Galletas Maria's are just as popular in Mexico as graham crackers are in the U.S. Maybe more so. It's often the first cookie babies in Mexico eat.
Galletas Maria's are a thin, round cookie with a light vanilla taste that are delicious by themselves with a cold glass of milk. But I love to use Maria's cookies as a base for my cookie crumb pie crust. This is a delicious crust with just the Maria's cookies and the melted butter, but to really kick it up a notch, you could add a little ground cinnamon, nutmeg and/or ginger, depending on your pie filling.
Some of my favorite pies to bake in a Galletas Maria's Pie Crust include Key Lime Pie and Creamy Mango Pie.
Galletas Maria's Pie Crust
- 1 package Maria's Cookies
- 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
In a food processor, grind the Maria's Cookies until very fine. If you're like me and don't have a fancy food processor, place the cookies in a large ziploc baggie and flatten with a rolling pin until very fine.
Pour the cookie crumbs into a medium mixing bowl. Season with spices, if desired.
Stir in the melted butter and mix until well comined.
Pour the crumb mixture into a pie plate. Press mixture firmly onto bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Refrigerate until ready to use.