Never-Fail Pie Crust Recipe

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Even novice bakers who normally shy away from homemade pie pastry can't go wrong with this recipe. It's so easy to roll out and produces a tender, flaky crust every time.—Ruth Gritter, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 133 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening. Add milk and vinegar. Shape dough into a ball. Chill for 30 minutes. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half to fit a 9-in. pie pan. Yield: 2 (9-inch crusts).
Originally published as Never-Fail Pie Crust in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p82

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MissDiana User ID: 7669611 21070
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Super easy and delicious! I am not an expert crust maker, but this recipe makes me feel I could compete with Julia Child! I LOVE it!"

skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 19227
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"My first pie crust (from scratch). Super easy. I used this by crust for making Buttermilk pie, and they both turned out perfect."

Pringle93 User ID: 7194587 42621
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"I had used this pie crust earlier and liked it. Then today I wanted to make pies again, but I tried a different pie crust recipe. It turned out a flop and so I came back to this one and it worked again! I love this recipe! I was told that vinegar makes the dough shrink, so I just leave it out."

pinkiepie User ID: 5517629 19225
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"This was easy but it did not roll out well like others said and I had to make a double batch or it would not have covered my pie."

Jolettet User ID: 6717465 20742
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"Used it for my first pie... loved it, easy to work with and great directions."

Rose056 User ID: 6276259 21069
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"I have made several pie crusts, but this one is the best texture, flakiest, and easy to roll out. The taste is fabulous and it is now the only crust that I use."

dekwgk1996 User ID: 6130241 46339
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"I have made pie crust for years. This is now my favorite recipe!!"

illicklm User ID: 1762424 19224
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"I thought I would try this recipe because of the reviews, but it was the worst pie dough to roll out ever. I will stay with my tried and true recipe from now on."

renewisa40 User ID: 2403696 19222
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"This works great every time!"

bchapman56 User ID: 4765771 48308
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I tried to make this crust and it was too flacky. I have no idea what I did wrong? I followed all the directions, even left 1/2 of the dough in the fridge 30 minutes longer? And still it was too flacky. I will go back to using my mothers recipe. Just thought I would try something else"

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