Homemade Chocolate Wafer Pie Crust
This crust is perfect for the chocolate lover, and is made with crushed chocolate wafers. Try it for your next tart or pie!
Graham cracker crust…gingersnap cookie crust…buttery pie crust…
So many crusts you can make, and all of them wonderful. But my favorite has got to be the Chocolate Wafer crust!
Basically ground up crunchy chocolate cookies, the chocolate wafer crust is my go-to for cheesecakes, peanut butter pie, pecan pie, and salted caramel tarts. I think it’s pretty much a good crust for anything!
The trouble is I can’t seem to find chocolate wafers at ANY grocery store within an hour radius of my house. Seriously. I’ve checked four different grocery stores, and no chocolate wafers are to be found.
So my solution is to make my own. It’s very easy, and the chocolate wafers taste awesome. I always have to make extra because I end up eating a lot of the chocolate wafers before they get the chance to be ground up.
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt:
Then cream together some butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla:
Mix the two together until you get a crumbly dough:
Shape the dough into a log and refrigerate it to firm up. Slice the log into rounds:
Bake the cookies and grind them up in a food processor. Combine the crumbs with melted butter:
Dump the buttery crumbs into your tart or pie pan, and press firmly with your fingers or something flat:
It’s important to really compact the crumbs firmly so the tart doesn’t fall apart when you cut it later:
Bake the crust for 15 minutes, then let it cool and it’s ready to fill! Happy tart and pie making!
Homemade Chocolate Wafer Crust
For the chocolate wafers:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (10 oz by weight)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (2 oz by weight)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter at room temperature (2 sticks)
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
For the wafer pie crust:
- 4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set this aside.
- With a hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar (you want to cream until the sugar granules are no longer visible, but if you rub the mixture with your fingertips you can still feel the sugar granules. This takes a few minutes). Mix in the milk and vanilla, then add in the dry ingredients. Mix together until combined, and note that the dough will be crumbly, but it should hold together when you press a clump between your fingertips.
- Shape the dough into a log, and wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the butter to firm up.
- Preheat the oven to 350, then slice the log into 1/8inch thick wafers. Lay the dough circles on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet, giving them an inch in between cookies to allow them to spread. Bake for 15 minutes until dry to the touch, then let them cool completely. They should crisp as they cool.
- To make the chocolate wafer pie crust, stir the wafer crumbs with the melted butter and press it out into your tart or pie pan. Press very firmly with your fingertips or with something flat, like the bottom of a glass or measuring cup. Bake the crust for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven, then let it cool. It’s now ready to be filled!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
15 Comments on “Homemade Chocolate Wafer Pie Crust”
For the nabisco chocolate wafers, check with the ice cream toppings.
This may sound stupid but isn’t there a way to make the chocolate wafer cookie DOUGH and then just shape it for the pie?? rather than make the actual cookies to only just crush them up with additional butter… is there a way to do this directly? bake the crust as a cookie skipping the baking/crushing step… do you see what I mean??
Hi Raquel, the texture would be vastly different. You can certainly make it that way, but it’s just a different kind of crust.
Looks so tasty! Really who wouldn’t love a chocolate pie crust?! Love it!
Hi, I love your recipes and my family thanks you too.
Is it possible to wrap the dough in anything else than clear wrap or wax paper (out of both)? Also this is for a average 9″ pie pan? I can’t wait to try this with a no bake Nutella cheesecake recipe. I’m so excited.
Hi Shirley, I’m so glad to hear that! Do you have parchment paper? That would work too. Or if you want you can just shape it into a log and put it into tupperware or something. Basically you just want to store it in some way to let the butter firm which will allow you to cut it into slices. This will work for one tart or pie. I happened to do an 11inch tart pan, so you might have a little extra for your pie crust, or will just have a thicker crust if you want it. But the amount should be just about right. The Nutella cheesecake sounds perfect for this! Enjoy =)
I made it. It was so good, but I think I overworked the dough a bit, because it became fudgy. My family loved it with the Nutella cheescake because it added that small touch of chocolate and plus I added a thin layer of chocolate ganache on top. It turned out to be a light chocolate cheescake and not too sweet at all. So thanks for the recipe, I will be making this again soon, New Years is not too far away. 😉
Hi Shirley, I’m glad your family enjoyed your cheesecake, and the chocolate ganache was a great idea! The cookies and crust are supposed to be very crisp so I think overworking the dough is a good guess if it had a more fudgy or chewy texture. Glad it was still a hit! Happy cooking
Chocolate wafer cookies are easy to find here but I much prefer to make my own and not have all the chemicals. That crust looks delicious.
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Must have been operator error on my part. Works fine today. Thank you!
I usually use chocolate Teddy Grahams but this looks great! I’ll have to try it!
That’s so smart! I bet I could find those pretty easily.