All Butter Pie Crust

This all butter pie crust recipe requires just 5 ingredients and is made in your food processor. It’s so easy to prep and comes together in no time!

All Butter Pie Crust From Scratch

In the past, I have had many failures when attempting to make a perfect pie crust. My homemade pie crust attempts often resulted in a dough that was too sticky, too dry, or full of cracks. Purchasing frozen pie crusts isn’t really my style and I love to eat pie, so I pressed forward and kept trying.

A few years ago, I finally learned how to make a great — no, perfect — all butter pie crust recipe. Making homemade pie crust with butter is easier than you’d think and you wind up with a wonderfully buttery, flaky pie crust every single time.

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All Butter Pie Crust Ingredients

This pie crust made with butter requires very few ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make a flaky pie crust:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ice water

How to Make Pie Crust From Scratch

Sift together the dry ingredients, then add to a food processor along with the cold cubed butter. Pulse the ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse sand, then slowly add in the ice water and continue pulsing until a crumbly dough forms.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and split in two. Wrap each dough ball in plastic wrap, then freeze for 30 minutes.

Once chilled, roll each dough ball out until roughly 12 inches in diameter. Transfer to a pie plate, then fill with your desired pie filling and top with the second crust, if desired.

cranberry apple pie with crumb topping

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Can I Prep This Butter Pie Crust in Advance?

If you’re trying to save time during the busy holiday season, you can make this pie crust recipe with butter a day or two ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the pie. Just let it sit out on the counter for about 10 minutes before you roll it out.

Can You Freeze Pie Crust?

Yes, this all butter pie crust can be frozen. To freeze, wrap the homemade pie crust in a few layers of plastic wrap, then freeze. Frozen pie dough will last up to 3 months if frozen properly. When you’re ready to use the frozen pie crust, place in the fridge overnight to thaw and then roll it out as you normally would.

Tips for the Best All Butter Pie Crust

Keep Things Cold

Refrigerate all of the ingredients for your pie crust before beginning your recipe. Pockets of cold butter within the homemade pie crust are what make it so deliciously flaky. Use very cold, even frozen, butter and iced cold water in your pie crust recipes. You can also chill your flour prior to use.

Use a Food Processor

While a food processor isn’t necessary to make a perfectly flaky pie crust, I love my food processor and I’m convinced that it is what lead to my eventual success. It works so beautifully this way because it makes it simple to get little bits of butter evenly distributed throughout the flour mixture.

However, you can use a set of butter knives or a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour if you don’t have a food processor to work with. Just make sure that the bits of butter are small and evenly distributed (the butter bits should be pea sized).

Don’t Overwork

One of the reasons I like to make food processor pie crusts is that the food processor keeps my very warm hands away from the chilled pie crust dough. Heat will warm the ingredients and melt the bits of butter.

Work the dough until just moist and combined and don’t over handle. Over handling will lead to a tough pie crust from scratch.

Recipes That Use Butter Pie Crust:

This Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Pie has an irresistible crumble topping that my family loves.

Want to shake things up a bit this Thanksgiving? Make this Cranberry Pecan Pumpkin Tart instead of your usual pumpkin pie. Your family will love you for it!

These Mini Cranberry Walnut Tarts are a great option for holiday parties. They’re so easy to make, and you don’t need any utensils to eat them.

Did you know you can make savory dishes with this all butter pie crust recipe? This Chard, Bacon, and Gouda Quiche is a crowd pleaser every time I make it.

What are your tips for making a perfect pie crust?

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Perfect All Butter Pie Crust

Perfect All Butter Pie Crust

Yield: 2 standard pie crusts
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Crust Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This All Butter Pie Crust recipe is the best recipe for delicious, flaky, pie crusts.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) very cold unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

  1. Cube the butter into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Place them on a freezer-safe plate or cutting board and freeze until very firm, approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt, and sugar.
  4. Add the flour mixture to a food processor (10 to 12 cup size) along with the butter.
  5. Pulse the ingredients until the butter is cut into coarse crumbs.
  6. Add the ice cold water 2 tablespoons at a time while pulsing the food processor until the mixture becomes a crumbly dough and forms together.
  7. On an un-floured surface, turn the dough out and shape it into two circles (I use a kitchen scale to make sure they're evenly sized), approximately 6" in diameter, kneading as little as possible (pockets of butter are what keep the crust flaky and tender).
  8. Dust both sides of each circle with a bit of flour and wrap in plastic wrap.
  9. Freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for an hour.
  10. Remove the dough from the refrigerator or freezer.
  11. Set it aside while you dust the work surface and rolling pin with flour.
  12. Unwrap one dough circle and roll with a rolling pin until the dough has formed a circle about 12" in diameter and slightly thicker than 1/8 inch.
  13. When the dough is the proper size, wrap it gently around the rolling pin to transfer to the pie plate.
  14. Press the dough into the 9" pie plate and shape the edges according to your desired design.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1 slice pie
Amount Per ServingCalories 78 Total Fat 1g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 2mg Sodium 133mg Carbohydrates 15g Fiber 1g Sugar 0g Protein 2g
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