All Butter Pie Crust

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This homemade all butter pie crust recipe is easy to make with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes in a food processor or by hand. It’s the most delicious, flaky pie crust ever!

front view of a Butter Pie Crust in a lattice pattern baked

Homemade butter pie crust is so easy to make, and significantly more delicious than store-bought crusts.

It only takes 5 ingredient and 5 minutes to make the best butter pie crust you’ve ever eaten – flaky, buttery, slightly sweet and a little salty and 100% delicious!

Plus, when you make homemade pie crust, you skip all the undesirable ingredients (preservatives, etc.) in store-bought crusts and instead, make it with real, whole ingredients.

We will discuss in great detail how to make a butter pie crust that’s perfect for fruit pies (like this fresh peach pie, blueberry pie, etc.) and even pumpkin pie – and you will become a pie-crust-making expert.

overhead view of a pie with a Butter Pie Crust and a slice cut out with ice cream on top

Butter Pie Crust: Ingredients and Substitutions

overhead photos of the labeled ingredients in this All Butter Pie Crust recipe
  • All-purpose flour. Pastry flour works well in place of all-purpose flour in this pie crust recipe. Use a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Salted butter: Unsalted butter can be used in place of salted butter. For a dairy-free, vegan pie crust you can substitute vegan butter (like Earth balance) (which is what was used to make this dairy-free pumpkin pie)!
  • Granulated Sugar. white or organic cane sugar are great substitutes. If making a savory pie like chicken pot pie, you can omit if desired.
  • Sea Salt. I always recommend baking with pure sea salt. If you have iodized table salt, you may need to decrease the amount of salt.
  • Egg Wash. this is optional. Heavy cream can also be used in place of eggs, or a 1:1 mixture of the two.

Use cold ingredients

Cut the butter into chunks and put them in the freezer for 20-60 minutes before making the crust. Measure out one cup of cold water and put ice cubes in it, then use ½ cup in the recipe.

Cold ingredients results in pockets of cold butter in the dough, which makes the crust flaky.

front view of a piece of pie with a double crust Butter Pie Crust

How to Make Butter Pie Crust

I will show you how to make a pie crust, step-by-step, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Begin by placing the dry ingredients in the container of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Pulse to combine (about 5-10 seconds).

How to Make a Butter Pie Crust - dry ingredients in a food processor

Then, add the cold butter and water and process until the mixture holds together when pinched (15 to 30 seconds).

Make it By Hand

You can also mix the crust by hand in a large bowl with a pastry cutter or fork.

Both methods work well, and the benefit of both is that homemade pie crust is worlds tastier than anything you can buy in a store!

overhead photo showing How to Make Pie Crust with a pastry cutter

Next, turn the pie crust dough out onto a well-floured surface or into a large bowl and form it into a ball. Remember it’s important not to overwork the dough.

After you have one large ball of pie crust dough, cut it in half and form it into two circles that are the same size.

If your’e not great at eyeballing things, use a food scale. Weigh the whole batch of dough, divide that number in half and make sure each portion of dough weighs that amount.

Make two 1″ thick discs of dough. When making this double pie crust recipe it’s important to shape the dough into two discs about 1″ thick. This will make rolling it out much easier!

overhead photo showing How to Make Pie Crust - forming dough into two discs

Chill the Dough

Once you have two dough discs, individually wrap them in plastic wrap (tightly) and put them in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

If you are chilling the dough overnight or for a long period of time (more than 2 hours), I recommend putting the wrapped Butter Pie Crust dough into a plastic bag or another airtight container to ensure that it does not dry out.

two discs of How to butter Pie Crust wrapped in plastic wrap to chill

Form the Bottom Crust

Once you’re ready to bake the pie, preheat the oven and roll out the dough. You will need to remove the circles from the fridge, place them on a well-floured surface and let them sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes so they’re soft enough to roll (shorter if it’s a hot day).

Use a heavy rolling pin

I have had this marble rolling pin for 17 years and couldn’t live without it. It applies the perfect amount of pressure to the chilled crust to make it roll easily.

Tip: Measure the crust with a pie plate to make sure it fits with enough hanging over the sides to form a fluted edge.

photo showing how to measure the butter pie crust dough with the pie plate

Use a Pastry Cloth

I usually roll my pie crusts out on a pastry cloth. It makes transferring it from the counter to the pie dish so much easier. You can also use wax or parchment paper to roll out the crust if you do not have a pastry cloth!

overhead photo of a butter pie crust rolled out onto a pastry cloth

Once you have transferred the crust from the rolling surface to the pie dish, put in the the fridge to chill while you form the top crust.

Or, at this point you can blind bake the crust.

a butter pie crust in a pie plate before baking

If you want to make one all-butter crust to blind bake, you will need to halve the recipe. Or make two crusts.

To blind bake, line the homemade pie crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Then bake until golden-brown.

