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All-Butter Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

This pie crust is made with butter for a flaky and tender pastry with a rich flavor that pairs well with both sweet and savory fillings.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pie crust recipe
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter frozen
  • 6-7 tablespoons ice cold water
  • Pie filling of choice
  • 1 beaten egg for the glaze optional


  • In a large bowl, combine flour with the salt.
  • Grate the frozen butter on top of the flour mixture, and toss until the butter is evenly distributed.
  • Stir in 4 tablespoons of the ice water. Then add additional ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until the dough starts to clump together.
  • Divide and shape the pie dough into two discs, wrap, and chill in the refrigerator. While pastry is chilling, prepare the filling.
  • Preheat your oven according to your recipe.
  • Remove the chilled pie pastry from the refrigerator.
  • On a lightly floured surface, flatten one ball of dough with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to fit your pie plate, about 12-inches in diameter.
  • Place the pastry into the pie plate carefully without stretching the dough. Add the filling, and brush around the outer edge of the pastry with water or the beaten egg.
  • Roll out the top pastry and place on top of the filling. Fold the top crust under the bottom crust and pinch or flute the edges.
  • Glaze by brushing with the beaten egg if desired. If you prefer a shiny crust, brush with milk. If you want a sugary crust, brush with egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Cut vent holes.
  • Following your pie recipe, bake in a preheated oven until the pastry is golden brown.
  • Remove the pie from oven and let it cool at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Makes 1 pie, about 8 servings.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.9g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 15.7g | Saturated Fat: 9.8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: -26g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg