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butter and seasoned apple slices inside a rolled out pie crust inside the pie dish all raw

My Favorite Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 double pie crust or 2 single pie crusts 1x


This perfect pie crust recipe is flaky and buttery with the best consistency ever, and anyone can make it with ease thanks to the simple and straightforward recipe!


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup ice-cold water


  1. Measure the flour by scooping it in your measuring cup, and leaving off the top with the back side of a butter knife. This will help ensure that you aren’t using too much flour.
  2. Place flour and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Add the shortening to the bowl.
  4. Cut the butter into thin pieces, or you can grate it with the large holes of your cheese grater, and add to the flour.
  5. Use a pastry blender or a fork to combine the flour, butter, and shortening. Press until you have pieces of the fat mixed in with chunks about the size of peas remaining.
  6. Add the cold water all at once, and stir to combine.
  7. The dough will come together nicely.
  8. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and use your hands to collect it all into one ball.
  9. Cut the ball in half, and flatten each half into a disc.
  10. Wrap each disc tightly with plastic wrap.
  11. Store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before using, or up to 3 days, or store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let the dough thaw overnight in the fridge before using.
  12. Roll and use in your favorite pie recipes.
  13. Makes a double pie crust (a top and bottom) or enough for 2 bottoms (like 2 pumpkin pies that don’t need a top).


  • I like to use butter-flavored shortening.
  • To get ice-cold water, I’ll fill a cup with water and ice, and then I’ll just pour it into my measuring cup when ready, avoiding letting ice cubes get into the measured water.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American