Crack Pie

You read the title correctly.

This is a Christina Tosi recipe and I surmise this pie and the real thing have a fair amount in common.

The addictive quality, thinking about it when you shouldn’t be, and wondering when you’re going to get it again are likely common themes for both.

I can say definitely that all rings true with regard to crack pie.

Like all of Christina’s recipes, there are multiple steps and recipes within recipes but the results were worth it.

First, let’s talk about the crust. It’s starts as a sheetpan-style giant oatmeal cookie slab that’s made from butter, brown and white sugar, an egg yolk, flour, and oats. The big cookie slab is spread about 1/4- inch thick onto a sheetpan, baked for 15 minutes, cooled, and then destroyed.

That’s right, after cooling, the cookie is crumbled up with a bit more brown sugar and more butter, and packed into a pie plate as the crust.

After packing the crust in, I made the filling, halving her recipe for the filling. I made the full amount of cookie (crust) because the extra was easily tossed into lunches and gobbled as snacks but I didn’t need two whole pies laying around so halved the filling amount to make “just” one pie.

Too much temptation being around that much Crack otherwise.

The filling is made with heavy cream, 4 egg yolks for each pie filling (8 in the full recipe) vanilla extract, white and brown sugar, milk powder, and she also called for 1/4 cup of corn powder (finely pulverized corn flour, not corn starch). across two pies.

Because I was halving it, this meant 1/8th cup or 2 tablespoons corn powder and rather than ordering or sourcing it at Whole Paycheck, I simply used 1 1/2 tablespoon King Arthur all-purpose flour and things turned out just fine.

It must be all the sugar and fat in this pie that kept me from missing those two tablespoons of corn powder because there is so much (butter) going on already.

Butter in the cookie to make the crust, then more butter adding when crumbling and packing the crust down into the pie plate, more butter in the filling.

And I sure wasn’t complaining.

I found myself digging my fork into the pieplate to just “even out the pieces” and then whoops it’s not even, better have another bite and then whoops it’s 12:32am and I can’t stop thinking about this pie, better go see what my own version of crack is up to.

If you are not a fan of sweet desserts, this is not for you.

If you are not a fan of fatty, buttery, rich desserts, this is not for you.

If you’re not a fan of either of those things, you’re reading the wrong blog anyway.

There’s a reason that Momofuku Milk Bar sells these pies for $44 each.

They are a PITA to make, the cost of the raw ingredients per pie, even if you go el cheapo and buy store-brand multiple sticks of butter, sugar, nearly a dozen eggs, heavy cream, milk powder there’s probably at least $15 dollars worth of just raw ingredients in it (you can’t just buy a quarter cup of milk powder or two tablespoons corn powder or 3/4 cup of heavy cream; you need to buy the whole carton, package, and unless you have those things laying around, you need to factor them in, too)

Not to mention few hours worth of time and lots of labor and dishes. I had every sheet pan, mixing bowl, spatula, and measuring cup I own dirtied up for this pie.

Would I make this again? Yes, definitely and with the changes I noted in the recipe section. I’d even consider using a store-bought graham cracker crust and just making the filling because that’s very do-able and not too time-consuming for the average person trying to juggle life, family, work, school, and not spend 3 hours in the kitchen to make one dessert.

All in all this baby is sweet, creamy, and will make you moan and groan. It’s full of texture from the crunchy oat cookie, complemented with the buttery smooth filling.

Each bite is crack-like, indeed.

Crack Pie from the Momofoku Milkbar cookbook - There's a reason this pie has it's name. And it definitely lives up to the hype! (the pie sells for $44.00 at Momofoku's!)

I can only imagine the Google search hits my site is going to get after this post.

Crack Pie from the Momofoku Milkbar cookbook - There's a reason this pie has the name it has and it definitely lives up to the hype!

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Crack Pie

The recipe lives up to its name and everyone should try this pie at least once. It's a fairly involved recipe from Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, as are all her recipes. I wrote extensively in the blog post about the changes I made to the recipe and what I would do in the future. Make sure to thoroughly read the post and recipe a few times before beginning.

