3

    Divide the oat crust evenly between two 10-inch pie tins. Using your fingers and the palms of your hands, press the oat cookie crust firmly into each pie tin, making sure the bottom and sides of the tin are evenly covered.

    #SpoonTip: Here's my dad helping me smash my crumbs with a (sterilized) hammer. Unconventional, but effective.

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  • Step 4

    Put both pie shells on a sheet pan and divide the filling evenly between the two crusts. Bake for 15 minutes. The pies should be golden brown on top, but still very jiggly.

  • Step 5

    Open the oven door and reduce the oven temperature to 325ºF. When the oven reaches 325ºF, close the door and bake the pies for 5 minutes longer. The pies should still be jiggly, but not around the edges. If it's still too jiggly, leave in the oven for an additional 5 minutes or so.

  • Step 6

    Gently take the pan of crack pies out of the oven and transfer to a rack to cool to room temperature. Then freeze your pies for at least 3 hours, or overnight, to condense the filling for a dense final product.

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  • Step 7

    Serve your crack pie cold, and decorate your pie(s) with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. If not serving the pies right away, wrap well in plastic wrap. They will keep fresh for 5 days in the fridge, or 1 month in the freezer.

    #SpoonTip: Make sure to transfer the pie(s) from the freezer to the refrigerator to defrost a minimum of 1 hour before you’re ready to eat.

Oat Cookie

  • Prep Time:7 mins
  • Cook Time:16 mins
  • Total Time:23 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar tightly packed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • scant 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
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  • Step 1

    In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium high for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy and pale yellow in color. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

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  • Step 2

    On low speed, add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, egg yolk, and salt. Mix for a minute until the dough comes together. The dough will be a slightly fluffy, fatty mixture in comparison to your average cookie dough.

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  • Step 3

    Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment, or a silpat. Plop the cookie dough in the center of the pan and spread it out to about a 1/4 inch thick.

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  • Step 4

    Bake for 15 minutes, or until it is caramelized on top and puffed slightly but set firmly. Cool completely before using.


  • Prep Time:8 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:8 mins
  • Servings:0
  • Easy


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 egg yolks
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  • Step 1

    According to Christina Tosi herself, you MUST use a stand mixer to create the filling. Whisking by hand or a hand mixer will not garner the same homogenized and smooth, silky final product. She also warns not to mix on a higher speed as it will incorporate too much air.

  • Step 2

    Combine the sugars, milk powder, and salt in the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed until evenly blended.

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  • Step 3

    Add melted butter and paddle for 2 to 3 minutes until all these dry ingredients are moist.

  • Step 4

    Add the heavy cream and vanilla and continue mixing on low for 2 to 3 minutes until any white streaks from the cream have completely disappeared. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

  • Step 5

    Add the egg yolks, paddling them into the mixture just to combine. Be careful not to aerate the mixture, but be certain the mixture is glossy and homogeneous.

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After carefully crafting your crack pies, they'll be ready to impress and delight everyone you serve them to. I made and served these unconventional pies at Thanksgiving and actually had family members arguing over who got to take home the leftovers. Trust me, make this once and you'll see why it's called crack pie. I'm currently having withdrawals right now...