Form the Top Crust

Or, if you’re making a double-crust pie, form the top crust while the bottom chills in the fridge. If you want to make a lattice crust, watch the video for further instructions.

If you prefer to just have a solid piece of crust on the top (no fancy shapes), simply roll both of the crust circles in this way. Cut an “X” in top crust to vent the steam while baking.

Or, use pie crust cutters. I have a few sets of pie crust cutters from Williams Sonoma and love them! I also use fondant cut & press sets. Both work well to make pretty pie crust shapes to top your pies with!

butter pie crust rolled out and being cut to make a lattice top

Assemble the Pie

Once the pie filling of your choice is made, it’s time to complete this Flaky Homemade All Butter Pie Crust recipe!

Pour the filling into the bottom pie crust and then put the top crust over the filling.

Pinch the edges. Start by folding the crust and making a nice edge around the pie dish. Then, use your thumb and pointer finger to pinch the edges of the crust and make a nice design.

How to Make a Butter Pie Crust - assembled pie crust with lattice top and fluted edges

Use an Egg wash

Brushing an egg wash over the crust gives it a shiny, golden-brown finish. It’s not necessary but it is highly recommended!

Simply beat 1 egg yolk with 1 Tablespoon heavy cream.

egg wash in a bowl to make All Butter Pie Crust

Then, use a pastry brush to brush the crust gently with the egg before baking. If desired, sprinkle raw sugar over the egg wash for a nice sugary crispy finish.

overhead photo of a Butter Pie Crust in a lattice pattern before baking with an egg wash and raw sugar

Bake the Pie

Most butter pie crusts with filling are baked at a higher temperature in the beginning, and then after 20 minutes the temperature is decreased and baking continues. This helps bake the crust without it becoming soggy.

I suggest using one of our many pie recipes.

overhead view of a baked Butter Pie Crust with a slice cut out and ice cream on top

Butter Pie Crust Recipe FAQs

How do you blind bake a pie crust (without filling) to add a no-bake filling?

We use the same method to bake this butter pie crust if you are using it for a no-bake filling. Start by baking at a high temperature with pie weights inside, and after a while remove the weights and finish baking at a lower temperature. (See full instructions in the recipe card).

How do you protect Pie Crust from Burning?

Use a pie crust shield to protect the outer crust from burning. If you don’t have a pie crust, you can make one yourself by cutting a circle out of aluminum foil that covers the crust and fits the outer edge of the pie dish.
If you find that the center crust is browning too fast, create a loose-fitting “tent” out of aluminum foil and place it over the entire pie. This way the filling will continue baking and the browning of the crust will be slowed!

Can you make a pie crust with salted butter? 

YES! I do, all the time. Unsalted butter works too, however I prefer it to be saltier tasting because it compliments sweet pie filling so well!

How do you mix a pie crust? 

front view of a peach pie with a double Butter Pie Crust with a slice cut out and ice cream on top

Pie Crust Tools

There are a few tools that I consider essential in the pie crust-making process.

  1. Marble Rolling Pin: You will need to roll out the dough to achieve the perfect shape and thickness.
  2. Pastry Cloth: makes transferring the crust from rolling to the pie dish easy.
  3. Pie Crust Shield: In order to prevent the crust from burning I always use a pie crust shield. It’s way easier than cutting foil to fit your pan.
  4. Food Processor. Does all the hard work mixing.
  5. Pie weights. If you will be baking this pie crust by itself (without filling) then using pie weights helps the crust retain its shape.

Obviously you can make a crust without these things (well except for a rolling pin)…but if you anticipate there will be lots of pie-making in your future, I highly recommend checking these out!

overhead view of an unbaked pie with a pie crust shield protecting the outer Pie Crust

Pie Recipes

Here are some of my favorite pie recipes that use this easy pie crust recipe.

overhead view of a baked Butter Pie Crust with a slice cut out and ice cream on top

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Homemade Butter Pie Crust (Double Crusted Pie)

Laura
This homemade all butter pie crust recipe is easy to make with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes in a food processor or by hand. It's the most delicious, flaky pie crust ever!
4.97 from 30 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 238
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours

Ingredients 
 

Egg Wash (Optional)

Instructions 

Chill the Butter

  • Cut 1 cup of butter into ½”-1” cubes. Place on a nonstick surface and put in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.

Chill the Water

  • Measure out ½ cup cold water and add 2-3 ice cubes, set aside.

Make the Crust in a Food Processor:

  • Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade and pulse to combine.
  • Add the butter and cold water and process until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, begins to stick together, and holds together when pinched.
  • Remove dough from processor (will be crumbly) and form into two discs about 1” thick.
  • Wrap both dough circles in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.

Make the Crust by Hand

  • Place the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the chilled butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter, fork or your hands.
  • Add cold water and mix until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, begins to stick together, and holds together when pinched.
  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface (it will be crumbly) and form into two discs about 1” thick.
  • Wrap both dough circles in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.

