Try A Cookie Dough Crust And Discover Your New Favorite No-Bake Pie

There's nothing like a warm, spiced pie to heat you up during the colder months. Although the dessert takes time to whip up, the flaky pie crust mingling with the gooey insides makes all the effort worth it. Pies are often associated with cold-weather events like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but with a few adjustments, the dessert is perfect for even the hottest summer days.

A no-bake pie is already ideal for the culinary inept; with the addition of a cookie dough crust, it becomes the perfect dessert. If you've ever bought a tub of cookie dough solely to eat out of rather than bake it, learning that raw cookie dough can be harmful to your health has probably made the parting sorrowful. Cookie dough-flavored ice cream probably doesn't fill the void, but we have something that might.

An easy no-bake pie with that decadent, chunky cookie dough flavor is the replacement you need. The key to it? Don't actually use cookie dough.

How to make the cookie dough crust pie

To make the crust, you'll need ingredients that can be consumed without baking that mirror the gooey, slightly sticky consistency of cookie dough. For the outside of the pie, browned butter is the flavorful ingredient you should be adding to cookie crusts. Melt down some butter into a dark brown color and mix it together with some flour.

To thicken and flavor the crust, add brown sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla extract, and milk. Knead the dough and spread it around the pie pan to let it cool. With the pie filling, you can lean into that cookie dough flavor by creating a pudding consisting of whisked, heated-up milk, eggs, and butter combined with cornstarch, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract.

Alternatively, you can also take the easy route by using store-bought instant chocolate or vanilla pudding for the filling. Whip up the instant pudding and combine it with crushed cookies, chocolate chips, and cookie butter. You can also top it off with whipped cream for some extra sweetness. Scoop it into the pie pan and let it sit in the fridge for about two hours.