Basic Butter Pie Crust

Pie pastry in the pan

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 pie crust = 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
155 Calories
13g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 pie crust = 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 178mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 27mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a basic pie pastry made with chilled butter and shortening. Put the cut-up butter and shortening in the freezer for about 15 minutes before you begin the pie.

The recipe makes enough for one crust, and it is easily doubled for a two-crust pie or two single crust pies.


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water (ice cold)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the butter and shortening into small pieces and put it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before you begin.

  2. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl; sift again. Cut in the chilled butter and shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until the fat is the size of small peas. Add 3 tablespoons of ice water and stir with a fork. Add more ice water, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon at a time, until the dough begins to clump together.

  3. As soon as it is moist enough to gather into a ball, shape the dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Handle the dough as little as possible. Roll the chilled pastry dough out on a floured surface to about 1/8-inch in thickness. The pastry should be about 1 1/2 inches larger than the pie plate.

  5. The recipe makes enough for one crust. Double the recipe for a double crust pie or two single crust pies.

For a Blind Baked Crust

  1. If a recipe calls for a pre-baked or blind-baked crust, line the pastry with foil or parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Reduce the heat to 375 F and bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and foil and continue baking for about 12 to 15 minutes longer. 

  2. Place on a wire rack to cool and then fill as recipe directs.