Homemade Pie Crust Dough
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and you'll have the most tender and flaky pie crust to use for any recipe!
This recipe is for ONE pie crust.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • Ice cold water about three to four tablespoons
  1. Combine the flour and salt together.
  2. Using a pastry blender or two forks combine the shortening into the flour until it looks like cornmeal.
  3. Using a fork, add the water one tablespoon at a time and incorporate the water into the flour/shortening mixture.
  4. Keep adding the water, one tablespoon at a time, and keep stirring until the dough begins to come together, pulling away from the sides of the bowl and forming a ball of dough.
  5. Remove the ball of dough from your bowl and shape it into a flat disc.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour before using.
Recipe Notes

I like to have a bowl of water with ice cubes in the refrigerator ready to use once the shortening and flour is combined completely. That way I know the water is as cold as it can be. You want very cold water for a flaky pie crust.