Flaky Food Processor Pie Crust


This food processor pie crust is easy and foolproof. The secret to a good crust is to have everything very cold and to handle it as little as possible. Use frozen or almost frozen shortening, lard, or butter as your fat and ice water, and then chill the dough well before rolling. Process the dough as little as possible and use only the amount of water needed to allow you to form it into a ball, not the machine.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 pie crust


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 5 tablespoons shortening, chilled and cubed

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons ice water


  1. Measure flour into the processor with the regular blade attached. Add chilled and cubed shortening and unsalted butter. Add salt, close the lid, and pulse three times with three counts per pulse to lightly mix the ingredients.

  2. With the motor running, pour ice water into the food processor bowl just until the dough just starts to get noticeably crumbly. Don't wait until it is a big clump or it will be way too wet and will turn out tough.

  3. Transfer the crumbly dough into a bowl, and form it into a ball with your hand, squeezing it a bit to make it stick together. If it just won't form a ball, add a tiny bit more water.

  4. Wrap dough in wax paper or plastic wrap and chill it for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Follow your pie recipe for rolling and baking.


Your fat should be frozen or very cold. You may vary the proportions, or use some lard, but the total should be 9 tablespoons.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
14g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 27mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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