Yield: two 10-inch pies

Prep Time: about 2 hours

Cook Time: about 25 minutes for the pie

Total Time: about 5 hours, to allow for cooling



1/4 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 recipe Oat Cookie (recipe follows)
1 tbsp. light brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 recipe Crack Pie Filling (recipe follows)
confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Oat Cookie
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/3 c. light brown sugar, packed
3 tbsp. white sugar, granulated
1 large egg yolk
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/8 tsp. baking powder
pinch baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Crack Pie Filling
1 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 c. white sugar, granulated
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 c. corn powder (corn powder is defined as freeze-dried corn, ground to a fine powder)
1/4 c. milk powder
3/4 c. heavy cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 large egg yolks


To prepare the Oat Cookie crust, preheat the oven to 350°. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy and pale yellow in color. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula. On a lower speed, add the egg to incorporate. Increase the speed back up to a medium-high for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar granules fully dissolve and the mixture is a pale white color. On a lower speed, add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix 60-75 seconds until your dough comes together and all remnants of dry ingredients have incorporated. Your dough will still be a slightly fluffy, fatty mixture in comparison to your average cookie dough. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula.

Pam spray and line a quarter sheet pan with parchment or a Silpat. Plop the oat cookie dough in the center of the pan and with a spatula, spread it out until it is 1/4″ thick. The dough won’t end up covering the entire pan, this is okay. Bake the oat cookie for 15 minutes. Cool completely before using in the crack pie recipe.

To prepare the pie filling, mix the dry ingredients for the filling using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on low speed. Be sure to keep your mixer on low speed during the entire process of preparing the filling; if you try to mix on any higher than a low speed, you will incorporate too much air in the following steps and your pie will not be dense and gooey – the essence of the crack pie. Add the melted butter to the mixer and paddle until all the dry ingredients are moist. Add the heavy cream and vanilla and mix until the white from the cream has completely disappeared into the mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the egg yolks to the mixer, paddling them in to the mixture just to combine. Be careful not to aerate the mixture. Use the filling immediately.

To assemble the pies, preheat the oven to 350°. Put the oat cookie, brown sugar and salt in the food processor and pulse it on and off until the cookie is broken down into a wet sand. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can fake it till you make it and crumble the oat cookie diligently with your hands.) Transfer the cookie crumbs to a bowl and, with your hands, knead the butter and ground cookie mixture until the contents of the bowl are moist enough to knead into a ball. If it is not moist enough to do so, gently melt an additional 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and knead it into the oat crust mixture. Divide the oat crust evenly over 2- 10″ pie tins.

Using your fingers and the palm of your hand, press the oat cookie crust firmly into both 10-inch pie shells. Make sure the bottom and the walls of the pie shells are evenly covered. Use the pie shells immediately or, wrapped well in plastic, store the pie shells at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Place both pie shells on a sheet pan. Divide the crack pie filling evenly over both crusts (the filling should fill the crusts 3/4 way full) and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. During this time, the crack pie will still be very jiggly, but should become golden brown on top. At 15 minutes, open the oven door and reduce the baking temperature to 325°. Depending on your oven this will take 5-10 minutes – keep the pies in the oven during this process. When the oven temperature reads 325°, close the door and finish baking the pies for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the pies should still be jiggly in the bull’s eye centers, but not in the outer center circle. If the pies are still too jiggly, leave them in the oven an additional 5 minutes.

Gently remove the baked pies from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool at room temperature. You can speed up the cooling process by transferring the pies to the fridge or freezer if you’re in a hurry. Freeze your pie for as little as 3 hours or up to overnight to condense the filling for a dense final product – the signature of a perfectly executed Crack Pie. Just before serving finish with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

Adapted from Momofuku Milk Bar

Recipe Notes and Items I Would or Did Change:

I would halve the entire recipe, not just the filling portion, right off the bat (no one needs two of these laying around, nor do you “need” the extra cookie portion; unless you have the freezer space for it or company or are training for a triathlon, halving is my recommendation)

I would use a 9-inch, not 10-inch, pie plate as she recommends. I felt it was just “barely” enough filling and don’t attribute it to halving the recipe. I also used more than half the cookie for the crust and feel a 9-inch would be better.

I would underbake the cookie crust by about 25-30% of what she recommends (take it from 15 minutes to about 10 minutes) so that it crumbles easier and packs into the pie plate easier; plus it gets baked a second time anyway as part of the pie.

I would consider buying a store-bought graham cracker pie crust and just making Christina’s filling if I wanted to take this recipe from 2 hours of standing on my feet to 15 minutes by just making the filling.

I didn’t miss the corn powder and would continue to use my 1 1/2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour because I am frugal, didn’t want to source it, and don’t want to store a bag of corn powder in my already maxed out cupboard space for the occasional one tablespoon use of it.

Tosi recommends baking the entire pie, crust and filling together, for 15 minutes at 350F, opening the oven door and allowing the oven to cool to 325F, and then baking for about 5 more minutes after the oven temperature has reached 325F (about 20-25 minutes of total baking time). I needed to bake mine for about 31-34 minutes of total baking time in order for the center to set (at least one-third longer than she called for which is highly significant and to be noted). Also I was only baking one pie; if I had two in the oven, it would have taken even longer.

