Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust

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Flaky All-Butter Pie Crust — This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It’s EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It’s great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust - This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

Simple Pie Crust Recipe Made with Butter

I know that at times it can seem intimidating to make certain things from scratch, and I know that for many, pie crust is one of those things! 

My recipe for a pie crust made with butter is easy, no-fuss, and because it’s made in the food processor, it’s ready in mere minutes. Not to mention, no elbow grease required on your part!

Also included in this post are my tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts so that you yield the best and perfect pie crust that will certainly impress your friends and family. 

Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust - This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

All-Butter Pie Crust Ingredients

For this flaky butter crust recipe, all you need are these five basic pantry and fridge ingredients (since water doesn’t count as an ingredient):

  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar (optional) 
  • Unsalted butter
  • Ice water
  • Egg whites, for brushing

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

How to Make Pie Crust with Butter

It’s actually so easy to make an all-butter pie crust! Detailed instructions are given in the recipe card at the end of the post, but here’s an overview of the steps:

  1. Begin by adding some the flour, salt, and optional sugar (not necessary for a savory pie) to the canister of a large food processor and pulse once or twice to combine. 
  2. Add cubed COLD butter and pulse for 50 seconds until a paste forms. Break up the clumps evenly around the food processor.
  3. Add the remaining flour and pulse another 3 or 4 more times until you have pea-sized pieces. (See the photo below for reference!)
  4. Add some very cold water and pulse to combine before adding additional water if necessary if the mixture looks a bit dry, as shown below.
  5. Pulse two or three times until the dough comes together.
  1. Remove the dough, form a ball, and divide it into two equal portions.
  1. Roll each portion of dough into a ball and place it inside a piece of plastic wrap, wrap it tightly, and press down to form a thick disk. 
  2. Repeat with the second portion of dough.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then allow the disks to sit on the counter for 10 minutes before rolling them out.
Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust - This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust

If you are using a recipe that needs a blind bake (meaning baking just the crust before you add any filling into it), preheat the oven to 450°F.

To bake a single butter pie crust, roll the dough out slightly thicker than you normally would. 

Roll the crust up over the rolling pin, then gently unroll over the pie pan. Press it into the base of the pan. 

Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust - This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

Trim the crust one inch over the edge

Fold the extra crust under the edge to make the edges thicker. Then, using your first finger and thumb on one hand and a first finger on the other, press the dough with one finger into the middle of the other two fingers. This gently creates a ridge around the crust.

There are many ways to edge the crust.

Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust - This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

If you have time, refrigerate the pie plate with the pie crust in it for 30 minutes or so. This creates a flakier crust in the final analysis because the cold butter behaves differently during the baking process.

Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust - This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

Cover the bottom with aluminum foil and fill with dry beans or pie weights if you have them. This will prevent the pie from bubbling up in the middle. 

Additionally, you can also prick the bottom of the crust with a fork a few times.

Bake for 15 minutes, then brush with egg whites

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes and then fill with your favorite pie filling or carry on with whatever pie recipe you were making, such as my Fresh Strawberry Pie or Rhubarb Berry Pie.

Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust - This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!

Recipe FAQs

What does butter do in pie crust?

Pie crust made with butter is FLAKY! As the cold pieces of butter melt in the oven, they release steam. Those pockets of steam within the pie crust are what make it super flaky! Plus, butter has more flavor that shortening and I simply prefer the flavor of a flaky, buttery pie crust.

Can I Use a Butter Substitute in This Recipe? 

No, real butter only for this flaky pie crust recipe. And make sure it’s very cold. 

Should You Use Salted or Unsalted Butter to Make Pie Crust?

I prefer to use unsalted butter and add 1 teaspoon of salt when making an all-butter pie crust. While theoretically salted butter could work, your crust may end up turning out too salty because you’re not in control of just how much salt is in those two sticks of butter. Salted butter can really vary in its saltiness from brand to brand.Homemade golden pie crust in a clear dish with the caption "easy flaky buttery pie crust.

What’s the Best Flour for Making Pie Crust?

All-purpose flour is the only flour that I know for sure will work in this recipe. I don’t recommend using any other flour. I can’t say if gluten-free flour that’s intended for baking in a cup-for-cup fashion will work or not. Don’t use whole wheat flour since it won’t behave the same as all-purpose. 

If you have a scale, weigh your flour. You need 2.5 cups, or 12.5 ounces, to make this buttery, flaky pie crust. 

Is a Food Processor Required to Make Pie Crust?

Using a food processor is much easier for making pie crust. Your hands will warm the butter and can make the dough too soft, which is why it’s easier to make the dough in the food processor. It comes together in mere minutes. If you don’t have a food processor, it’s better to use a fork or a pastry cutter rather than your bare hands. Again, you don’t want to warm the butter! Golden-brown all-butter pie crust in a glass dish, advertised as easy and flaky.

Can I Use a Blender to Make Pie Crust? 

No, don’t use a blender or a high-speed blender like a Vita-Mix since they use a different mixing action than a food processor.

How Many Crusts Does This Recipe Make?

This butter pie crust recipe will make enough dough for two pies baked in a standard 9- to 9.5-inch glass pie plate. Or, use the recipe for one 9-inch pie with a double crust.

Why should your butter be cold when making pie crust?

Very cold ice water and very cold butter will help the dough come together and stay together.

How to Store Pie Dough

The raw pie dough will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Let it sit out on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes before rolling it out and baking it. 

Can Pie Crust Be Frozen? 

Yes, raw pie dough can be wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw it fully before rolling it out. I recommend placing it in the fridge overnight to thaw. 

Tips for the Best All-Butter Pie Crust

Gluten is the enemy of a good pie crust. To help with this, flour is added in stages and the butter will get coated with the addition of flour.  This encapsulates the flour and keeps the gluten from doing its work.

