My daughter is making pumpkin pie bars and the cookie crust instructions say the ingredients (listed below) need to be pulsed in the food processor until the mixture resembles coarse sand. She has ... excessively pulsed it, so it resembles a paste or thick batter. (Whoops.)

How will this overworking affect the texture of the crust? A crumbly shortbread is the goal, but I'm wary of what this paste will turn into!

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into tiny pieces
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cold water
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    I don't have an answer for you but I'm guessing it will still be delicious either way. :D You've already spent the ingredients. No reason not to bake it and then come back and answer your own question.
    – Catija
    Nov 1, 2017 at 21:42
  • @Erica, does it flow? Maybe my answer in this other post might be helpful! cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/85338/… Nov 1, 2017 at 21:55
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    It doesn't flow, no, it's about the consistency of regular cookie dough (not shortbread). And I'll definitely be cooking it, but I'm wondering whether to put the pie filling on top (potentially making sub-par bars) or make a new cookie crust for the filling and just eat this whatever-it-is on it's own :)
    – Erica
    Nov 1, 2017 at 22:42
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    My bet is that since the butter has been homogenized into the flour and the flour overworked (strengthening the gluten network) that result will be - as you already previewed - more of a pie/flan crust than a crumbly shortbread! Nov 1, 2017 at 23:03
  • So how did the crust turn out?
    – Stephie
    Dec 13, 2017 at 6:41


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