Easy Homemade Buttery Shortbread Crust

Easy Homemade Buttery Shortbread Crust is made with your hands and not a rolling pin, patting dough around the pie plate into a crust.  Taste just like a shortbread cookie.  Perfect for cream pies.

Are you intimidated when it comes to making a homemade pie crust or are you just looking for an easy pie crust recipe? The shortbread crust is so easy to make and a perfect place to start if you are either new to or afraid of making the pie dough for your pies. I am often told, "I made pie dough one time, and it turned out to be one big mess", so I just keep buying the ready made ones.

I have been making pie dough since I was in Home Economics in my high school years.  The one thing I remember most that my teacher taught me was if you want to make a good pie crust, "you have to keep making it until you get the hang of it"! You know the old saying, "practice makes perfect", well that's what it takes to make really good pie crust.

In the early 70's, I came across this recipe for Easy Homemade Buttery Shortbread Crust. You don't even need a rolling pin for this one, just a fork to mix with and a bowl. You press the buttery crumbs evenly in the pie plate and bake. See what I mean so easy!

Easy Homemade Buttery Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix butter, flour and powdered sugar until crumbly. In a 8-inch or 9-inch pie plate, pat crumb mixture evenly being sure to come of the sides to the edge. Crimp the dough with a fork or fingers. For a pre-baked crust such as for a icebox fruit pie, cream pie or chiffon pie, bake for 25 minutes.

Note: You can cut down on the powdered sugar when making a savory pie. You can also substitute Triva for the sugar.

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  1. WOW Kay - I'm thrilled to see this recipe and will definitely be trying it soon. My mama was the pie baker in her/our family, but I never learned the knack. I love the idea of not having to roll it too - looks perfect to me. Thanks so much -

  2. I think I could make this pie crust. I am one of those who gave up after just a few tries. This pie looks delicious too!

  3. Kay, you had me at it doesn't have to be rolled out! I will definitely be trying this as that's what I dislike so much about making my own pie crust - rolling it out. Thanks!

  4. Oh my gosh pie crust is my nemesis! I am a big fan of not having to use a rolling pin with this recipe ;)

  5. I am going to have to try this out because I am still searching for an easy pie crust recipe. This looks like something I can handle ;) Thanks for sharing it with us ;)

  6. Thanks for sharing,This Is what I need to learn.

  7. I like the sound of this crust! And it looks so good with the strawberry pie!!

  8. K, does this crust prebake well? I'm looking for an easy pie crust that I can prebake that doesn't shrink to an embarrassing mush at the bottom of the pie plate.

  9. This was fabulous! I did a short pre bake and then made blueberry pie and it was wonderful! I'm linking to this recipe on my blog. http://crazymomcreations.blogspot.com/

    1. So glad you stopped by to let me know about your pie. Sounds like you prebaked it jus right!


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