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Easy Pie Crust that Even I Can't Mess Up

Updated on June 8, 2016
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Ronna Pennington is a newspaper editor, journalist and freelance ghostwriter and adjunct instructor.

Oh, the pressure of having a mom and grandma known for their excellent pie crusts! I've seen them roll out perfect circles almost effortlessly and end up with the flakiest, tastiest crust. Because I know I will pale in comparison, I've always stuck with graham cracker crusts...until this. It's just as easy as a crumb crust, but just as flavorful as those rolled crusts my mom and grandma always made!

3 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Pie Crust
Easy crust mixed right in the pan!
Easy crust mixed right in the pan! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: One pie crust


  • 1 cup margarine
  • 2 cups flour, plain
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt one cup of margarine in a microwave-safe dish and pour it into the pie plate or 9x11 inch dish. (Or, melt it right in the pan if using a microwave-safe dish!)
  3. Sprinkle flour into the butter and mix with a fork until all flour is blended.
  4. Add chopped nuts to flour/butter mixture. Stir in with fork.
  5. Press the mixture into the pie plate with your hands. Be sure to cover all areas and fill in any holes with dough from the sides. Press up the sides of rounded pie plates or just in the bottom of a 9x11 dish.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Allow crust to cool completely before adding any fillings. Fill with a favorite pudding and top with non-diary whipped topping for a quick pie that's just as good as the ones mom and grandma make!


  • For those who cannot chew nuts, blend the pecans into a fine powder. You still get the nutty flavor without worrying about tummy troubles.
  • Use rice or coconut flour for a gluten-free version.

Nutrition Estimates

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/16
Calories 145
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 30 g150%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 7 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 125 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • Ronna Pennington profile image

      Ronna Pennington 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks, Peggy W!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That is interesting having the nuts in the pie crust. Would lend another flavor dimension to whatever filling is used. Voted interesting and up.

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      Ronna Pennington 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Angela Brummer: If I can't mess it up, I'm sure you can't! Now, go bake a pie :D

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Are you certain I can make this I mess up crusts every time?

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Wow. This only the second "melt in the pan" pie crust I've ever seen. The first one, an old family recipe of a Belgian friend here in Paris, is out of this world and doesn't even include nuts, which I love! I must give this one a try. Thanks for sharing it.

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      readwriteteach 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the suggestion, Ronna. I appreciate the alternative recipe item ideas.

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      Ronna Pennington 5 years ago from Arkansas

      You could try without the nuts. Add a little more flour to get the crumbly mix that it needs to be. You might also try chopping about a half cup of oats and using them in place of nuts.

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      readwriteteach 5 years ago from Midwest

      This really does look like an easy recipe for pie crust. Do you know if the recipe works just as well without the chopped nuts? I'm allergic to them, but would like to try this recipe.

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      Ronna Pennington 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thank you. It's got to be easy for me to do :D

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      An interesting and easy alternative to a traditional pie crust.