Make sure not to over work or pulse the mixture too much or the gluten will start working, thus creating a tougher, denser crust that is chewier rather than flaky and light. When making bread, you want to work that dough to activate the gluten, which creates a chewy texture which is great for bread, but the opposite is true for pie crust.

Refrigerating the pie crust before rolling and then again after it is in the pie dish for about 30 minutes will make for a better, flakier, lighter crust because the cold butter will help create flaky little air pockets when the crust bakes.

Brushing egg whites over the baked crust and baking again for a couple of minutes will help seal the crust to keep it from getting soggy when you add the filling.

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Easy Flaky All Butter Pie Crust

By Averie Sunshine
This perfect pie crust is so FLAKY and BUTTERY! It's EASY, no-fuss, and foolproof! It's great pre-baked to use in no-bake pies or for double-crust pies!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 44 minutes
Servings: 2 crusts
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Ingredients  

  • 2 ½ cups 12 ½ ounces all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, optional (omit for savory pies)
  • 1 cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon slices
  • 5- 7 tablespoons very cold ice water
  • 2 tablespoons egg whites, lightly beaten for brushing on the crust

Instructions 

Making the Crust:

  • To the canister of a large food processor, combine 1 ½ cups flour, salt, sugar and pulse 1 or 2 times to combine. 
  • Add the sliced butter cubes to the food processor and pulse for approximately 50 seconds, or until a paste forms. Break up and distribute the clumps evenly around the processor canister.
  • Add in the remaining 1 cup flour and pulse another 3 or 4 more times until the flour is in approximately pea-sized pieces. 
  • Add 5 tablespoons of water and pulse combine. 
  • Optionally, add the remaining 2 tablespoons water and pulse 2 or 3 times. Do not add this additional water if your dough has already come together and seems sufficiently moist.
  • Remove the dough and form a ball. 
  • Divide the dough into two equal portions.
  • Roll each portion into a ball and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. 
  • Press down to form a thick disk. Repeat with the second portion of dough.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour, then allow to sit on the counter for 10 minutes before rolling out for the crust.

Blind Baking the Crust:

  • If you are using a recipe that needs a blind bake (baking the crust first before adding any filling), preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • To bake a single crust, roll the dough out slightly thicker than you normally would. 
  • Roll the crust up over the rolling pin, then gently unroll over the pie pan. 
  • Press it into the base of the pie pan. 
  • Trim the crust 1-inch over the edge. 
  • Fold the extra crust under the edge to make the edges thicker. 
  • Then using your first finger and thumb on one hand and a first finger on the other, press the dough
    with one finger into the middle of the other two fingers gently creating a ridge around the crust. This is an easy way to edge the crust but note there are many ways to edge crust.
  • Optionally, if you have time, return the pie dish with the crust in it to the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to chill once again. This will produce an even flakier, lighter crust because of how the cold butter in the dough will behave in the hot oven.
  • Cover the dough with aluminum foil and fill with dry beans or pie weights if you have them. This will prevent the pie from bubbling up in the middle.  Additionally, you can also prick the bottom of the crust with a fork a few times before covering with foil and adding the dry beans.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then brush with egg whites. 
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. This helps set the crust.
  • Fill with your favorite pie filling.

For Recipes That Don't Require Blind-Baking:

  • Roll out the dough to approximately 12-inches in diameter.
  • Roll the crust up over the rolling pin, then gently unroll over the pie pan. 
  • Press it into the base of the pie pan. 
  • Trim the crust 1-inch over the edge. 
  • Fold the extra crust under the edge to make the edges thicker. 
  • Then using your first finger and thumb on one hand and a first finger on the other, press the dough
    with one finger into the middle of the other two fingers gently creating a ridge around the crust. This is an easy way to edge the crust but note there are many ways to edge crust.
  • Fill with your favorite pie filling

For Pies Requiring a Double Crust:

  • If you're baking a classic apple or cherry pie for example, or another type of double-crusted pie, proceed with likely blind baking the crust
  • Add the filling.
  • Rolling out the second crust to approximately 12-inches in diameter.
  • Roll the crust up over the rolling pin, then gently unroll over the top of the pie pan. 
  • Trim the crust 1-inch over the edge. 
  • Then using your first finger and thumb on one hand and a first finger on the other, press the dough
    with one finger into the middle of the other two fingers gently creating a ridge around the crust. This is an easy way to edge the crust but note there are many ways to edge crust.
  • Vent the pie in the center with a paring knife by making a few slits for the hot steam and air to escape. Alternatively, you can research online how to make pretty design cutouts with a paring knife.

Notes

Crust Make-Ahead and Storage Options:
  • You can make the crust in advance and it will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Let it sit out on the counter for a bit before rolling out.
  • Alternatively, you can make the crust in advance and it will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 3
    months. Thaw before rolling.
Please note that the Nutritional Information provided is provided purely as a courtesy. Being that this recipe makes two 9 to 9.5-inch pie crusts, and if one pie crust makes or serves approximately 8 slices of pie, two crusts make 16. However, if you're making a double-crust pie, then the stats provided double in value.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 81kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 136mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the easiest butter crust I’ve ever made. I used almost frozen butter and a little more ice water than called for so I can roll it out but I’ll be making this for all of my pies!!

  2. I’m using this for pasties….but I’m not a seasoned dough maker this is actually my first time.  What is the cooking temp when no blink bake is needed?

    1. Everything is really well outlined in the recipe card section of the recipe including baking times and temps. But if you’re not blind baking the crust, you would bake your pie at whatever temp the recipe of the pie calls for such as 350F for an apple pie or a coconut cream pie.

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I always learn so much on your site. Thanks for all the extra tips!