All Natural Sweet Pie Crust Dough Recipe Using The Food Processor

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Making your own pie crust dough is so easy that I don’t see the point of store-bought pie crusts.  With the food processor, turning the ingredients into dough takes just a few seconds!

This sweet pie crust dough recipe uses all natural ingredients that are found in a pantry and freezer – flour, butter, sugar and salt.  This pie crust has no vegetable shortening and no trans fats!

making pie crust dough in a food processor

All Natural Sweet Pie Crust Dough Recipe Using The Food Processor

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter
  • 7 tbsp cold water

Directions For Making Pie Crust Dough In A Food Processor:

Cut the butter into 1/4-inch pieces.

Put flour, salt and sugar in the food processor fitted with a steel blade inside the bowl.  Pulse 3 times.  Add butter pieces to the food processor bowl.  Process until the butter is incorporated into flour and the mixture resembles coarse sand.  Add the cold water to the food processor and pulse 5 times.

Remove the dough from the food processor onto a counter.  Divide the dough into 2 parts, and shape into 2 balls.  Press down on each ball to shape it into a 4-inch-wide disk.  You should now have 2 disks – one will be for the bottom pie crust and the other for the top pie crust.

Put the dough disks into ziploc bags and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or for up to 3 days.

Picture of the 2 pie dough balls:
pie crust dough balls

Picture of the pie dough disk:
pie crust dough disk

Picture of the pie dough disks in ziploc bags, ready to go to the refrigerator:
pie crust dough disks refrigerated in a ziploc bag

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24 replies
  1. Asmita
    Asmita says:

    I am amazed that you haven’t used any vegetable shortening. I make pie crust at home too using the food processor but use the shortening. I will have to try it making it your way next time.

  2. Geni
    Geni says:

    I love this step-by-step. I do make my own crust…EXACTLY how you do EXCEPT I add one teaspoon of either red or white wine vinegar. A chef once told me this prevents gluten from forming and then it’s flakier. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I will enjoy perusing yours more!

  3. Casey
    Casey says:

    I see others have mentioned the shortening. I, also don’t use it. I think, it makes the crust flakier. All, I know is that I also use the food processor with no shortening and it works. I am glad to get affirmation from your recipe.

  4. Alice
    Alice says:

    I just made 2 crusts this afternoon by your recipe (used 1, froze 1). It is *delicious*!! And it was SO easy–thanks so much for a great recipe!

  5. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I love making pie crust in my food processor because its so fast. I often make homemade pop-tarts for the kids with the crust which are always a big hit.

  6. MaeAlyea DeCarlo
    MaeAlyea DeCarlo says:

    Hi Melanie!
    I’m trying to make homemade chicken pot pie crust. Will the ingredients that you use for your crust be the same but without the sugar?

    Thank you


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