Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

Tender, buttery and full of flavor, this easy, flaky pie crust recipe calls for just 3 ingredients.

  • Author: Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pie crust 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, cold
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water, cold


  1. Cube the butter into one inch pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, cut the cold butter into the flour using a pastry cutter until butter is chunky (pea-sized) and well-coated.
  3. Add 1/4 cup cold water and massage into the dough with hands.
  4. Add water a few tablespoons at a time (up to an additional 1/4 cup) until a shaggy dough forms.
  5. Wrap your dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Fold the dough in thirds, pulling the short sides in.
  8. Roll into another large rectangle and fold into thirds using the opposite sides.
  9. Repeat the rolling out and folding step one more time.
  10. Wrap and refrigerate for later or use immediately.


    • Keep everything cold: Cold ingredients are what lead to a deliciously flaky crust, so make sure you're working with cold butter, cold water and cold dough.

    • Underwork rather than overwork: If you're unsure, it's always better to air on the side of underworking your pie crust rather than overworking it. You can work it more if you need to but you can't undo overworking.


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