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How To Make a Pie Crust With Butter

For quite a while now I’ve been making my own pie crusts. I was half tempted to do the buy-one-get-one-free deal for the organic ones at Whole Foods last week. There’ s something about making your own. I feel proud and my kids always gobble it up. I tried the whole shortening recipe but I like the idea of using butter instead. Of course I used all organic ingredients to make it organic.


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (increase to 1 1/2 teaspoons if for a sweet recipe)
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp ice water, make sure it’s very cold

How To:

  1. First start by cutting up the butter, place in freezer for 15 minutes until butter is cold.
  2. Next put flour, salt and sugar in a food processor (I use my Ninja, you could also use a stand mixer)
  3. Add butter and pulse 6 to 8 times, until mixture resembles a crumbly mixture. Add (very cold) water 1 Tablespoon at a time, pulsing until mixture just begins to clump together. You should be able to pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it’s ready, if not, add a little more water and pulse again.
  4. Remove the crumbly mixture and place it on a surface to shape it into a disc. Do not over-knead the dough! You need to be able to see little bits of butter. These pieces of butter are what will allow the result crust to be flaky. Sprinkle the disc with a little flour on all sides.
  5. Wrap the disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  6. Remove crust from fridge and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Roll out on flour covered surface.

The perfect pie dough for your pumpkin pies, or any pie for that matter!


  1. Brandy Byrne on December 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I used to make my own pie crusts all the time but 5 kids later and no energy I must say I always buy from the store. For some reason it’s flakier and tastier than my own.

  2. JC on November 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I plan to definitely use your pie crust recipe for our Thanksgiving pies next week. Thanks so much!

  3. fancygrlnancy on November 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    yum that looks good. I have not made my own pie crust. I know my mom has, but not sure how she does it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kristie on November 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve always made the shortening pie crusts and have the worst time with them! I’ll have to try this recipe next time…just to see if it works better for me. I hope to find a recipe for a crust that doesn’t drive me crazy falling apart while I’m trying to roll it out before giving into the crust mixes or premade crusts. 🙂

  5. Lauralee Hensley on November 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I like making mine homemade too.

  6. Doreen Riopel on November 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Thanks so much! Always bought them already made.
    Doesn’t seem too difficult (fingers croseed) lol