Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:
Cooling Time:
Yields: 8 servings for 9-inch crust (4-cup volume)


Homemade Pie Crust Recipe is a no-fail recipe made easily with ingredients usually found in most kitchens. Be sure to use cold water and keep well-wrapped until ready to use.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cold water*


COMBINE flour and salt in medium bowl; cut in vegetable shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle with water; blend until mixture holds together.

SHAPE dough into ball; place on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Line pie plate with pastry. Turn edge under; crimp as desired.

NOTE: To make two crusts, double all ingredients, follow procedure above, and divide dough in half.

*Add 1 additional tablespoon water as needed.

great crust

by D. David , on Mar. 2010

We loved this crust

Scratch Pie Crust

by C. Cheryl , Atlanta, GA on Feb. 2010

The recipe is a rather simple one. I wish she had shown how to make the fancy edges. My pies taste delicious using this recipe.

Easy As Pie

by R. Ramona , Barlow on Sep. 2009

This gave me confidence to start making my own pie crusts. I did it and it turned out. For the first time in over 30 years I can now make truly homemade pies. Thank you.

homemade pie crust

by v. velma , smithville , MS on Aug. 2009

It really helped me to make a flaky crust pie crust. The lady that guided me step by step was wonderful. I would review it to refresh my memory.

Best ever pie crust!

by K. Kate , Raleigh, NC on Jan. 2009

This makes a great pie crust! I'm not a big pie crust fan, and loved it. My husband says its the best he's ever had!

good recipe, but amt too small

by v. valerie , tigard, OR on Dec. 2008

I made this crust and it came out well, flaky and tasty, but I barely had enough to fill the pie pan (9.5"). I would have liked to have more available on the sides for fluting. 1/3 more would have been perfect. I know how to double the recipe, but not sure how to add 1/3rd.

What I was doing wrong .

by S. Sadie , Bronx, NY on Nov. 2008

To the point not hard to make at all . The step by step video show me . what I was doing wrong to make a pie crust.


by S. Steffi , Cedar Rapids, IA on Nov. 2008

I just baked my FIRST homemade pie with this pie crust recipe!!! Absolutely amazing!! I used butter flavored crisco sticks....turned out fabulous!

easy pie crust

by T. TAMMY , Nebo, NC on Nov. 2008

This is such an easy recipe that my granddaughter can even make this one.


by M. Marcy , Ubly, MI on Oct. 2008

I have tried so many pie crust recipes and they were not very good. This recipe is the bom, I will use this recipe from now on. EXCELLENT