Apple Pie Dough Recipe

This classic apple pie dough recipe will give you a flaky, buttery crust that pairs perfectly with any apple pie filling. Ideal for both beginners and seasoned bakers, this recipe is simple to follow and yields a delicious, tender crust.


  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water


  1. Prepare the Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  1. Cut in the Butter:
  • Add the chilled, cubed butter to the flour mixture.
  • Using a pastry cutter, fork, or your hands, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized pieces of butter. This step is crucial for a flaky crust.
  1. Add Ice Water:
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of ice water over the flour mixture and gently toss with a fork or your hands.
  • Continue to add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough starts to come together. You may not need all the water. The dough should be moist but not sticky.
  1. Form the Dough:
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead it a few times to bring it together into a ball.
  • Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a disk, and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap.
  1. Chill the Dough:
  • Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. This resting period allows the gluten to relax and the butter to firm up, which helps create a tender, flaky crust.
  1. Roll Out the Dough:
  • When ready to use, remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften slightly.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8-inch thick, ensuring it is large enough to fit your pie dish with some overhang.
  1. Assemble the Pie:
  • Carefully transfer the rolled-out dough to your pie dish, pressing it gently into the bottom and sides.
  • Add your desired apple pie filling and repeat the rolling process with the second disk of dough if making a double-crust pie.
  1. Bake:
  • Follow your apple pie filling recipe for baking times and temperatures.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Let the pie cool before serving to allow the filling to set. Enjoy your delicious homemade apple pie with its perfect, flaky crust!

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