No Bake Shortbread Crust Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Mar 06, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 08, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

This easy no bake Shortbread Crust Recipe is perfect for cheesecake, pies, bars and tarts. This homemade pie crust takes just 5 minutes to make and 4 ingredients. This shortbread crust is freezer friendly and easy to make ahead of time.

no bake shortbread crust in a white pie dish

As it starts to warm up, I tend to use my oven a little less. It’s a mix of wanting to spend more time outdoors and a smaller effort in the kitchen, and the love for all things chilled this time of year.

That’s one of the many reasons I love this no bake Shortbread Crust! It’s simple, buttery, sweet but yet not too sweet, making it a delicious base for cheesecakes, pies, bars, tarts and more. This Shortbread Crust Recipe creates a thick crust with great texture and can hold filling without becoming soggy.

To Make This Shortbread Pie Crust Recipe, You Will Need:

You just need 4 ingredients to make these easy no bake pie crusts.

  • Shortbread cookies
  • Butter: Salted
  • Sugar: Brown and white

How to Make Shortbread Pie crust

It’s quick and easy to make and like so many of my recipes, only uses a few ingredients. Just dump them all into a food processor and let it do all the “work.” It takes just 3 minutes!

  1. In a food processor, crush shortbread cookies until smooth.
  2. Add butter and sugars and combine in processor.
  3. Press into a greased pie crust.
  4. Refrigerate 10+ minutes and fill.

The shortbread in a food processor

The dough before being pressed in to the dish

Shortbread Crust isn’t Just for Pies

So, what should you put in a shortbread crust? The list is endless, but here are a few of my Shortbread Crust Recipe favorites: Pecan Pie Bars, Lemon Pie, Rhubarb Bars, Fruit Pizza, Banana Cream Pie, Lemon Berry Pie, Lemon Tart and whatever your little heart desires {um, all of the above, please?}

A Shortbread Crust is often a welcomed, but unexpected surprise when slicing into a pie where most anticipate the usual graham cracker crust.

If you’re a fan of sweet and salty, you’ll love my Pretzel Crust recipe! It’s a favorite with Chocolate or Peanut Butter Cheesecake.

A shortbread pie crust in a white dish

Can You Freeze A Shortbread Crust?

This pie crust only takes about 5 minutes to make, but you can make them ahead of time and freeze them so that you have pie crusts ready to go!

You can make the dough, then roll it into a ball and tightly wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it, and then let it thaw before rolling it out. You can also freeze the pie crust in a dish by wrapping in plastic wrap or foil then placing in a freezer bag.

Can You Make This Pie Crust Without A Food Processor?

Don’t fret – if you don’t have a food processor, you can make this pie crust by hand. Place the cookies in a bag and use a mallet or rolling pin to break them up and then mix everything together by hand. it will take a little longer, but not much.

Close up of the shortbread pie crust

Top Tips For Making This Shortbread Pie Crust Recipe

  • Use salted butter for this recipe.
  • Grease the pie dish before adding the crust for easy removal.
  • Chill the pie crust for 10 minutes before adding the filling.

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no bake shortbread crust recipe

Shortbread Crust Recipe

Easy no bake Shortbread Crust for a simple and sweet base for pies, cheesecakes, tarts, bars and more!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Refrigerate: 15 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 8
Calories: 270.49kcal


  • 10 ounces shortbread cookies
  • 6 tablespoons {salted} butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • In a food processor {or bag with a mallet}, crush shortbread cookies until smooth.
  • Add butter and sugars and combine in processor {or in a bowl with a spoon}.
  • Press into a greased pie crust.
  • Refrigerate 10+ minutes and fill.


Calories: 270.49kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.33g | Protein: 2.25g | Fat: 17.06g | Saturated Fat: 7.56g | Cholesterol: 29.66mg | Sodium: 261.11mg | Potassium: 35.44mg | Fiber: 0.64g | Sugar: 9.79g | Vitamin A: 292.87IU | Calcium: 14.92mg | Iron: 0.97mg
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