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There’s something celebratory about pies. It doesn’t matter whether they’re sweet or savory, fancy or simple. Homemade pies have a feeling about them that makes the moment special. They say, “I love you,” to anyone who eats them. That can even be true for the pies you bake for yourself.
If you're hard-pressed for time or in search of convenience, store-bought crusts make the pie-making process much easier. In this list, we’ve focused on providing a variety of the best crusts, so you can develop a wide-ranging repertoire to pull from when inspiration strikes.
There’s absolutely no shame in using a store-bought crust. The proof is in how it tastes, and these crusts do not fall down on the job. Here are the best store-bought pie crusts.
Graham cracker crusts are used in many classic American pie recipes. Graham crackers have been around since the late 1800s, but Honey Maid Grahams, which replaced the molasses in the original recipe with honey, were introduced by Nabisco in 1925 and have been beloved ever since. Made from the real Honey Maid Graham Cracker crumbs, these crusts feature whole grains and real honey. This package has three oven-ready shells in aluminum pans, awaiting your choice of filling. They can even be used in no-bake recipes.
For a different flavor and texture, try this ready-to-use walnut-based pie crust. With less flour and sugar than a traditional pie crust, its unique nutty flavor enhances both sweet and savory fillings. This product is made with Diamond walnuts, which are certified by the American Heart Association and verified by the Non-GMO Project. There is no corn syrup, processing aids, or artificial flavors, and the 12-pack is great if you're a frequent baker or preparing for a crowd.
There’s something nostalgic about making a pie with Oreo, a cookie beloved for more than 100 years. The Oreo is so famous that a street was named after it next to where it was first manufactured—in the building where The Chelsea Market now stands in New York City. Made from the original Oreo cookie, this ready-to-bake crust is great for any filling that goes with rich chocolate flavor. It is kosher, nut-free, and made with real cocoa.
These mini pre-made shells are a real time-saver. They come fully baked and ready to serve with fillings you’d use in a traditional pie or tart, like pudding, custard, cream cheese, fruit, and more. Whatever you choose, the final product will be substantially more flaky, buttery, and elegant than a regular pie or tart crust.
Athens Foods has been making phyllo dough since 1958, and is now the largest phyllo dough producer in the world. The measurements of these vegan shells are 1.75 x 0.75 inches, and each one holds 0.25 fluid ounces. There are 30 bite-sized shells in a pack.
This boxed kit for gluten-free pie crust was developed with award-winning chef Thomas Keller’s signature Cup4Cup flour, an all-natural replacement for all-purpose flour. All you need to do is add butter and water. The kit, which is produced in a certified gluten-free facility, also includes two packages of gluten-free flour for dusting to help you roll out the dough on your work surface.
The Immaculate Baking Company was started in a home kitchen in North Carolina in the 1990s and entered the mainstream when Chuck Williams of Williams Sonoma discovered it and placed its products in stores. These crusts are as easy as one, two, three: unroll, fill, and bake. One package includes two rolled and ready-to-make crusts for one 9-inch covered pie or two tarts. There are no bleached flours, artificial flavors, preservatives, or hydrogenated oils.
This 9-inch pie crust made from shortbread cookies really lifts any no-bake pie to a higher category of flavor—think cookies with pudding or any sweet filling you like. The Keebler Company, founded in Philadelphia in 1858, is well known for classic shortbread cookies, made, of course, by the “Keebler Elves." This crust can be used as-is or brushed with a beaten egg and baked to brown. It is also kosher pareve (meat- and dairy-free).
These two 9-inch crusts come frozen and ready to bake. Just defrost, top with a sweet or savory filling, and place in the oven. You can make two open-top pies or one with a top crust, perfect for pecan, pumpkin, chocolate, or chicken pot pie. These kosher crusts brown nicely and are a great staple to have around for quick inspiration.
These classic puff pastry shells are ready to bake and fill, saving an enormous amount of time, whether it’s for a special occasion or everyday baking. Sweet or savory fillings work well in these elegant square shells, which are best baked from frozen. They are vegan and come with six to a package.
This gluten-free pie crust is pre-made and goes right into the oven frozen. The Gefen brand has a reputation for high-quality kosher foods, and this pie crust is no exception. It can make pie-making less stressful, yet still every bit as delicious. Each package includes two ready-to-bake 9-inch crusts. These pie crusts are great to have on hand for Passover meals.
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Karen Resta is a writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She's also a former pastry chef and has traveled to Budapest, Kyiv, and Paris during their fashion weeks as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic pastries along the way. She now spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget. Having the right tools available and knowing how to use them well (it can take practice, like anything else) makes all the difference, and she curated this list with that in mind.