Foolproof Pie Shells

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


4 pie shells

Updated: Feb. 03, 2023
"I received this recipe from my 94-year old sister. She suggested using egg, cold water and cider vinegar to keep the crust moist. If they eat all the crust of my pie, then I know it was good!"


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-3/4 cups shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Whisk the egg, water and vinegar; gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide into four portions. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plates. Trim each pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Fill or bake shells according to recipe directions.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 157 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.