Momofuku Crack Pie

"This variation on chess pie was created by David Chang for his restaurant Momofuku in New York. (Another version of this is posted as recipe #414696 but that one has some quantities misstated.) The homemade cookie crust makes it special. If you don't have 10" pie pans, you can use 9", but the filling will be deeper, so it will need an extra 5-10 minutes cooking time. Prep time includes 1 hour for cooling the cookie. Published in my local paper"
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Ready In:
2hrs 40mins
2 10" pies




  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand-held electric mixer), beat together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until combined.
  • With mixer running on low, add flour mixture in small increments until fully combined. Add oats and mix until combined.
  • Spread mixture into an unlined, ungreased 9x13 baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes until golden brown and set. Cool a few minutes in pan, then turn out onto a rack until cool to the touch. Lower the oven to 350°F while the cookie cools.
  • Crumble the cooled cookie into the workbowl of a food processor. Add butter, brown sugar and salt. Pulse until combined (a clump of the mixture should hold together when pinched together). Divide the mixture between 2 10" pie pans, pressing into an even, thin layer on the bottom and sides. (The top edge will be ragged.).
  • In a large bowl, whisk together white sugar, brown sugar, salt and powdered milk. Add melted butter, cream and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Whisk in egg yolks one at a time. Be careful not to incorporate too much air.
  • Divide the filling evenly between the two pie crusts. Bake one pie at a time for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325°F for 10 minutes, until the filling is golden brown but still jiggly (like a pecan pie). Place pie pans on a rack to cool.
  • Refrigerate the pies until well-chilled; the filling will be gooey. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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  1. The pie was created by Christina Tosi and not David Chang.
  2. Let me preface this by saying that this pie is quite a bit of work to make. That being said it is well worth it. It is rich, sweet and gooey! Everything a good dessert should be. I baked the cookie part on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, there was no sticking and it cooked up beautifully. I am not sure why it says unlined pan but no way was I going to chance it sticking to the sheet. I only had 9 inch glass pie plates so I used those. I didn't time them after the baking at 350 for 15 minutes but it took considerably longer at 325 than then 10 minutes in the recipe. I left them until they were golden brown and bubbly on top. If you are only going to try one new dessert recipe let this be the one!!
  3. really amazing pie, the custard was a tad sweet but its pie! the real winner is the crust which I highly suggest making with other pies as well. The added step of making your own cookie really does make the difference.
  4. I, too, saw this recipe in the paper- in my case The Ottawa Citizen, so it must be making the rounds! So glad someone shared it. Yes, it is a bit of work, and don't even think about the calories ;-). I used 10 inch glass pie plates and put the crust right up to the rim, which was too far- next time I will pat it in a little shorter. Anyway it is scrumptious! I froze the second pie, so hopefully it will as good as the first. With the amounts called for in the ingredients being quite specific, I don't think I would try to half it. And although the filling does seem rather loose, it will set- have faith :-). Thanks for this.
  5. Saw this on a food blog awhile ago and so happy to find here too.<br/>Made it today and all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!<br/>Very rich and buttery and sweet.<br/>Made one pie in a 10" tart pan. (1/2 recipe)<br/>Served with lightly sweetened whipped cream.<br/>My chef/hubby was super impressed and usually only goes for chocolatey desserts.


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