All-Butter Pie Crust

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Makes a single pie crust
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter diced and chilled
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ice water


  1. Make sure your butter is diced and cold before starting. Make sure you’re using ice water also.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in food processor. Pulse once to mix. 
  3. Add butter and process until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of water and pulse, a few times. Add a second tablespoon of water and pulse until the dough forms a ball. This takes a few seconds. If you find your mixture is too dry, you can add another tablespoon of water, one teaspoon at a time. 
  5. Turn the dough out onto a silicone baking mat, if you have one. If you don’t, you’ll need to flour your surface. Press the dough ball into a disk and roll to about 1/4″ thickness. If it sticks to the rolling pin, place a sheet of wax paper on top of the dough so you don’t have to add more flour. Be sure to flip and rotate your dough as you go so it does not stick to your surface. Roll out the dough to a few inches larger than your pie plate (about 12″ for a 9″ pie plate).
  6. Place in pie plate and press to fit. Tuck under any overhang and crimp or use the tines of a fork to decorate the edges. Chill for at least 20 minutes before baking.
  7. To bake, set oven at 400 and bake for about 15 minutes.

Good directions on how to bake crust at