Crack Pie Fun Links

Here’s a 5 minute video of Martha Stewart visiting Momofuku Milk Bar. The video quickly shows a variety of their desserts and in the second half of the video, Christina and David make Crack Pie (in two minutes!) for Martha. It was fun to watch them cooking, hear their voices, see their technique and I watched this before I made my Crack Pie and it was immensely helpful. A picture (or video) is always worth a thousand words.

This person cooked and blogged about every single recipe in the Momofuku cookbook (the savory version of the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook). How they do not weigh 900 pounds is a mystery. Here is their blog post on Crack Pie

Almost Bourdain’s post about Crack Pie with pretty step-by-step pictures

This post is part of my participation in the Milk Bar Monday’s Group.

My last post with the group was Cinnamon Bun Pie, which I took ample shortcuts for and this doughy hot mess is a 15 minute project, tops.

My most recipe inspiration from Christina Tosi was my Buttery Toasted Captain Crunchies. She makes something similar with Corn Flakes, or Fruity Pebbles, and I tweaked her recipe and used Cap’n Crunch. They taste like buttered toast much more so than Cap’n Crunch, are uber crunchy, and highly addictive.

See what the other Milk Bar Monday ladies created this week:

Audra from The Baker Chick

Cassie from Bake Your Day

Erin from Big Fat Baker

Jacqueline from The Dusty Baker

Krissy from Krissy’s Creations

Meagan from Scarletta Bakes (the recipe for Crack Pie is on Meagan’s site today)

Nicole from Sweet Peony

Follow the Milk Bar Monday ladies on Twitter

Do you make pie?

Do you make your own crust? Do you have a favorite crust or filling recipe?

The last pie I made and blogged about was this vegan, gluten free, no-bake pumpkin pie

I am more of a fan of pie filling than whole pies, because most crust because tends to be boring and dry and don’t prefer to consume dry and boring calories.

When I think of pie, this caramel maple pumpkin smoothie tastes like pumpkin pie filling. All the “good” parts and flavors of pumpkin pie, no dry crusty parts involved.

These caramel apple bars (gluten free) or caramel peanut butter and jelly bars (gluten free) are my idea of apple “pie”. The crust is flavorful, moist, there’s peanut butter involved, and it’s a one-pan, ten minute project.

One of the reason I don’t make pies is because they are cumbersome and secondly I am take-it-or-leave-it with most pie crust. Although Crack Pie was very cumbersome to make, the crust was phenomenal and the filling was to-die-for, and for a special occasion I could envision making it again.

Have a great week and thanks for the KitchenAid 7-Quart Stand Mixer Giveaway entries



216 Responses to “Crack Pie”

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    Jane Hannum — August 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I can’t wait to try this, it sounds so yummy. Thank you for sharing.


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    Allison Tong — October 14, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I’ve made this a couple times and it is labor and ingredient intensive. My crust shortcut now relies on Hannah Max Cookie Chips (Safeway carries this) or Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies mixed with some yummy crispy oatmeal granola (bulk section Whole foods), as I normally have those on hand. Then I melt the butter, adjust sugar to taste (usually reduce by half) and just prepare it like a traditional graham cracker crust. It’ll save you half a day’s work. Also, you can find Corn flour in the bulk section at WF. Masa can work in a pinch too


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 14th, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Good tips on your crust. As a happy accident, when I made these

      I realized they tasted like something familiar…and the taste lots like Crack Pie crust, and take seconds to mix together. You could work in some of the other flavor elements that Tosi does like oats but honestly, love that crust so much and I bet it would be just fine with the filling and stirs together in about 4 seconds flat. As you said, the pie is labor and ingredient intensive and any thing to ease that up, is welcome, right! :)


      • Allison Tong replied: — October 14th, 2013 at 2:11 am

        Yum!! Just book marked this! It’s 2am in California. I’m glad I’m not the only night owl up. I found you on Pinterest and I’m loving your website.

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 14th, 2013 at 2:57 am

          I’m in San Diego and now it’s 3am and yes, still up. It’s the only time of day I can get anything done without interruptions. Except of course to talk Crack Pie, a welcome diversion! Thanks for finding me!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 12, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Averie, this looks to-die-for! Pinned!


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    Carla — January 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Averie, would corn starch be a suitable substitute for corn powder?


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 12th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      In the recipe notes I wrote this, “I didn’t miss the corn powder and would continue to use my 1 1/2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour because I am frugal, didn’t want to source it, and don’t want to store a bag of corn powder in my already maxed out cupboard space for the occasional one tablespoon use of it.”

