The recipe we used, from the L.A. Times, makes two pies. Since we prepared these with our boys and wanted to keep it simple, we instead made bars using one big baking dish. If you prefer pies, you can follow our recipe and just divide the crust and filling into two pie pans. The original recipe gives measurements by volume and by weight, but the volume measurements are a bit odd (2/3 cup plus 2 Tbs flour, scan 1 cup oats, etc.), so we chose to use our digital food scale in order to be precise. In doesn't hurt that our kids love weighing everything, making the baking process especially fun for them.
The bars have been a huge hit with all of us. However, if you don't want your family baking time to be converted into a "just say no" conversation, feel free to change the name. We haven't come up with anything brilliant so in our house they're Crack Pie Bars. Regardless, you are sure to be hooked after you take your first bite.
Momofuku Crack Pie Bars
recipe from The L.A. Times
Cookie for Crust
3 oz unbleached A.P. flour
scant 1/8 tsp baking powder
scant 1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
2 1/2 oz light brown sugar
1 1/4 oz sugar
3 1/2 oz rolled oats
crumbled cookie for crust
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
3/4 oz light brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
10 1/2 oz sugar
7 oz light brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 oz milk powder
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
3/4 cup plus scant 2 Tbs heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
8 egg yolks
9x13 pyrex baking dish or similar
Cookie for Crust
- Preheat oven to 325° convection (375° conventional) and place shelf in the middle.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Cream butter, brown sugar and sugar with in stand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and mix well.
- With mixer running on LOW to prevent a cloud of flour in your kitchen, slowing add flour mixture until fully incorporated. Fold in oats.
- Spread in a thin layer on a butter baking sheet and bake until golden brown and slightly crispy around edges, 12 minutes in our oven. Remove to a rack to cool.
- Crumble cookie when just very slightly warm.
- In food processor, combine cookie crumbs, brown sugar, salt and butter and blend well until evenly combined and crumbs are fine.
- Press into a even layer in the bottom of a well-butter pyrex or similar baking dish. Press well to compact and even.
- Reduce oven temperature to 300° convection (350° conventional).
- Combine sugar, brown sugar, salt and milk powder in bowl of mixer. Add cooled melted butter and combine well. Add heavy cream and vanilla and combine well.
- Add egg yolks and combine on very low speed to avoid incorporating too much air.
- Pour filling on top of cookie crust, and bake at 300° about 20 minutes, then lower temperature to 275° and continue to bake until top is golden brown and set around the edges, about 30 minutes, with filling still slightly jiggly.**
- Remove and cool to room temp, then refrigerate. The official recommendation is to serve cold with powdered sugar dusted on top, but we prefer to eat these warm and gooey so we heat the bars for about 20 seconds in the micro. Stored in refrigerator, extra keeps for several days.