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Easy Homemade Pie Crust

  • Author: Leslie Jeon
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pie crusts 1x


Buttery, flaky homemade pie crust made with just four ingredients! This is my go-to recipe for every single pie that I make. 


  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup (226g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup (114g) ice water 


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt.
  2. Then, use a pastry cutter to cut in the cold unsalted butter until it is lentil-sized (you still want some small chunks of butter to be visible). If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can also do this using a food processor.
  3. Pour in the ice water (just the water — no ice!) and mix until just combined. If the dough is still crumbly, add in more water a tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together but is not overly sticky to the touch. 
  4. Form the dough into two equal-sized disks and wrap each one individually with plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least two hours or up to two days. You can also freeze the pie dough for up to two months. 
  5. At this point, you can use the pie crust in any recipe as needed. Each crust will be large enough for a 9-inch pie pan. 


  • Butter: If you have some flakes of butter in the dough, don't be worried! That is completely normal, and when the butter melts in the oven, it will create that beautiful, flaky taste. 
  • Freezing Instructions: You can freeze the pie dough for up to 2 months. When you'd like to use it, simply thaw it in the fridge overnight before using it for any recipe. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pie crust, homemade pie crust, pie