Though it may seem totally intimidating and complicated to make homemade pie crust, I promise you it’s actually quite easy. OK, maybe not as easy as cracking an egg or pouring milk in a bowl of cereal, but it’s definitely not as challenging as say, frying a whole turkey.

When I’m making Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts or Apple Pie Turnovers, I love using this tender, flaky pie crust. Of course you can easily buy the pre-made version at the market, but there’s nothing like taste of homemade — or the satisfaction you’ll get from the making it. And just think of how proud your grandma would be!

Watch this video to see how simple it is!


How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust Video

5 from 1 vote
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup chilled butter
  • 1/2 cup all vegetable shortening
  • 6-8 tablespoons chilled cold water



    Calories: 3090kcal | Carbohydrates: 251g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 218g | Cholesterol: 365mg | Sodium: 3580mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. I have never been able to make pie dough, never! always ended by tossing it out and buying store pie dough. Then yesterday after watching your video and getting your recipe I made the most delicious flaky perfect pie dough for a galette. It was not terribly pretty, but you can’t eat pretty. It is a work in progress, but my days of buying store dough is over. Thank you so much.

    2. What brand of shortening do you like to use? Is there a healthier brand of shortening, or can you replace with coconut oil?

    3. Yes you can! When you’re ready to use it let it thaw in the fridge! It might get a little wet/sticky after being frozen, but just knead it with a little flour to get it back to the right consistency!

    4. Nice pie crust! I made this yesterday to go on top of a chicken pot pie. My whole family LOVED our dinner. Your video totally helped too. Thank you!

    5. Happy Birthday! Hope your day gets better.My last batrhdiy was pretty crappy too so I feel for ya!I was supposed to skydive the weekend before but couldn’t because of the weather. I had to attend a very boring mandatory day long meeting for work on my batrhdiy. The next day, I got fired! So yeah, this age hasn’t been great. Kinda looking forward to the next batrhdiy!

    6. You either need to add more flour or use less water. It all depends on the environment… the humidity and temperature will affect your dough. If it is too sticky knead in more flour. If it is too dry work in more cold water!

    7. I just made this pie crust,I followed everything exactly but the crust came out sticky,what did I do wrong,is it possible I put too much water?I’ve never made pie crust from scratch before so not really sure what I did.Thanks for your help.

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