Butter Pie Crust

A butter pie crust is an easy thing to make. If you are in a pinch for time, there is nothing wrong with a store bought pie crust. When our kids were young, we grabbed our share of pre-made crusts. We have found, though that just making this butter pie crust the night before can be just as easy as getting in the car and running to the store.

So let’s make some pies with this butter pie crust!

Baked Pie Crust

Butter Pie Crust

Such a simple butter pie crust to make. Prepare this the night before you want to make a pie, and wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge. You will be delighted with the result!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: baking
Cuisine: baking
Keyword: baking
Servings: 2 pie crusts
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 16 tbls butter cube
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tbls apple cider vinegar


  • Pour water into a bowl with apple cider vinegar. Add 8 ice cubes and set aside.
  • Whisk flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter. Continue to cut in the butter until it is the size of peas or smaller.
  • Pour in ½ cup of the ice water mixture, into the flour. Using a plastic bench scraper or a stiff spatula, mix the water and flour together until there is no loose flour.
  • Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Using a bench scraper, cut the dough in half and roll each into a roll into a smooth flat disk. Wrap each disk in double cling wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Instructions for blind baking crust for a filling:

  • Allow crust to sit out for about 10 minutes. Using 2 sheets of parchment paper, dusted with a little flour, roll out one of the pie dough discs.
  • Carefully peel back the parchment as you ease the crust into the pie pan. Press into pan and trim edges allowing about 1 inch to hang off. Using your fingers, crimp edges of pie crust. Create a higher than usual edge as it will shrink when you bake. Place crust in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Remove pie crust from freezer, and working quickly, place a sheet of foil into crust, and add pie weights. you can also use dry beans if you don’t have pie weights.
  • Bake crust at 350 F for 45-50 minutes if you are going to bake the pie further, like a quiche. Otherwise, bake for 60-75 minutes.
  • Remove pie crust from oven, and lift out the pie weights by lifting up the foil. Allow crust to completely cool before filling.


This pie crust can be made in advance and refrigerated for several days. You can also freeze for up to 3 months, if you put it in a sealed bag.
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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


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