A traditional torte crust (popular in Austria) is a perfect example of a press-in crust. To make it, pulse almonds in the food processor until ground, then add flour, sugar, spices, butter, egg yolks, and vanilla. As you pulse, a delicious dough will form to be pressed right into that tart pan.
Get the recipe: Raspberry Linzertorte
Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie
The star of this luscious dessert is the vegan, gluten-free pie crust. The five ingredients come together in the food processor to create a nutty crust all your guests can enjoy. Though we suggest filling it with homemade chocolate cream, it can be used anywhere you’d use a traditional cookie crust.
Get the recipe: Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie
Gingersnap Baked Alaska Pie
Gingersnaps create the base of this 4-ingredient crust, adding a hint of warmth to the entire pie. To ensure the crust is evenly distributed across the pie plate, use a flat-bottomed measuring cup to press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides.
Get the recipe: Gingersnap Baked Alaska Pie
Ginger-Pumpkin Mini Pies With Speculoos Crust and Whipped Cream
Everyone’s favorite cookie is given the crust treatment in these mini pies, which are topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a handful of crystallized ginger. We like Trader Joe’s brand of Speculoos cookies, but if you don’t have a location near you, you can also buy them on amazon.com.
Get the recipe: Ginger-Pumpkin Mini Pies With Speculoos Crust and Whipped Cream
Pressed-Crust Pear Tart
This crust tastes just like a shortbread cookie, but better: it gets studded with pears and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar before baking. It’s the perfect base for the sweet pears and simple apricot filling.
Get the recipe: Pressed-Crust Pear Tart
Ginger Graham Cracker Crust
Graham crackers are popular in pies for a reason: they’re tasty, they’re versatile, and when combined with butter and sugar, make for a foolproof press-in crust. We like filling this one with cheesecake.
Get the recipe: Ginger Graham Cracker Crust