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Baked pie crust with rolling pin

How to Make the PERFECT Pie Crust

Making your own Perfect Pie Crust doesn't have to be complicated or intimidating. Follow this simple recipe and find out how easy it is to make light, buttery and flaky pie crusts for all your holiday pies!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pie Crust
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 8 (2 pie crusts or top and bottom crust)
Calories 184kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.
  • Cut in shortening with pastry cutter or hands until crumbs form (see picture above for consistency).
  • Slowly add 1/4 cup water and mix until just combined. Careful not to handle too much after adding the water. You want it to just be able to hold together. Do not knead or over mix. This is the secret to getting flaky pie crust!
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface and place in pie pan, pressing down to form to the pan.
  • Using a fork, poke holes all around the pie crust to keep from bubbling up.
  • Bake on bottom shelf of the oven for 10-12 minutes (or 50-60 minutes for a two-crust pie).


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.9mg