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As the holidays quickly approach, so does pie season! There is nothing more scrumptious than homemade pie. The real difference between a delicious pie, and an absolute knock-out pie is definitely a homemade pie crust! When the crust tastes just as delicious as the pie, there isn’t a bite left on the plate.

Pie crust making is easy too. With just four ingredients, anyone can make it in a matter of minutes. Then, let it cool, and you have easy, delicious, flaky, buttery, homemade pie crust! Fill it with your favorite pie filling, and it will be a crowd pleaser for anyone.

What four ingredients do you need?

  1. 1 cup of flour
  2. 1/8 tsp of salt
  3. 1/4 cup of cold water
  4. 1/2 cup of butter, shortening or lard


This is seriously the easiest recipe, so please, whenever someone says homemade, I know there are people out there that seem intimidated. But here goes…

Step 1:

Combine all four ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Pie Crust Ingredients

Step 2:

Mix on medium until all ingredients form a dough that is similar to cookie dough.

Pie Dough

Step 3:

Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.

Step 4:

Once chilled, form into a ball and begin rolling out evenly to form a pie crust.

Perfect Pie Dough

This recipe makes one pie crust. If you want to make a top pie crust for an apple or berry pie, simply double the recipe. The dough is easy to work with as long as it stays cold and cooks up perfectly into a light, flaky, buttery crust!

Pie CrustFiniched

If you need more guidance on perfecting your pie crust recipe, then please read my tips; these will help you get the perfect crust if something in this easy recipe is just not quite right. Although, honestly, I doubt it. This recipe is delicious and will not disappoint.

*Quick Note – if you only have salted butter one hand, just omit the salt and it will turn out just fine!

Simply Delicious Pie Crust

If you're looking for a really simple and really delicious pie crust recipe, look no further! This four ingredient recipe is sure to please everyone.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pie crust, handmade pie crust, holiday pie, homemade pie crust, pie crust
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 Pie
Author Elizabeth


  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Shortening or Lard
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt


  1. Combine all 4 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Mix on medium, with a hand mixture, until pie dough has the consistency of cookie dough.

  3. Cover and chill in your refrigerator for 1 hour.

  4. Once chilled, dough is ready to be rolled for a pie. Place dough in the center of about 1 tbsp of flour and roll evenly until thin enough to place in a pie pan. Cook as directed for the pie you are making. 

Recipe Notes

*Dough will yield one pie crust. In order to make a pie top, double the recipe. Cook pie crust as directed by whatever pie recipe you will be using. Each pie will have different directions. 

*For additional pie crust recommendations, please refer to my Hints and Tips for the Perfect Pie Crust post. The tips will make pretty much any pie crust a crowd pleaser!