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Whether you purchase or bake your cookies, there is nothing worse than having some broken cookies left behind that you can’t put on the table. This is why I made a pledge to myself to utilize every cookie I had to its utmost potential without wasting it!

What can you do with crushed and broken cookies?

As a general rule, broken and crumbled cookies may be used to produce a variety of baked products or baked desserts. You may use the extra cookies as both toppings and crusts. If baking isn’t your thing, you may include them into a variety of non-baked treats.

Before each cookie purchase in my family, there was always an inspection: how many broken or crushed cookies are there? We’d think about it while we evaluated the outside package of cookies for any flaws.

I mention this in the past tense because when a recently bought box of cookies dropped and shattered most of the contents inside before we could even consume them, I quickly discovered via research and trial and error that there are many delicacies you can create or spice up with broken and crumbled cookies.

I bought a set of baking sheets for myself, and they work well! On Amazon, you can get this Nonstick Cookie Sheet Set! I just discovered the Ideal Nonstick Cookie Sheets *By the way, if you’re searching for some new cookie sheets for your kitchen,

That occurrence inspired me to uncover a variety of inventive methods to utilize broken and crumbled cookies to make sweets, ranging from utilizing them as mix-ins and dessert toppings to baking them into even better chunky cookies.

9 Recipes for Broken and Crumbled Cookies:

  1. Use Cookie Crumbs as a Topping
  2. Use Cookie Crumbs to Make a Crust
  3. Make Baked Cookie Cups
  4. Blend Crumbled Cookies into a Milkshake
  5. Make Broken Cookies into Nanaimo Bars
  6. Use Cookie Crumbs to Rim a Glass
  7. Use Crumbled Cookies as Dirt for a Mississippi Mud Pie
  8. Use Crumbled Cookies as a Mix-In
  9. Make Chunk Cookies

If you have broken and crumbled cookies that you won’t be using soon, I suggest keeping them in the refrigerator. If you haven’t opened the packaging yet, you may simply put the cookies in the fridge.

If the packaging is open, however, I suggest placing the cookies in a freezer bag or an airtight container before putting them in the refrigerator.

Cookies kept at ambient temperature may last two to three weeks, whereas cookies stored in the refrigerator can last two months.

*Side Note: You may also be interested in learning How To Properly Store Cookies. I have published an article that discusses all you need to know about Storing Cookies To Make Them Last, which you can read here!

1. As a Topping, use the Cookie Crumbs

Toppings are the simplest method to utilize broken or crushed cookies. Depending on how crushed your cookies are, you may not even need to do anything more but put them on top of whatever you’re topping.

Nevertheless, if your cookies are crushed but remain in somewhat large bits, you may wish to break them down even further.

When I use crumbled cookies to top hard ice cream, I like smaller cookie crumbles to make my dessert simpler to consume. To do this, I put the cookies to be crumbled in a freezer bag and pound them with a rolling pin.

Cookies provide a nice crunchy texture to the ice cream!

If you don’t have a rolling pin, you may smash the cookies with another hard or robust item. If you have a food processor, you may crumble your cookies in it by following the manufacturer’s directions.

When topping soft-serve ice cream with crushed cookies, I like to use bigger cookie bits if I have them.

Ice cream isn’t the only treat that is improved by being topped with ice cream. Crushed cookies have been used as a topping on cakes, pies, and shakes.

2. Make a Crust using Cookie Crumbs

You can use cookie crumbs for more than simply topping pies. The crumbs may also be used to create the crust for your pies. Although graham crackers are often used to create pie crusts, you don’t have to limit yourself to that.

I’ve used chocolate chip, peanut butter, and other kinds of cookies as the basis for pies and cheesecakes on countless times, and the method is similar to using standard graham crackers.

The secret to making a crust out of cookie crumbs is to crush them as finely as possible. The purpose of coarsely crushing your cookies is to keep your crust together. This is simpler to achieve with plain cookies, such as peanut butter cookies.

If you don’t have a food processor, the mix-ins in thick cookies might be difficult to smash!

*Side Note: I can’t live in my kitchen without utilizing my Food Processor. They’re useful for anything from rolling out pie pastry to breaking walnuts! I use the Cuisinart Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor, which is available on Amazon!

When you’ve crushed the cookies into little bits, just combine them with some butter. This will cause the cookie crumbs to stick together.

Following that, just press your cookie crust into your pan, and after your cookie crust has set, you can continue with adding your filling.

3. Construct Baked Cookie Cups

To prepare this delectable delicacy. Just line a cupcake tray as you would a pie pan when preparing a pie crust.

To create this delicacy, smash your cookies into tiny bits and then combine them with butter, as described above for utilizing cookie crumbs to build a pie crust.

