This heirloom pie crust recipe rolls out like a dream. It's flaky, tender and time tested so you know it will never fail.

Fool Proof Pie Crust

This recipe has been in my family for years.  It is my mother's go-to recipe.  It is tender and flaky and works perfectly every time.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword foolproof pie crust, pie crust, pie dough
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5 single crusts
Calories 1022kcal


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-3/4 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • 1/2 cup ice water


  • In large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt.  Mix to combine
  • Cut in shortening with pastry cutter until pea sized crumbles occur.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients until flour is incorporated. 


  • This dough can be rolled out immediately, but can also be stored in refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Get more helpful tips within the blog post!


Serving: 1crust | Calories: 1022kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 4.9mg