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Best Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

Best Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

If you are looking for a from scratch pie crust recipe that is easy, foolproof and downright melt-in-your mouth then here ya go!!

Pie are ALWAYS in season…apple pie, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate pie. (OMG I can so relate to Forrest Gump’s friend, Bubba right now)  So many pie possibilities I’m smiling just thinking about it. (I really am smiling right now by the way)

A good pie must first start with a good pie crust! Most homemade, from scratch pie crust recipes I’ve tried are pretty bland, which probably isn’t the recipes fault. Pie crusts are usually boring in order not to compete with the pie itself. Understable. Not agreeing but understandable.

However, I’m a sucker for a scratch- made pie crust that is buttery tasting (yes pie crust should always be made with REAL butter in my book!), tender and just makes you wanna keep pinching lil pieces of crust off the edge to eat. You know what I’m talking about? Oh Oh Oh and it also has to be EASY and fool proof because it is no secret that I suck am still learning how to make breads and thangs from scratch.

I honestly can’t tell you when was the last time I’ve purchased a store-bought pie crust.  Now that I know how to make an incredible homemade pie crust I’ve actually gotten a little uppity when it comes to store-bought crust. I don’t like there odd color or the smell of it’s fake, processed ingredients. Butter, sugar, flour and salt. Yes that’s what makes a REAL pie crust. Oh wait…this recipe has butter Crisco in it…um…. Ok so ONE questionable ingredient doesn’t count! (p.s I will still nail a store bought pie crust because I’m greedy, but that doesn’t mean I would buy it myself!)

I call this recipe The Best Homemade Pie Crust  because well… I have yet to taste a homemade crust with this much flavor yet still remains subtle. Yes, it knows it’s place. It compliments any pie beautifully and that makes it perfect!

One of my readers told me that if you substitute the cold water for cold half n half it takes the curst to whole different level of yumminess! Well she didn’t use those words but I’m soooooo ready to try it out and see!! Thanks so much to whoever sent me that tip! I’ll update this post once I try the halfnhalf method

Best Homemade, From Scratch Pie Crust 

Watch me make this homemade pie crust recipe from start to finish


Best Homemade Pie Crust Recipe
Serves: makes 2 crusts
  • (makes 2 9-inch crusts)
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of cold butter, chopped in
  • pieces
  • ½ cup cold butter-flavored shortening
  • ½ cup ice cold water (add more by the tablespoon if the dough is too dry)
  1. Step 1.) In a large bowl combine, flour, sugar, salt. Whisk until combined
  2. Step 2.) Cut in the butter and Crisco. Until it resembles large crumbs.
  3. Step 3.) Add in cold water, stir gently just until combined.
  4. Step 4.) Gently shape the dough into a flattened disc. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Step 5.) Divide the dough into two balls. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface.
  6. Step 6.) Place into the pie plate. The crust is now ready for a filling.


  1. Hey Diva! Love your recipes, thanks for sharing!! I want to pre make this crust and have it in the fridge for superbowl Sunday. Would you recommend rolling it out and then up in wax paper? How would you store it/ I dont want to wreck myself before the big game.
    Thank You!!

  2. Peach… love your demonstrative videos, recipes and most of all your tender wit and kind disposition.. i look forward to viewing every single video. this not only teaches me a new recipe but enlightens me on my own.


  3. pecan is my favorite pie

  4. I have all the ingredients except the shortening can I leave that out

  5. I made this today, but I would love the complete recipe. I only see the ingredients listed above. Am I missing something. I’m kinda legally blind.

  6. Hi monique! I love your recipes, so easy to follow and yet they turn out to be so delicious. What can i use in replacement for shortening? Thank you

  7. I just put a peach and apple pie in the oven using this crust recipe. It was my very first time ever making a pie crust from scratch and I’ve been married with 4 children for 16 years. Not embarrassed to say that but I sure do have a lot of catching up to do. I’ve made several of your recipes. I have made the cabbage side dish twice this week alone. Thank you for cooking for us:):)

  8. This pie crust is delicious as you said. I did use buttermilk instead of water. Absolutely, my ‘go to’ pie crust from now on. Thanks for sharing….. blessings!

  9. Please make a yummy cherry pie!

  10. Hey Monique,

    What should I do if my dough came out sticky? I think I added too much water :(


  11. Well, you are just as cute as can be, and this was so much fun to watch! I was just googling sweet potato pie recipes, since that’s what I want to contribute to dinner on Thur. & I no longer have the recipe my husband used, and I came across yours. You make it look easy and fun, and your process seems very much traditional. I hadn’t even considered trying to make the crust myself, but now it seems silly to buy one! I’m going to enjoy this. Thanks so much! :o)

  12. This will be my first pie crust from scratch! I was nervous to try it, but after watching your video I think I can do it! I am excited! =)

  13. Chocolate pie from scratch demands a great buttery crust.

  14. I make this crust all the time, I get request more then enough for sweet potato pie, I just smile when they ask me whats is in this crust. This is truly the very best crust and so very simple. I am amazed at how simple it is. yummy!!!

  15. Monique, I have watched several of your vids now and LOVE watching your BEAUTIFUL hands doing these works of ~LOVE~! I made the sweet potato casserole for T-day and it is MARVELOUS!! I gave us making pie crust a long time ago, but will try again, knowing that YOU EMPOWER US, also, to do GREAT things!! Please keep up the WONDERFUL work of sharing and empowering!!

  16. yes this is a different crust recipe.

  17. Thank you for your informative videos! I have a question about this recipe. On the video, you used an egg in the crust for the sweet potato pie. Is this a different recipe?

  18. This pie crust is really good!! I've made it a few times with the Peach Cobbler recipe and it is amazing. I will use it today with a Pecan Pie.

    Thanks Diva!

  19. You know, I've been looking for a pie crust to use. I really suck at this part, so I'm hoping this might help a girl out…lol!

    BTW….I used your recipe and made your baked mac and cheese last week using, of all things, a mexican cheese blend, and a english cheddar cheese I had left over in my fridge. OMG! That turned out to be the BEST baked mac and cheese I'd ever had!!

    Wonderful recipe!!



  20. sweet potato pie!! I'm gonna try your recipe for thanksgiving!

  21. Hell Notes for Beauty™

    Love how simple this is!

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