After the pieces stay together and you can easily form them, place enough of the crust mix into your individual muffin pockets, being care to mold the crusts onto the edges as well. The objective is to form the crust into a little cup.

When you’ve formed your cookie cups, bake them in the oven at 350F (176C) until the outsides are softly crispy but the insides are soft and chewy.

Depending on the cookies you choose to create your cookie cups, you may need to bake them for 10 to 14 minutes.

After the cookie cups are thoroughly cooked to your taste, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool. When your cookie cups have cooled to your taste, you may fill them with anything you like.

I prefer to top mine with ice cream and homemade whipped cream, with a cherry on top!

I have published an article that explains in detail How To Make Cookies From Cake Batter. It covers all you need to know about Creating Cookie Dough From Cake Batter! This article may be found here!

4. Make a milkshake with crumbled cookies.

If you have a blender, milk, and ice cream on hand, you can make a delicious milkshake out of your crushed cookies.

Creating a broken cookie milkshake is one of my favorite activities since adding the cookies transforms the milkshake into cookies and cream ice cream! (This is my favorite kind of ice cream!)

A excellent mixer is required to prepare the ideal smoothie! I’ve had a Nutribullet Blender for years and couldn’t live without it. I have the 24 oz., 600 watt Nutribullet, which will be perfect for creating smoothies! This Blender is available on Amazon!

As an extra treat, you may top the milkshake with any remaining crushed cookies!

5. Combine broken cookies to make Nanaimo Bars

This is a delightful no-bake dessert that is well worth the work it takes to create. This classic Canadian dessert consists of three components:

  • A base that’s made with cookie crumbs and chocolate
  • A middle layer that’s a custard-flavored icing
  • A top layer of a chocolate coating

To prepare this dish, you may use crushed cookies instead of graham crackers, which are often used to produce this fudge-like delight.

*Side Note: I’m shocked at how many people are unaware of what a Cookie Exchange is. I have published an article explaining What Is A Cookie Exchange and How To Host One For The Holidays!

6. Rim a glass with cookie crumbs

Although sugar or salt are often used to rim glasses. Cookies may also be used. To rim a glass with cookie crumbs, smash your cookies into finer bits first. Next, use melted chocolate, caramel, or nut butter to cover the rim of your glass.

After the rim of your glass has been covered with your preferred sticky ingredient, you must work quickly. Coat the rim of your glass with cookie crumbs quickly before the melted coating dries.

If the cookie crumbs are large enough, you may manually place them on the lip of your glass, or you can turn your glass upside down and dip it into a mound of cookie crumbs if they are fine enough.

It is critical that the melted coating you use to rim your glass is not too liquid in order for it to remain in place on your glass.

7. Make a Mississippi Mud Pie with crumbled cookies as the dirt.

You may smash or grind dark-colored broken or crumbled cookies into fine bits to serve as soil in your favorite Mississippi mud pie recipe.

I normally put the remaining crushed cookies in a tiny ziplock bag, squeeze out all the air, then begin crushing it with a rolling pin. This will help the cookies develop the authentic dirt-like texture necessary for Mississippi mud pie.

If you use the rolling pin too much, the cookie dirt will transform into cookie powder!

I normally use a Traditional Wooden Rolling Pin for this. I found this rolling pin on Amazon and it’s perfect for all of my rolling requirements since the handles remain in place as you roll it. This makes rolling the pin so much simpler!

8. Crumbled cookies may be used as a mix-in.

Crumbled cookies may be mixed into your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt to give texture and flavor to your favorite frozen delicacy.

Cookie crumbs, in my view, may be used to nearly any dessert recipe!

9. Prepare Chunk Cookies

My preferred method for reusing broken or crumbled cookies is to create even better-tasting cookies.

Preheat your oven to 350°F before beginning to create chunk cookies (176C). Next, in a mixing dish, thoroughly combine melted butter, light brown sugar, and white granulated sugar.

Next stir in the vanilla essence, eggs, and cookie crumbs. At this stage, gradually include a sifted mixture of flour, baking soda, and salt. Place the dough in the refrigerator for approximately an hour after adding your slightly larger cookie portions.

After removing your dough, shape it into many balls and lay them on a baking pan. Bake the chunk cookies for 12–15 minutes.

*By the way, I just published an essay titled Why Your Cookies Aren’t Spreading. This article discusses all of the reasons why your cookies will stay in a ball rather than spreading into a cookie form. This article may be found here!

In conclusion

Broken and crumbled cookies may be used in a variety of ways. If I don’t create chunk cookies, I simply use them as a topping or mix-in since it takes the least amount of labor and yields a great reward. Regardless of how you chose to utilize your broken cookies, don’t waste a single crumb!