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Mom's Best Pie Crust

This pie crust is simple but wonderfully flaky and delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, dessert, pie, pie crust
Servings: 2 crusts
Author: Dawn of Cooking


  • Rolling Pin
  • Bowl
  • Food Processor
  • Pie Plate


  • 1.5 Sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons Vegetable Shortening 8 T. equals 1/2 Cup
  • 6-8 Tablespoons Ice Water


  • Into a bowl measure flour, salt and sugar.
  • Drop shortening into the bowl with the flour into small pieces and place in freezer to chill
  • On a large plate cut up butter into little squares and cover with saran wrap and place in freezer to chill
  • First Step: Place contents of flour bowl into your food processor
  • Pulse a few times to mix
  • If you don't have a food processor just mix together with a fork.
  • Next Step: Add Butter and pulse until the butter is the size of small peas.
  • If you don't have a food processor just mix breaking up the butter with a fork.
  • Third Step: Very slowly add the ice water in until the dough is just sticking together.
  • Divide dough in half into a ball and wrap in Saran wrap.
  • With your rolling pin flatten the ball and place in refrigerator to chill.
  • When chilled roll each crust out. Place one in the pie plate and fill. Roll out the second one placing on top and fluting the edges.
  • Bake for the specified time for your particular pie.
  • ENJOY!