Roll & Shape Bottom Crust

  • After the crust has chilled and you are ready to bake the pie, remove the pie crust dough from the refrigerator and roll one disc into a circle, about ¼ to ½ inches thick. (if it has been refrigerated overnight you will need to let it sit on the counter at room temperature until it is pliable).
  • Gently place the crust into pie plate and form it to look how you would like!
  • Place the crust in the pie dish in the refrigerator while you shape the top.

Roll and Shape Top Crust

  • Repeat the procedure with the top crust. If you would like the top crust to be a simple circle, add it to the top of your pie after putting the filling in the bottom crust and bake according to the recipe instructions.
  • If you would like to make the top shape into a design, use pie crust cutters, braid the dough for the edges, or make a lattice crust. Then place the crust on top of the pie and bake according to the instructions in your recipe.

Make the Egg Wash

  • Whisk together the egg yolk and heavy cream.
  • Lightly brush over the surface of the pie crust.

How to Blind Bake Pie Crust

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • After you have shaped the bottom crust (half of the recipe) into the pie dish, line the pie crust with foil and fill it with dried beans or pie weights.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven; remove the foil and the beans or weights. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F.
  • Bake 5 to 7 additional minutes, until the crust looks just barely browned. Let cool on a rack while you prepare the filling.

Bake Pie Crust Shapes Alone

  • Cut out desired shapes. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes depending on the thickness – until they just begin to brown.

Use in your favorite Pie Recipes

  • Or, do not bake the crust alone and use it in your favorite Pie Recipes.

Video

Notes

Ingredients and Substitutions
  • All-purpose flour. Pastry flour works well in place of all-purpose flour in this pie crust recipe. Use a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Salted butter: Unsalted butter can be used in place of salted butter. For a dairy-free, vegan pie crust you can substitute vegan butter (like Earth balance) (which is what was used to make this dairy-free pumpkin pie)!
  • Granulated Sugar. white or organic cane sugar are great substitutes. If making a savory pie like chicken pot pie, you can omit if desired.
  • Sea Salt. I always recommend baking with pure sea salt. If you have iodized table salt, you may need to decrease the amount of salt.
  • Egg Wash. this is optional. Heavy cream can also be used in place of eggs, or a 1:1 mixture of the two.
Blind Baking Pie Crust
If you need to blind-bake only a bottom crust, halve this recipe and follow the “blind baking” instructions in the recipe card. Alternatively, you can use this recipe to blind bake two pie crusts (in separate pie plates). 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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

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32 Comments

  1. I only have salted butter on hand right now. Do you think it would be ok to use that instead and maybe cut the amount of sea salt added to the recipe?

  2. Hello, I made pie crust for the first time today. I was so nervous but made it through thanks to your detailed recipe. My disks have been in the fridge since 12:30 pm. However, I was wondering if I can freeze them in order to make Thanksgiving pies next week. How do I do this?

  3. Hi! Where can I find the pie pan used in the photos? Do you not have to roll the edge with that kind? I have a hard time with that

  4. Scrolling throug this recipe was a delight,you are very entertaining writer,enjoyed the blog as much as I enjoyed the recipee!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us❤️

  5. I love this recipe, but I wish I didn’t have to scroll thru 5 pages just to get to the recipe. I ended up having to cut and paste, just so I didn’t have to scroll all the way thru every time my browser refreshed. If there was a “jump to recipe” button like on so many other sites, I wouldn’t have been bothered; but u didn’t see one. With that in mind, I doubt I’ll be checking out any other recipes of yours, which I’m sure are equally as good.

    1. Hey Jen! There is a print recipe button in the recipe card you can always print it or download the pdf. The reason I (and most other bloggers) can provide my recipes free to all my amazing readers is the revenue generated by scrolling. If that’s too much for you there are many other recipe sites out there! I put a lot of time and effort into making the best content with step by step instructions so my recipes turn out excellent for everyone who tries them. I also test each recipe dozens of times, many are recipes I have been making for over a decade (like this pie crust).

      1. 5 stars
        I haven’t made this particular receipe yet, but didn’t find it the least bit tedious scrolling thru… just finished making the dough and will let you know how it turns out! Which Im sure will be FABULOUS!!! Thanks for sharing all your tips!

  6. I loved the recipe! I used it for blueberry pie and my son didn’t even want to eat the blueberries because the crust was so tasty.
    I am using it for quiche and the recipe says to pre-bake it. The first attempt the sides totally just fell into the pan. Any suggestions on how to prevent that?

    1. Maybe you could sandwich the crust between two pie pans? The one on top would give support to the sides until they baked that way

  7. Made a cherry pie to take to a dinner & the crust was so quick and easy, and just filled in the am & cooked. Super easy and delish!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for a Christmas Apple pie and it came out to be so good. It was easy to shape it to my like, without crumbling or becoming flaky after baking. Thank you for the recipe.