Creative Things To Do With Broken And Crumbled Cookies

There’s nothing worse than crushed cookies. When you go to reach for a leftover cookie, before realizing that they are all broken and messy. 

But they taste too good to throw away – what can you do with them? Today we’re looking at 10 creative things you can do with broken cookies.

1. Use Them In Banana Pudding

Banana pudding mixes the sweetness of bananas with whipped cream, cookie crumble, and your favorite ice cream. The taste is unforgettable, and you can use whichever cookies you have on hand. Even stale cookies will work in a banana pudding!

Add a layer of airy meringue over the top of your dish to make it into a Southern banana pudding. A banana pudding will normally use vanilla wafers or graham crackers, but you can substitute these for crushed cookies. We bet it will taste even better!

2. Use Cookie Crumbs To Rim A Glass

Salt or sugar might be the most common ingredients to rim a glass with, but who says you can’t use crushed cookies, too?

Crush your leftover cookies into fine pieces and use caramel, melted chocolate, or other sweet sticky liquids to ensure that the cookie crumbs stick.

Work quickly to stick the crumbled cookies to the glass. You can roll the rim in the mixture of cookies to create the crust. Now fill the glass with a milkshake, top it with whipped cream, and enjoy!

3. Use Crumbled Cookies As A Dessert Topping

This is one of the simplest things to do with your leftover cookies – turn them into dessert topping! Everything tastes better with cookie crumbs, right?

Cookie crumbs go perfectly with ice cream, whipped cream, cookie dough, and more. All you need to do is sprinkle the crumbs onto your dessert and serve!

If you think that your broken cookies are too chunky, use a food processor to blitz them into smaller sizes. Alternatively, you could put the cookies in a freezer bag and hit them with a rolling pin to create finer pieces.

4. Make Pie Crust

If you accidentally overcook your cookies and have a bunch of drier leftover cookies that you have no idea what to do with, you can create a pie crust with them.

Just like with graham crackers, all you need to do is put your leftover cookies in a food processor and whiz them into finer pieces.

Mix the cookie crumbs with melted butter until the right consistency, then press into a pie dish. Bake before filling with your pie filling – we love fruit with the cookie crust!

Depending on how many leftover cookies you have, you could make multiple of these delicious desserts.

5. Add Coarsely Crumbled Cookies To A Milkshake

Another easy yet so tasty thing to do with your leftover cookies is to put them into a milkshake. It won’t take you too long and will taste great!

The ice cream will soften the crumbled cookies to give them the perfect gooey consistency. You could also use frozen yogurt if you’d prefer, making a slightly healthier alternative to this yummy dessert.

Creative Things To Do With Broken And Crumbled Cookies

6. Use Crumbled Cookies As Dirt For A Mississippi Mud Pie

Chocolate chip cookies work amazingly for mud on a Mississippi mud pie. Peanut butter cookies also work well, and we’ve even had success with leftover Christmas cookies!

Crush the cookies up with a rolling pin and pour them over your brownie batter, cooking for the recommended time. Make sure that you wait until it’s cooled slightly before you eat it all!

7. Make Cookie Butter

If you’ve never tried cookie butter before, you need to get to know! It is such a delicious invention that contains leftover cookies, fat, flour, and lots of sugar. Mix until it has a smooth, spreadable consistency, and you’re done!

The first cookie butter we made was from chocolate chip cookies and the chips made a wonderful addition. You can also add some cream cheese to make it a little more spreadable.

Cookie butter is a versatile treat that can be used with anything. Put it on ice cream sandwiches, pour over brownies or cookie dough, use it as an ice cream topper – the list goes on and on!

8. Use Leftover Cookies To Make An Icebox Cake

Icebox cakes use layers of cookies and ice cream, as well as other ingredients, to make a thick cake. This is then set in a refrigerator until it’s ready to serve and eat.

Crushed cookies are the best for an icebox recipe as it all still tastes the same and no one will be able to tell that your cookies were broken. They could even be stale and no one would know the difference!

These cakes could even make a wonderful gift for friends and family.

9. Make Cake Pops…Cookie Pops?

Cake pops are very popular when it comes to making things out of broken cakes, so why not do the same for cookies?

Break your cookies up into fine pieces and mix with a binding agent (like cream cheese or melted chocolate). Work quickly to form balls and decorate however you want – from simple powdered sugar to elaborate icing details.

10. Make Cute Mini Cheesecakes

Finally, you could break your leftover cookies into small pieces, mix them with melted butter, and press them into miniature cheesecake pans. Top these with a cream cheese mixture and you have yourself some mini cheesecakes!

Chocolate chip cookies work great for a cheesecake base as the hint of chocolate gives them an additional sweetness.


Thank you for reading our article on what to do with leftover cookie pieces! You can turn them into cheesecakes, add them to milkshakes, create mud cakes, and much more.

To avoid your cookies from breaking in the first place, make sure to store them in an airtight container and eat them before they become too soft.

However, as you can see from our 10 suggestions above, it’s not the end of the world if you’re left with crumbled cookies again! 

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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