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All-Butter Pie Crust – Made in a Food Processor

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Using only butter makes your pie crust flavorful and delicious. Making it in the food processor means your dough will come together in as little as 10 minutes!

Cliff Notes:
Add flour, salt, and cold butter into the food processor. Pulse briefly, then slowly add ice-cold water until it forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill in fridge for at least 20 minutes before rolling out.

Make It Your Own:
– If using the dough for a savory pie, such as chicken pot pie, omit the sugar
– For a delicious twist, check out my Bourbon-Crust Hand Pie recipe

If I was asked to point to one recipe that really motivated me to start trusting my own cooking instincts instead of completely relying on cookbooks, it would be pie crust. I have never liked the taste of store bought pie dough, but had inconsistent results when I made my own. So fifteen years ago I spent three weekends in a row trying different recipes, proportions, ingredients, and methods until I came up with this all-butter pie crust that I make in my food processor. It’s never let me down, and now I’m sharing it with everyone, in my effort to convince people that they too can make a pie crust and not have to use those yucky ones from the grocery store!

This recipe makes two crusts, enough for an apple pie. If you’re only making a single-crust pie (like lemon meringue), just cut it in half … or don’t, and cut it into pieces, bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, and enjoy your “pie crust cookies.” Sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar is optional.

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  1. […] A few enjoyable tasty trial batches later, I wound up with this gem. Bourbon Crust Cherry Hand Pies. The bourbon in the dough adds a distinct carmel-y, slightly boozy (though all the alcohol will have cooked out) flavor to these portable treats. If you don’t care for bourbon, or you want to keep them child-friendly, feel free to substitute a half-recipe of my All-Butter Pie Crust. […]

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