How to Make the Best Pie Dough

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 crusts 1x


A step by step tutorial on How to Make the Best Pie Dough with photos, troubleshooting and more.



  • 3 cups of all purpose
  • 1 cup of cold, unsalted butter*
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 68 tbsp of ice cold water*


  1. Place the butter in the freezer 5 mins before using.
  2. Fill a glass or bowl with ice water. Let chill.
  3. Measure out dry ingredients. Mix.
  4. Cube butter. Add it to dry mixture.
  5. Incorporate with a food processor, pastry cutter or fork until pea-sized crumbs form.
  6. Add water 1 tbsp at a time until dough pulls together.
  7. Divide the dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap.
  8. Refrigerate 20 mins.
  9. Let dough come to room temp, roll out.
  10. Lay crust into pie plate.
  11. Refrigerate again.
  12. For recipes that call for a cooked pie shell ONLY: bake for 20-25 mins at 375 degrees, with pie weights, rice or beans inside so it doesn’t puff up.


  • can sub ghee or coconut oil for the butter. measure it first, and then place in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to harden.
  • can also sub buttermilk for the water.
  • You need at least a 7 cup food processor for this to work in a food processor.

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