Pie Crust Recipes

Learn how to make delicious pie crusts from scratch. Our tested recipes will guide you every step of the way towards a flaky, melt-in-your-mouth, buttery dough. For something quick and easy, try one of our press-in crusts with graham cracker, gingersnap, or chocolate cookies.

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Easy Pie Crust

Rating: 3 stars 1210
Prep now and enjoy wonderful pies all season. Make the crust and topping in advance and keep them in the freezer for up to three months, then defrost fully before using.

Perfect Pie Crust

Every home baker needs a reliable pie crust recipe, and Martha's version is a tender, flaky crust that will be the classic base for all your summer, fall, and Thanksgiving pies. If mixing the pie dough by hand feels like a stretch, you can also make this recipe using a food processor.

Pate Brisee (Pie Dough)

Rating: 3.5 stars 212
Pate brisee is the French version of classic pie or tart pastry. Pressing the dough into a disc rather than shaping it into a ball allows it to chill faster. This will also make the dough easier to roll out, and if you freeze it, it will thaw more quickly.

Our Favorite Pie Crust

Rating: 3.5 stars 658
The pastry blender is a useful tool to evenly incorporate ice water into the flour-and-butter mixture. Adding just a little ice water at a time ensures that the dough attains the right texture.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Pate Brisee

To avoid creating water pockets in your brisee (which will wreak havoc in your dough), make sure to strain the ice out of the water before drizzling it in and processing.

Graham Cracker Crust

Rating: 3.5 stars 410
Use this graham cracker crust recipe to make our Summer Fruit Cream Pie.

Press-In Shortbread Pie Crust

Rating: 3 stars 227
Because the dough isn't rolled out, you don't need a rolling pin -- just a mixing bowl and a spoon. The finished crust is crisp, cookielike, and sophisticated. Use this recipe as a crust for our Pumpkin Tart.

Gingersnap Crust

Rating: 3.5 stars 209
This tasty pie crust is featured in the Butterscotch Cream Pie recipe from "The Craft of Baking," by pastry chef Karen Demasco.

Cream Cheese Pie Crust

Rating: 3.5 stars 136
A combination of butter and cream cheese produces a forgiving crust that's supple and a joy to roll out. The cream cheese gives the crust a lovely tang. And the simple fluted edge is a traditional finishing touch. Use this recipe as a crust for our Pecan Pie.

Cheesecake-Crust Dough

Use this recipe to make our New York-Style Cheesecake with Cookie Crust.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pate Brisee for Plum Crumb Pie
Use this pate brisee for pie crusts with many of our favorite desserts, such as our Plum Crumb Pie.
Test-Kitchen Piecrust
Rating: 3.5 stars 40

Making piecrust can leave a cook feeling like a magician. Combine flour, water, and butter with just a bit of sugar and salt and -- presto! -- the result is a tender, flaky pastry that elevates just about any filling. The trick, of course, is in the method -- a simple but precise series of steps that, through baking thousands of pies, our test-kitchen staff has trial-and-errored down to a science.