Gooey Butterscotch 'Crack Pie' So Good It Should Be Illegal

Food & Party 13

crack pieNot every dessert lives up to its name. Death by Chocolate? I appear to be alive, so clearly that one doesn't deliver. So I was skeptical the first time I tried Momofuku Milk Bar's legendary Crack Pie. No, I wasn't expecting it to actually contain any illicit substance -- no pie is worth going to prison over -- but could it really be amazing enough to merit comparison to a highly addictive street drug?


I kid you not. This gooey, butterscotch-y, unbelievably decadent concoction is so good it should indeed be illegal. Against the law.

A crime.

But I'm soooooo glad it's legal! As legal as ... pie! And if you don't live anywhere near Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC, you can make it at home ...

Crack Pie

Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling and chilling times

Servings: Makes 2 pies (6 to 8 servings each)

Note: Adapted from Momofuku. This pie calls for 2 (10-inch) pie tins. You can substitute 9-inch pie tins, but note that the pies will require additional baking time, about 5 minutes, due to the increased thickness of the filling.

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Cookie for crust

2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (3 ounces) flour

Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter

1/3 cup (2 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar

3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) sugar

1 egg

Scant 1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) rolled oats

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Whisk the egg into the butter mixture until fully incorporated.

5. With the mixer running, beat in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until fully combined. Stir in the oats until incorporated.

6. Spread the mixture onto a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking sheet and bake until golden brown and set, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to the touch on a rack. Crumble the cooled cookie to use in the crust.


Crumbled cookie for crust

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine the crumbled cookie, butter, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse until evenly combined and blended (a little of the mixture clumped between your fingers should hold together). Divide the crust between 2 (10-inch) pie tins. Press the crust into each shell to form a thin, even layer along the bottom and sides of the tins. Set the prepared crusts aside while you prepare the filling.

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1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar

3/4 cup plus a scant 3 tablespoons (7 ounces) light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon (3/4 ounce) milk powder

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted

3/4 cup plus a scant 2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 egg yolks

2 prepared crusts

Powdered sugar, garnish

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, salt, and milk powder. Whisk in the melted butter, then whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla.

3. Gently whisk in the egg yolks, being careful not to add too much air.

4. Divide the filling evenly between the 2 prepared pie shells.

5. Bake the pies, one at a time, for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees and bake until the filling is slightly jiggly and golden brown (similar to a pecan pie), about 10 minutes. Remove the pies and cool on a rack.

6. Refrigerate the cooled pies until well chilled. The pies are meant to be served cold, and the filling will be gooey. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


Image via Joy/Flickr

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suziejax suziejax

my kids would love this 

ohswe... ohsweetbaby

I am making this as soon as I get home from Iraq.  Sounds yummy!!!

29again 29again

diet?  what diet?  I'm not on a diet!  (Not anymore, I mean!)  Can't wait to try this!

onefo... onefootcutiepie

Dangerous! totally going to have make this!


nonmember avatar April

Calling something "Crack Pie" in a positive manner (and introducing it to your children positively) is awful. Crack is a damning substance that has ruined a countless number of lives (including mine... only because the man I loved became addicted to crack)

I really am tired of "white, middle of the road America" taking the concept of crack in stride. How about we just call it 'AIDS Pie'?

jesis... jesistar6910

Crack pie could be in reference to the way the cookie on top cracks as you eat it. So, yep. Crack Pie. Or it could be in reference to the extreme cravings for this amazingly good dessert incites. So, what should we call it? Craving Inducing Pie? Not as catchy.

@april - get over it. It's just a name for a damned good recipe. 

RanaA... RanaAurora

Aww, darn. I'm lazy and this looks like a lot of work, LOL.

allie... alliesaurus

im pretty sure that soinds more like poison. not sure anything that has that much butter & sugar is worth it. plus wth would i do with 2 10 inch heart cloggers?!

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