      So you can use your judgment what you think the best action would be. LMK how it goes!


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    GingerSnapped — January 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I’m pretty sure corn ‘powder’ could be made by taking a bit of corn meal (like what you would use to make corn bread..or even grits) and grinding it finely in a food processor or coffee/herb grinder


    • GingerSnapped replied: — January 13th, 2014 at 9:41 am

      that is to say, if you are using regular flour as a substitute…if you wanted to go the extra mile and have the actual corn aspect..I’m pretty sure you could do it this way :)
      assuming you have corn meal on hand, that is…


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    Ashton — January 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I am so glad you pulled this out of the archives for us! Seriously, this pies looks INCREDIBLE. Like…. ****INCREDIBLE****!!!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 17th, 2014 at 2:06 am

      I know you make a Chess Pie and that’s essentially what this is, except doctored up, Christina Tosi style (who manages to make even simple recipes complicated LOL) but this pie, Ashton, it’s so good. And honestly, if you love Chess Pie, you will love love love this. If you have an occasion to make a fussy/complicated dessert and you want a pie, put this one on your bucket list. It’s worth it!


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    Dorothy — January 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Crack Pie Recipe


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    kelly — January 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    is corn powder = to me grinding up corn flower or corn meal ? i bought both not knowing what was bettter :/


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 28th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Corn powder is what C. Tosi specifies in her book. To be honest, I am not really sure how corn powder is made and if it’s ground corn meal, corn flour or what. You’re looking for ‘corn powder’ if you choose to include it. I did not, as you can see in my notes, and it turned out just fine!


      • Lauren Gural replied: — February 1st, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        corn powder is actually freeze dried corn, ground up. you can get it at whole foods. not at all the same thing as corn meal or corn starch, and definitely makes a difference. she puts it in there for taste.

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    Sarah @ Miss Candiquik — February 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This sounds pretty darn amazing. I can only imagine what it tastes like! But now I know WHY they charge $40-something for this pie…wow!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 5th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Sarah it’s a ton of work to make, I won’t lie. And the ingredients themselves, there’s a lot of raw materials $$ there so honestly, I can understand the $40 too after making it! You’ve got $20 worth of hard costs and your time is worth something but it IS an awesome pie and since you’re such a great baker, put it on your bucket list one day to make!


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    anon — February 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    disappointed mine looked nothing like your picture! I was worried i’d done it wrong, but then looked at other comments and other sites’ pics of this pie… and looks like it does come out much darker and more “set”… less “creamy”. “like a pecan pie w/o the pecans” as someone described it, is a great description. wish yours could be re-created with this recipe, as i prefer the look of it!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 5th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      I did exactly what I typed in the recipe and all the related notes that I wrote. Maybe you baked yours longer/too long if it’s darker and more set; those would be 2 clues that it was baked longer than mine relatively speaking if oven temps, enviroments, etc were all perfectly calculated. Maybe just bake it less next time!


    • Margaret replied: — April 16th, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I don’t see how it could be like pecan pie w/o the pecans unless you used whole eggs instead of just the yolks as called for. My pecan pies do not have heavy cream or a thickener like corn powder or flour but they do have whole eggs, sugar and butter.


    • Dina replied: — October 21st, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Just finished and mine are darker too – mine too remind me of a pecanless pecan pie. But oh my gosh does it taste good!! Sure, it would be nice to look like the pictures above but who cares when it tastes this good!!!


      • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 21st, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        You have to remember that with BRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTS hitting a light-colored pie, they make things look much lighter than the pie really was/is in person. I mean yes, it’s a light pie, but the combined with natural light and photography lights, the pie ‘glows’ on camera. I don’t think yours is probably that much different than mine was. Next time if you want, tent w/ a sheet of foil the last 15 mins or so of baking to prevent some of that browning. Glad you loved it though!

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    Nancy Snyder — February 10, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I work for a private club and this is what there getting on the Wednesday night buffet this week…I’ll make the whole recipe since I will need 2 pies! Thanks for the post. You need my little corner, run it through, dishwasher takes 3 minutes a load and wam bam thank you mam everything is clean. sure makes a difference in baking… ;)


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    Martin D. Redmond — February 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Hi is milk powder the same as powdered milk?


