Grandmom’s Easy Pie Crust

The aroma of fresh-baked pies encompassed my grandmother’s home during the holidays.  Pumpkin, cherry, apple, raisin, blueberry, and coconut custard were the pies that graced my family’s Thanksgiving table.  So many beautiful pies, how could you choose just one?  My grandmother’s answer, “Have a sliver of each.  Then go back for seconds or thirds on the one you liked best.”  She was beautiful and smart!  Year after year my grandmother received numerous compliments for her tasty Thanksgiving meal and desserts.  The turkey was perfect, your yams were exceptional, the creamed onions were delicious, but your PIE CRUST WAS AMAZINGIt was flaky, light, and delectable.  Nothing compared to grandmom’s crust.  Being my grandmother’s caregiver for 11 years enabled me to ask questions and absorb her baking basics.  She gave me advice and for once I listened.  Leave pre-made pie crusts on the store shelves and enjoy grandmom’s easy pie crust recipe .  Everyone will be impressed with your baking skills this holiday season!


2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon White Granulated Sugar

4 – 8 Tablespoons Cold Water

Here’s the best part….put all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles pea-size balls.  DONE.


1.)  Use COLD water.

2.)  Add 4 tablespoons of water to the mixture initially; add additional water in 1 tablespoon increments until you obtain the desired consistency….pea-size balls.

3.)  Divide the dough in half; each half is enough for one 9 inch pie plate. 

4.)  Roll out each prepared dough half on a lightly floured surface.  I prefer to use plastic wrap as my surface; it allows for easy transfer from surface to pie plate.

This simple recipe has created delicious pies for generations.  It’s thrilled many taste buds through the decades.  Make it part of your family tradition!  Tell me which pies grace your table during the holidays by leaving a comment!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!  Take care.



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I'm just your average thirty-something woman, living in Small Town, USA. I graduated college with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 2008. While pursuing my passion for Chemistry, my life took an unexpected turn and I became my grandmother's 24-hour caregiver....for 11 years. During this time, I married and became a very independent woman. The Piney Chemist combines my love of Chemistry with eventful life experiences. It's Chemistry, caregiving, and me!

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