Classic CRISCO® Pie Crust

Classic CRISCO® Pie Crust

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Recipe by  Crisco Baking Sticks®

“For a crust that will satisfy even the most picky pie aficionado, follow this recipe.”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 2 crusts


  1. Spoon flour into measuring cup and level. Mix flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in CRISCO® All-Vegetable Shortening or CRISCO® Stick using pastry blender (or 2 knives) until all flour is blended in to form pea-size chunks. Sprinkle with water, one tablespoon at a time. Toss lightly with fork until dough will form ball.
  2. Divide dough in half. Press between hands to form two 5 to 6-inch pancakes. Flour dough lightly. Peel off top sheet for bottom crust. Transfer bottom crust to pie plate. Remove other sheet and press pastry to fit. Trim edge even with pie plate.
  3. Add desired filling to unbaked pie crust. Remove top sheet from top crust. Lift top crust onto filled pie. Remove other sheet. Trim to 1/2-inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top edge under bottom crust. Flute. Cut slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. Bake according to specific recipe instructions.

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I've used this recipe for many years. The dry crumbly dough problem is easily solved by adding additional water, a teaspoon or so at a time. The type of flour used, as well as the method used to measure the flour, play a role in how much water will be needed. Scooping the flour out of the bag and leveling is not the same as spooning the flour into the measuring cup, as scooping tends to pack the flour into the cup and you will wind up with more flour than you would if you spoon and level. Thus you will need more water. The version of the recipe that I have says 5 - 7 tablespoons of cold water which takes into consideration the varying differences that may arise with flour type/brand and measuring technique.



Easy, and pretty good pie crust. I halved the recipe and went from there. For people who believe there is too little water; just be aware that since flour absorbs humidity, sometimes you need more water or less depending on the humidity of where you live/what your weather is like. That's why bread recipes sometimes need more or less flour added and that's why this recipe is going to need more or less liquid depending on where you live. I just kept adding tablespoons of water until I got a nice, smooth ball of crust. This is flaky, and flavorful if you use butter flavored Crisco like I did. It was great with the Rosemary and Tomato Tart I made it for. Thanks for the recipe!

Cindy in Pensacola

Cindy in Pensacola

I've been making piecrusts for a LONG time and this is the best one I've ever made. Makes a perfect deepdish 9" crust.

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 279 cal
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs
  • 23.8 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 292 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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