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    Joann M. CA — February 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Hello Averie,
    this pie sounds yummy. I just may have to try it soon. :-) Probably when we invite company over since it would be too much for my hubby and me.
    I have a couple of questions, must you use dry milk, I have regular, H&H and cream, no dry. also in the cookie recipe can’t I just put in the whole egg? or not at all? I love to bake pies, I have a really good crust recipe (got it from the Sacramento Union Paper, it’s been out of business for years) let me know if you are interested and I will share the recipe with you. love your pictures showing the steps, reminds me of the Pioneer Woman. Happy Baking. Joann


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 22nd, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Hi I haven’t tried the pie other than exactly as I made it so I can’t really speak to how substitutions will work and altering things. I hope you get to try it – such a great tasting pie and thanks for the compliments that I remind you of Ree! That’s a super high honor :)


      • Joann M. CA replied: — February 22nd, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        Hi Averie, I just watched the Martha Stewart video that you recommended, Very interesting. When they put the ingredients together for the crust she put in a whole egg, hmmm, so I will try it that way. Since they all kept saying it was like chess pie, I know they did not use dry milk in that recipe, but I am not sure how to sub. so may have to dink around with this and check out a chess pie recipe and see what’s what in that one. (I know I am bad always revising recipes. LOL) You are most welcome about you reminding me of Ree, she is such a character when she writes out her recipes, I so enjoy her. I hope to get more goodies from your site. :-)

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    Martin D. Redmond — February 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for the feedback. I ended up making 2 of these yesterday(we entertained 8 for dinner). It was a huge hit. Y0u’re spot on in recommending a 9 in pie pan. I had a bit of a challenge getting the pie crust spread evenly into the pan (the crust kept sticking to my fingers) Until I used a spoon to press it in-that worked pretty well. Also used your flour substitution. As a few others have noted mine turned out darker, but the taste is…well crackish! Great blog post!

    I write a wine blog and found the perfect bottle of wine to enjoy with this, so I’ll be linking back to this page!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 at 11:21 am

      So glad that the pies were a big hit! Tthat is awesome that you made two! And glad my tips for the flour, pie size and it all worked out so well for you. Thanks in advance for the linkback :)


    • carol replied: — April 18th, 2014 at 8:59 am

      put plastic bags on your hands to press out cookie crusts… it helps a little!


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    JL — February 23, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    This pie recipe looks & sounds delicious, but…I don’t see what’s amusing about naming all these food dishes with the word “crack” in it – better than crack, crack pie, crack cookies……I understand what the meaning is supposed to be, but it makes me cringes a bit & not really want to eat something that is compared as being like, or better than an ilegal street drug that destroys lives & has nothing good about it? I’m not trying to be rude or critical towards you, I just don’t get it.


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 23rd, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      I didn’t name the pie. If you notice, it’s a famous pie I made from the Momofuku Milkbar Cookbook of the famed Momofuku Milkbar restaurant in NYC. Christina Tosi named it, not me. I just made it.


      • JL replied: — February 25th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

        No, I’m sorry, I didn’t see the part where someone else named it. But that really doesn’t make a difference to me. Honestly, I mean no offense to you personally, & I’m not criticizing you, you have some great recipes on your pages. This was just around the 4th or 5th recipe I’d seen in 2 days with the word “crack” in the title, so I just happened to comment on your page.. And I didn’t mean it in a critical way, I just really don’t get it & I wish someone could explain to me what the appeal is in that name? It doesn’t matter who named it, everyone seems to think it’s cute & the recipe becomes even more popular, even if it isn’t that good – this pie sounds amazing, btw, I’m thinking of it for Easter :)
        I had a kid ask me why it’s ok to eat crack cookies, if drugs are bad for you. I think people just don’t really think about the meaning behind the name, maybe they just weren’t around when that drug was as pervasive as meth & destroyed so many families. It might be a different thought if we were serving out families ‘Magic Meth Mashed Potatoes’, ‘Better Than Meth Muffins’, or picture handing your kid a cookie & saying ‘here you go sweetie, have a ‘Monster Meth Cookie’ ,I wonder if those recipes would go viral?
        Seriously, please don’t take it personally, just something to think about. I’ve been silently following your pages & like a lot of your stuff. I don’t know if you can delete my comments if you don’t want them there, or if I can do it if you want me to – but I will if you let me know.

      • JV replied: — May 17th, 2014 at 11:07 am

        This is a very strange comment. If you hate the name, why not call it something else..? Personal issues, I guess. Great looking pie!

    • carol replied: — April 18th, 2014 at 8:58 am

      in the 80’s there waas a “better than sex” cake… and now there are all the drug references with food. you are right and people should think before they name these things. but face it – Momofuku Custard Pie doesn’t sound as good!!! hahaha.


    • lynne replied: — April 22nd, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Hey JL, lighten up for God’s sake. Rename the damn pie if it makes you feel better. Seriously!


