What To Do With Cookie Crumbs

What To Do With Cookie Crumbs: Complete Guide

Last Updated on April 22, 2024 by Lori Walker

Finding residual cookie crumbs on your kitchen counter after baking is bound to happen, but don’t throw them away! Instead, ignite your imagination and explore various methods to reuse them.

Whether you have a few leftover crumbs or an entire batch of broken cookies, I found plenty of delicious and inventive ways to repurpose them into new treats. 

From using them as a crust for pies and cheesecakes to adding them to ice cream and yogurt, there are endless possibilities for turning cookie crumbs into something delicious. 

We’ll teach you what to do with cookie crumbs so you can turn them into new and exciting treats.

7 Things To Do With Cookie Crumbs

1. Make A Pie Crust

making pie crust

One of the best ways to use leftover cookie crumbs is by turning them into a delicious pie crust.

Whether you have graham cracker crumbs, chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, or any other type of cookie, you can quickly transform them into a buttery and crunchy pie crust that pairs perfectly with any filling. 

Making a pie crust with cookie crumbs is quick and easy and adds flavor and texture to your pies. Mix the crumbs with melted butter [1], press the mixture into a pie dish, and bake until golden and fragrant. 

You can use the crust for any pie, from fruity to creamy, and enjoy a delicious and unique dessert that’s sure to impress.

2. Sprinkle On Ice Cream

Adding cookie crumbs to your ice cream is a fun and easy way to elevate this classic dessert. Sprinkle the crumbs over a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, and enjoy the delicious crunch and texture. 

You can also mix the crumbs with melted chocolate and drizzle the mixture over the ice cream for an extra indulgent treat.

“Cookie crumbs, the edible remnants of sweetness, hold the promise of a second act. Like stardust in the kitchen, they can be sprinkled over ice cream, whispered into yogurt, or transformed into a crust for new delights.”

Leonelli Bakery

Another fun idea is to layer the crumbs and ice cream in a parfait glass, along with whipped cream, fruit, and other toppings of your choice. 

With cookie crumbs, you can quickly turn a simple bowl of ice cream into a creative and delicious dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

3. Create A Parfait

Creating a parfait with cookie crumbs is a delicious and healthy way to use leftover crumbs. To make a parfait, layer the crumbs with yogurt and fruit in a tall glass, repeating until the glass is full. 

Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness, and top with nuts or granola for an added crunch.

Parfaits are a great way to enjoy a nutritious and satisfying snack or breakfast, and with cookie crumbs, you can add an extra layer of flavor and texture to your parfait. 

Plus, they’re easy to make and customizable, so you can experiment with different combinations of fruits, yogurt, and toppings to create the perfect parfait for you.

But what can you do with leftover cheesecake batter?

4. Make Cake Pops

chocolate cake pops

Making cake pops with cookie crumbs is a fun and creative way to use up leftover crumbs and turn them into a delicious and festive treat. 

To make cake pops, you must combine the cookie crumbs with cream cheese to create a dough-like mixture, then roll the mixture into small balls and insert a lollipop stick into each ball. 

Dip the balls into melted chocolate or candy melts, and decorate with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or any other toppings you choose. 

Cake pops are an excellent option for parties and events, and with cookie crumbs, you can add a unique and delicious flavor to your cake pops that will leave your guests wanting more.

But how can you keep the Crumbl Cookies fresh?

5. Create A Cookie Bark

Creating a cookie bark with leftover cookie crumbs is a fun and delicious way to enjoy a sweet and crunchy snack.

To make a cookie bark, mix chocolate with the cookie crumbs, then spread the mixture onto a lined baking sheet and refrigerate until set. 

Once the bark is set, break it into pieces and enjoy it as a crunchy, chocolatey snack perfect for sharing. You can also experiment with different types of chocolate and cookie crumbs to create a variety of flavors and textures. 

Cookie bark is easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and is an excellent option for satisfying your sweet tooth when you want something crunchy and indulgent.

Also Read: 8 Easy Steps To Make A Perfect Cookie In Toaster Oven

6. Use As A Topping

Using cookie crumbs as a topping is a simple and easy way to add flavor and texture to your favorite desserts. You can sprinkle cookie crumbs over whipped cream, pudding, or yogurt for a delicious and crunchy treat. 

You can also use cookie crumbs as a topping for cakes, cupcakes, and pies or mix them into frosting or filling to add a unique and delicious flavor. 

Another fun idea is to use cookie crumbs for hot cocoa or coffee topping or sprinkle them over pancakes or waffles for a sweet and crunchy breakfast. 

7. Make A Milkshake

two glasses of cookie crumble shake

Making a milkshake [2] with cookie crumbs is a decadent and delicious way to use leftover crumbs and create a unique and indulgent treat. 

To make a cookie-crumb milkshake, blend milk, ice cream, and cookie crumbs until smooth and creamy. You can also add a chocolate syrup or caramel sauce drizzle for extra sweetness and flavor. 

“I’ve never felt like I was in the cookie business. I’ve always been in a feel good feeling business. My job is to sell joy. My job is to sell happiness. My job is selling an experience.”

– Spokesperson Debbi Fields

Cookie crumb milkshakes are an excellent option for a hot summer day or when you’re in the mood for a rich and creamy dessert. 

Check out these easy tips to make with your leftover Oreo filling here.


How long can you keep cookies in the fridge?

You can keep cookies in the fridge for up to 1 week in an airtight container or zip-top bag.

Can you freeze cookies? 

Yes, you can freeze cookies. Place the cookies in an airtight container or zip-top bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. When ready to eat the cookies, thaw them at room temperature before serving.

Final Thoughts

Cookie crumbs can be repurposed into a variety of delicious treats and desserts. 

Whether making a pie crust, creating a parfait, making cake pops, creating a cookie bark, using them as a topping, or making a milkshake, there are countless ways to put leftover cookie crumbs to good use. 

Not only are these ideas creative and fun, but they also help to reduce waste and make the most out of every last crumb. 

So the next time you have leftover cookie crumbs, don’t throw them away – try one of these ideas and enjoy a delicious and satisfying treat.


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