Easy Homemade Pie Crust – buttery and flaky

A very easy butter pie crust recipe that’s flaky and buttery.  If butter is not available, oils or shortening can be used. 


1 cup flour
1 teaspoon teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1/2 cup medium cubed butter, frozen
1/4 cup water with 1 ice cube


Instructions by Hand

Instructions for Food Processor

  • Add all dry ingredients bowl
  • Pulse about 5 times to combine
  • Remove from base
  • Place bowl in freezer for 5 minutes
  • Attach bowl to processor
  • Add butter and pulse 5 times
  • Add 4 tablespoons water 
  • pulse 5 times
  • check consistency
  • pie dough should not be wet but still hold together when squeezed
  • add water per teaspoon if needed
  • dump dough on lightly floured surface
  • shape into disk
  • wrap pie dough with plastic wrap
  • store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or freezer
  • use as needed


don’t fully combine butter, little knobs of butter should be seen marbling the pie dough

Keywords: very easy pie crust, flaky pie crust, homemade pie crust