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    Jen @ Fresh From The... — February 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I just got her cookbook as a gift for Valentine’s Day and I have to say I was like whoa those are some complicated recipes! I made the cornflake marshmallow cookies and had the same too-flat and overbaked results, so I’m glad it wasn’t me doing something wrong! I will definitely want to try this one out, though. Pretty much everyone loves the Crack Pie from what I’ve seen!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      I know, have you ever seen so many long, complicated drawn out recipes? LOL Well I have but hers are right up there! And yes with those cookies. I believe it has to do with commercial vs. home kitchen equipment and also baking on a scale 10x as big as what we make. Sometimes you just can’t quadruple a recipe or make 1/10th of the recipe, even if you adjust all other measurements; baking just doesn’t always work that way, and I believe those things are partly to do with the many home-based (failed) or very iffy results. And on top of that, not quite sure if she divulges ALL her trade secrets in the book :) But this pie is worth taking the time to make!


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    Adeline — March 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I’m using the small ( mini ) store bought graham cracker crusts …anyone know how long I should bake them ??


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    PJ — March 30, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I make my own “graham cracker” style crust using a shortcut of store bought cookies instead of graham crackers. Vanilla wafers are a good choice. I really like pecan sandies. The bargain brand oatmeal worked great for this recipe.


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    Margaret — April 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I don’t know if I’ll ever make the filling but I’m thinking that crumb crust would be better than any I’ve had. I detest graham crackers and vanilla wafers are too sweet. I’ve been using the store bought shortbread crust for cheesecakes but it’s too sweet for some pies. I love oats and I could control the sugar in this crust, sounds like a winner.


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    carol — April 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    i rarely make pies but this one reminds me of my daddy’s favorite custard pie…. i will try to make this one, but i can tell you that the 1/4 cup of milk powder is superfluous… sounds sinfully delicious….


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    Jill — May 25, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    The reason for the longer cooking time and the brown tops is because of the change to the 9 inch pie plate. It makes the filing thicker which means it’s needs longer to set. So long that the top is turning brown, for some. I think sticking with the 10 inch plate would be best, just plan for a thin crust and thin filling. It should set in the time suggested and no brown top. I’m going to try that next time.


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    Shelly — June 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    My stand mixer didn’t come with a paddle attachment. How important is that, do you think? I’d love to try to make this, but I don’t want to have to buy special equipment for it. Thanks!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 8th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Most stand mixers really only have one main attachment, the paddle attachment. The other 2 common ones are dough hook or the wire whisk, but you do need the paddle attachment for 99% of all baking recipes you’d make with a stand mixer. Maybe you already have it, and it’s a terminology thing, which I am thinking it is.


      • Shelly replied: — June 8th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        I have a Sunbeam, and it only came with the wire whisk.

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 8th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

          Wow, not sure what kind of baking they think you’ll be able to do, but in general, you’ll probably want to get the paddle attachment. It’s what you’ll use to make cookies, cakes, muffins, quickbreads, etc.

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    Lauren — August 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I just tried this recipe and I would love to know how you got that fluffy, yellow consistency!! Mine turned out yellow on the top and much like caramel in the middle. Nothing like your beautiful pictures. It must be the baking time. Any tips for getting a fluffy pie?


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 10th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      It’s very hard to trouble-shoot what someone did in their kitchen and so it’s hard for me to really say what happened. In generally fluffiness occurs in baking when you really BEAT and whip things like crazy, so make sure you mix over and beyond what you even think you need to do, use a stand mixer, and if yours was yellow and caramely that sounds like over-baking to me. There’s a fine line with this pie of being done and not, and sounds like you crossed into the over-baking realm. Since this is not my original recipe and is Christina Tosi’s, email her! Or call Momofuku in NYC! I would :)


      • Lauren replied: — August 12th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

        Thanks! I definitely want to try again. I’m going to put my mixer on turbo and see where that gets me. I love a fluffy pie! Kudos for making such a beautiful one… This recipe is clearly for experts only.

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 12th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

          Yea you need to MIX this batter from what I remember from making it. You really have to aerate it and get it whipped!

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    Broma Bakery — September 12, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Yesssss, I’ve always wanted to make this pie. This and her cornbread cookies. She’s a baking goddess.


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    Alexandra Compton — September 24, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Momofuku crack pie is SO good. Everytime i’m in NY I eat a slice.
    One tip that I noticed just from your pics, is that next time you make this you may want to refrigerate it for a few hours before eating, as crack pie should be kept refrigerated. The consistency should be that of a thick lemon bar.
    Enjoy your crack pie!!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — September 24th, 2014 at 3:11 am

      Thanks and I did.

      Sometimes things warm up and soften a bit in the time it takes to get them from baking dish to plate to getting those perfect images with the camera under hot lights or in warm rooms.


