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Baked Press-in Crust

  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR Plus cooling
  • SERVINGS: One 9-by-13-inch crust
  • MAKE-AHEAD

This super-easy crust doesn't even need to be rolled out; just press it into the pan.

  1. 2 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour sifted with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the butter with the sugars at medium speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer at low speed, beat in the sifted flour-and-salt mixture.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches of overhang on the 2 long sides. Transfer the dough to the pan and press it over the bottom and 1 1/4 inches up the side all around. (You can cover the dough with plastic wrap and press with the bottom of a measuring cup.) Be sure the corners are not too thick. Refrigerate until firm.
  3. Bake the crust for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown; halfway through baking, use the back of a spoon to smooth the sides and corners of the crust. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the crust cool before filling.