Mix it Up: Cookie Crusts

Thinking of making a homemade ice cream cake or cheesecake? We’ve got the perfect crust for you!

Although there is no traceable history of the springform pan, this handy piece of bakeware has been used across the world to create beautiful cakes, tortes, and frozen desserts. The sides can be unlatched to release from the base of the pan to reveal a smooth, clean edge on your baked goods. The most common is the nine-inch round, but they’re also available in smaller circles, squares, rectangles, and even hearts.

The secret recipe:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325° F.
  2. Grease your pan. We recommend a springform pan if you want to display the end result in something other than what you baked it in. Although a bit more difficult during the removal stage, a pie plate, or any baking dish will do.
  3. Crumble your cookies. Quantity depends on the size of the pan you are using. Pulse cookies in a blender or food processor until the consistency of coarse sand.
  4. Add oil if needed. Some cookie flavours, like the Flourless Cashew, will naturally bind together, and others will be more crumbly. If yours is on the crumbly side, add a bit of coconut oil, Earth Balance, or your preferred oil into the mix. For a chocolatey flavour, use chocolate chips instead of oil. If looking for a nut-free option, we recommend using our crunchier boxed cookies.*
  5. Form your crust. Press the mixture evenly into your pan.
  6. Bake until golden brown. Approximately 8-10 minutes, though time will be determined by the size of your crust.
  7. Let cool, then enjoy building your cake upon your delicious homemade cookie crust!

Tips + tricks:

  • Substitute coconut oil in this recipe with applesauce!
  • To make an ice cream cake, remove the ice cream from the freezer and let thaw until you can evenly distribute across your crust. Put back in the freezer covered, and leave overnight. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

*If using our individually wrapped grab & go cookies, we advise drying them out a bit in a 200 °F oven for around 15 minutes before grinding them up.

Mix it Up is a series we created to share new and creative ways to enjoy our sinfully delicious sweets! Take a picture of the cookie crusts you make with our cookies, and post and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest so we can see your delicious creations, try them ourselves, and share with others too.

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