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    Krista — September 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Hey, I learned something today! Corn flour = corn masa.

    This looks soooooo good. I have been reading about this pie. I think I need to make it, seeing as I don’t expect to hit NYC anytime soon.
    Thanks for the recipe!


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    Kentucky Lady 717 — October 6, 2014 at 6:26 am

    This sounds like a great pie, but sure is a lot of trouble to make… glad you made it easier for people like me who doesn’t like complicated recipes….sure want to try it…don’t know when tho… kinda sounds like a CHESS PIE which I have never made or tasted…..always wanted to tho.
    Thank you so much for making the recipes easier for all of us, we appreciate it…..


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 6th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for the nice comment and yes, this recipe is complicated and fussy. It’s do-able, but it’s a project! One of those ‘bucket list recipes’ I had always wanted to make and am glad I did, but it’s not a quick-and-easy number, although I tried to pare it down and simplify it as much as possible to bring it more onto those lines! Thanks for noticing!


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    Ali — October 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Is this pie served chilled or at room temp? Also, (assuming there are any), where do leftovers go–in fridge or on counter at room temp? This pie looks amazing! I’ll be making this soon, with your modifications! Thanks for sharing! :)


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 11th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      I serve it slightly chilled. Store in the fridge and then take out about 15 minutes before you plan to serve it.


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    Sally H — October 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Im a fat girl stuck in a skinny girl’s body. Why? I positively love my desserts! No recipe is to fussy or complicated for me. While this recipe does require a level of confidence and comfort in the kitchen, it is well worth the end result. I took my time with it however, and made the crust one day then on another I made the filling. And yes I made two! Took your advice with regard to the corn powder too. Thanks for gorgeous pictures of a doozy of a dessert! As for the name of the pie – Who cares? Just enjoy it!!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 18th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      What a great field report and thank you for trying this pie! And very good call on splitting up the recipe into crust one day, filling another. I actually recall making this crust late one day/evening, and then doing the filling the next morning. Glad the corn powder advice worked and…good for you for making two! As long as you’re going to the work, right :)


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    Vicki @ WITK — October 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve actually taken the Crack pie class at Milk bar and spoke with Tosi about the ingredients. The corn powder actually gives this pie a lot of flavor. While I’m sure it tastes perfectly desserty without it, you should definitely give it a try next time. I bought a small container of corn powder from Milk when I was there, but it’s also available on Amazon.


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    Rebecca Blackwell — October 21, 2014 at 9:21 am

    This looks sooooo good! I think I might make this for Thanksgiving this year. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 21st, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Please do a dry run 1 week before, JUST IN CASE :) It’s a semi-complicated recipe and totally worth it but you just want to make sure, you know!


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    s — October 27, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Question – I made the cookie for the crust night and I noticed that you list a different amount of oats (1 cup) than all the other versions of this recipe, which call for 1.5 cups. Is there a reason for this? It still came out great, and it’s delicious, but I’m just wondering why this recipe is different. Thanks!


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 27th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I took the recipe from the cookbook so not sure where others got their recipes but when I typed this up years ago, I took it from the book.

      Glad your pie came out great and thanks for trying the recipe!


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    KelleyP — October 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Way too many pictures that do not add any information. This makes reading on a small screen (tablet our phone) very difficult.


    • Bridget replied: — November 22nd, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Really? All some people do is complain!!!


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    ashley — November 2, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I rarely comment on blog posts, but I just had to do so for this one! Amazing job!!!! Brava! This is one of my favorite desserts and am so thrilled that not only is the recipe available, but your blog post makes it seem possible, albeit time/effort/money intensive! I’m going to try this for Thanksgiving. Thank you for such a useful and beautiful post.


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — November 2nd, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      albeit time/effort/money intensive! <— true to all of that, and I can totally see why Momofuku charges almost $50 for theirs because of the work, time, and ingredients but DIYing is so rewarding. Make sure to do a trial run of this before Thanksgiving just because, well, it is a more intensive recipe and you want to be double-triple sure you have it down pat :) And if it works, you can just freeze it til you need it!


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    Anita — November 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    This looks and sounds AMAZING. It makes me think of a gussied-up Chess Pie crossed with an Egg Custard. Both are EEEEVILLLLL. Together? Along with heavy cream and a crazy crust? (Shudder) Totally bookmarking this.


