Pie Crust That’s Fail Proof & Flaky Every Single Time!

Pie Crust Secrets!

Have you always wanted to try your hand at a homemade pie crust but were too intimidated?  I’ve been able to perfect a simple pie crust that’s flaky and incredible.  Every. Single. Time.  You can’t mess this one up, and with only four ingredients, you’ll be a pie crust super star …..

Fail Proof Pie Crust That's Flaky Every Single Time

How to make Pie Crust

The ingredients and instructions for a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->>>

You’ll add flour and salt together with just the right amount of shortening and very cold water.   You’ll have a dough ball that will divide into two pie crusts.  It’s very easy – I promise.

That’s all folks!

Here’s your printable recipe cards of how to make homemade pie crust:

Pie Crust: Fail Proof & Flaky!
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup shortening
  • ½ Cup water
  1. Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a fork or pastry blender until you have coarse crumbs. Add water a bit at a time and mix until a ball is formed. Divide in half and wrap each in plastic wrap for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Roll out dough on floured surface. Don't overwork or get too thin. Roll out the size of pie pan.
For Thanksgiving and Christmas, I use one crust as the bottom of a pie for apple pie and the top, then I use a bottom crust for a homemade pecan pie. I love this time of year!

Pie Crust & To-Dos


Today is about buying any fresh foods you have on your Thanksgiving menu and making the pie crust needed for Turkey Day pies!  Aren’t you glad I just showed you how easy it is?

Go ahead and work on cleaning two more rooms today that need it.  Also, gather together any board games and outdoor game supplies for the fun times after the Thanksgiving meal.  Be sure to print out the Thanksgiving Kiddo printables I have for you too.

That’s all for today, friend.  Remember – you are not going to stress about the Thanksgiving turkey!  If you have the holiday blues, maybe THIS post will help.

Don’t you love this time of year where pie crust abounds?

Fail Proof Pie Crust That's Flaky Every Single Time

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  1. November 22, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I have never made a great pie crust. My mom was the queen of the apple pie! I may have to try again! This looks doable 🙂

  2. November 22, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Making my own crust was always scary! I will have to try this though! Thanks!

  3. November 22, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I’ve never made pie crust before.. I usually just buy it from the store. I’ve saved this for future use- if I get brave enough to try it.

  4. November 23, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Homemade pie crust has always been problematic for me. There is definitely some technique involved in combining the ingredients without overworking the dough. Thanks for sharing both the helpful tips as well as the recipe. I intend to use BOTH this Thanksgiving!

  5. November 23, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I’m all about fail proof recipes! totally pinning this for later 🙂

  6. November 26, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Great simple pie crust recipe. I do an all-butter crust but am tempted to give shortening a try. Thanks for sharing!

  7. March 15, 2017 / 7:27 am

    I will have to try this. I don’t make pie to often (really, it usually just in the fall after apple picking), but when I do I’m all about home made crust.
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  8. March 15, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Homemade pie crust is the BOMB! I’ve pinned to try this later, thanks for the recipe!

  9. Kathryn
    March 18, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    I love how simple this recipe is. It looks absolutely delicious.

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