Friday, March 8, 2013

The Color Of Addiction...Crack Pie

The golden brown, buttery Crack Pie...
Have you ever heard of the Milk Bar? I so, so, so wish they had one of these in my neck of the Cali woods. However, since there isn't one even close I thought I'd try baking the infamous Crack Pie myself. Oh, boy oh boy I think I found a favorite! It was divine, and um well hello how could it not be...I mean take a peek at the ingredients and you'll see that it would be impossible to taste otherwise! 

I have to be honest, the whole "let it sit overnight" didn't really happen in my household. We had a slice (or two) a few minutes after it came out of the oven. However, it does taste more "caramelized" if you let it sit overnight, I mean if you have enough will power to do such a thing. ;-)

I think you should make this...this weekend in fact. Don't wait, start now! 
and the crust...the oatmeal crunch. It was good. Really good.


Oat Cookie Crust

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)


Oat Cookie Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper; coat with nonstick spray. Combine 6 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, about 2 minutes. Add egg; beat until pale and fluffy. Add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Turn oat mixture out onto prepared baking pan; press out evenly to edges of pan. Bake until light golden on top, 17 to 18 minutes. Transfer baking pan to rack and cool cookie completely.
  • Using hands, crumble oat cookie into large bowl; add 3 tablespoons butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar. Rub in with fingertips until mixture is moist enough to stick together. Transfer cookie crust mixture to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Using fingers, press mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of pie dish. Place pie dish with crust on rimmed baking sheet.


  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Whisk both sugars, milk powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add melted butter and whisk until blended. Add cream, then egg yolks and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Pour filling into crust. Bake pie 30 minutes (filling may begin to bubble). Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Continue to bake pie until filling is brown in spots and set around edges but center still moves slightly when pie dish is gently shaken, about 20 minutes longer. Cool pie 2 hours in pie dish on rack. Chill uncovered overnight. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; keep chilled.
  • Sift powdered sugar lightly over top of pie. Cut pie into wedges and serve cold

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  1. How dare you tempt me when I'm trying to lose my muffin tops!!!! It looks amazing!!! Yum to the num!

  2. I have this cookbook and I swear I dream about this recipe! I've been trying to restrain myself from making it...because I know I'll eat the whole thing! Looks to die for. I'm going to go drool over the recipe tonight and maybe plan to make if this weekend.

  3. Oh my goodness this looks so tasty!
    Jillian -

  4. Yeah you don't have to tell me twice! ;)


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