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — November 2nd, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      a gussied-up Chess Pie crossed with an Egg Custard = YES!! :)


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    Laura G. — November 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    ive been a fan of your site/recipes for years. Love the photography especially. Everything I’ve ever made has been a big hit, so keep up the great work! I want to make this for a larger group and was thinking of using a 9×13 pan instead of the 2 pie pans, what can I say, I’m a wild woman. I’m thinking at a minimum at least an hour cooking time. What are your recommendations? By the way, I will be using corn powder. I found it in the baking aisle by bobs red mill (I think that is the name).


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — November 8th, 2014 at 4:51 am

      I think that you could probably do a 9×13 pan with this but I haven’t tried and so can’t really speak to baking times and how things will exactly come together. I hope all goes well and keep me posted!


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    Laura G. — November 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    hi, thank you so much for getting back to me about the 9×13 crack pie. I will be making it for Thanksgiving so I will definitely let you know how it turns out!


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    Suzy B. — November 12, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Hi – this looks amazing. I’d like to make it for Thanksgiving. OK to make the day before?


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    Cilla — November 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Where does the first 1/4 c melted butter go? I can’t seem to find it. lol The crust has the 1/2 c. butter and the filling has 1 c of butter, but I can’t account for the first 1/4 listed at the top. (I made the cookie crust part tonight while baking something else and plan to put the rest of the pie together tomorrow.) :) Thanks


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — November 25th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Under the To Assemble the Pies portion – Transfer the cookie crumbs to a bowl and, with your hands, knead the butter and ground cookie mixture until the contents of the bowl are moist enough to knead into a ball. If it is not moist enough to do so, gently melt an additional 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and knead it into the oat crust mixture. Divide the oat crust evenly over 2- 10″ pie tins.

      You add the 1/4 butter as needed to the oat cookie to get it to become a crust.

      I copied the recipe how it was written in Tosi’s cookbook and I can understand how it’s a bit confusing; it was to me too. But that’s how she wrote it.

      Enjoy the pie!


      • Cilla replied: — November 25th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        Aha! Got it. Thanks. :)

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    Laura G — November 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Hi, just wanted to follow up. I made the pie in a 9×13 pan and it was a success. I baked the pie for 20 minutes at 350, opened the door and lowered the oven to 325 for another 20 minutes and it turned out perfectly and of course was a big hit at Thanksgiving dinner.


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — November 30th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      I’m so glad it came out great for you in a 9×13 pan! Thanks for the details as I’m sure it will help someone one day!


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    Ann — November 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for the recipe, I made this for Thanksgiving and turned out beautifully. For what it’s worth, the crack pie at Momo Milk bar is darker as the other readers have commented. But either way both pies I am sure are addicting as it should be! :)


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — November 30th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Glad it came out great for you and I’m sure you had very grateful friends & family to help you eat it!


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    Amber — December 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Please stop titling recipes using the word “crack”. As an addictions counsellor it’s very offensive. Cake is NOTHING compared to crack. Cake doesn’t rule your life and take your family and home from you. Please reconsider the next time you wish to give a title to a new recipe.


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 1st, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      I DIDN’T NAME IT. Christina Tosi did; it’s her recipe from her cookbook/restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar. I simple made it and blogged about it.


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    Michelle — December 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Well, that is definitely the biggest disappointment I’ve ever had in the kitchen. After many hours in the kitchen and leaving the pie in the oven for even longer than the recipe called for (and I didn’t leave the door open when I lowered the temp), I had to throw this away. This did not set AT ALL. (I also had it in the freezer for three hours after it cooled to room temp. )I would have liked to at least eat maybe around the edge to see if the flavor was all it was “cracked” up to be, but since I’m pregnant eating a bunch of runny, raw egg yolks seemed like a bad call. I’m going to go and cry myself to sleep now. Oh wait, I’m nine months pregnant-I don’t sleep either.


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 4th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      I’m sorry it didn’t set for you. I wrote the recipe exactly like Christina Tosi wrote in her cookbook. It IS a very complicated and long recipe and I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Write to her or call her at Momofuku and tell her what you did and maybe she can give you some pointers!


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    Nichole — December 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I just finished making this and the filling is the bee’s knees. However, when a I baked it, it got super bubbly and dripped all the way out of my pie pan (so glad you said put the pie pan on a baking sheet). I just can figure out what caused it to blow up so much. The middle circle is dry, but it’s still wet and gooey on the outer circle. I left plenty of room a the top. Any idea where I might have gone wrong?


    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 13th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Honestly, I don’t know! That’s interesting to me and something I haven’t experienced. Sometimes when beating eggs for pie filling, if you overbeat it can cause the pie to get a little bubbly, but that’s more cosmetic with little tiny bubbles, not like a bubble-over situation. I wrote the recipe as it comes from Christina Tosi’s cookbook so I really don’t have any extra advice for you.


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