Homemade Shortbread Pie Crust Recipe

shortbread pie crustThis one is for all of you who prefer shortbread style pie crust over the traditional flaky one. And thank you Germaine on behalf of everyone for asking for it!

Homemade Shortbread Pie Crust Recipe:


  • 2 ounces (about 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  1. Stir together butter and sugar in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in yolk.
  3. Add flour and salt and stir until mixture is dry and crumbly.
  4. Press dough into bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate.
  5. Freeze until firm – about 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375F
  7. Bake, rotating halfway through, just until the crust turns golden brown – about 20 minutes.
  8. Let cool in dish on a wire rack.
  9. Make your filling and complete your pie. If your pie requires baking – i.e. pecan pie, cut the pie crust baking time to a half.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe – please send me your comments, your input is always welcomed and much appreciated!


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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"