You are going to really love this homemade gluten free pie crust. This is a tried and true pie crust recipe that gets rave reviews! Use this gluten crust recipe for both sweet and savory pies. If you love flaky pie crust, this recipe will become a staple for you. There is a dairy-free option too!

A baked pie crust in a pan.

Whether this is your first time or your hundredth time making a pie, this flaky GF pie crust recipe will be the one you make for all occasions. This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store.

My recipe yields perfect results with a lot of different gluten free flour blends. If you are looking for the best gluten free pie crust, this is it!

Turned out beautiful! Finally a pie crust I can move from counter to pan without it falling apart! Didn’t need more than ¼ c water either. Highly recommend this recipe!!!”

Reader A Wilson

If you are looking for pie-filling ideas, don’t forget to check out this list of 50+ gluten free pies!! There is a pie for every diet: paleo, whole30, keto, and vegan! 

How To Use Gluten Free Pie Crust?

You can use this pie crust recipe to make both savory pies and sweet pies.

Savory Pies:

Sweet Pies:

Making gluten-free pastries with rice flour and other gluten free flour can be tricky! I have tons of helpful baking tips for gluten free baking, too!

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Cup4Cup Gluten Free Multipurpose Flour, 3 lbs

This is an awesome gluten-free flour blend for pizza crust, biscuits, and pie crust. It is also great for yeast recipes! Note, this blend does have dry milk powder, so it is not suitable for those who avoid dairy.

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Ingredient Notes:

  • I used Cup4Cup for this recipe because it makes the pie crust so flaky. I also tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend, Pillsbury Gluten Free Flour, and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. I haven’t tested other flour blends, and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon. Xanthan gum is what holds your pie crust together so it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Butter – You want to use very cold, unsalted butter. If you are dairy-free, use dairy-free or vegan butter. (Note: Cup4Cup has dried milk powder, so if you are dairy-free, use another blend.)
  • Water – I usually don’t include a note about water, but when making a really flaky pie crust, using really cold water is best. This way, the butter bits stay cold and bake flakiness into the crust. Make ice water, then strain the ice out before using.

This is my go-to gluten free pie crust. My whole family loves it. I’ve used it for pot pies, blueberry pie, pumpkin pie, hand pies and even for gluten free pop tarts.”

Pinterest user Twisted Enchantment

If it has been a long time since you enjoyed gluten free pastry, give this gluten free flaky pastry recipe a try.

A baked pie crust on the table next to a wooden rolling pin.

Recipe Step By Step Directions:

Note: This pie crust recipe makes a single-crust pie. If you plan to have a top crust, you will need to double this recipe for a double-crust pie.

A photo of the cold butter chunks in the flour.

Step 1: Put your dry ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk to blend.

Step 2: Add cold butter chunks and cut the pieces of butter into the flour with a pastry cutter. You will want your flour to resemble crumbs or small chunks of butter throughout. These tiny pieces of cut butter are what make your pie crust so flaky and delicious.

Tip: Make sure the butter is really cold before cutting it into the flour. Cold butter makes your pie crust flakier!

Step 3: Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix . Time to get your hands dirty! Use your hands to blend in until you have a firm gluten free pastry dough ball.

Rolling pie crust between sheets of wax paper.

Step 4: Prep your work surface with a piece of wax paper. lace the pie dough on the wax paper and add a second sheet of wax paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll the pie dough into a circle shape. Make the circle a little larger than your pie pan.

Step 5: Remove the top piece of wax paper. Keep the wax paper on one side of the crust dough so you can transfer it to your pie pan easier. Spray your 9-inch pie pan with spray oil to prevent sticking.

Pinching the pie crust dough with fingers.

Step 6: Position the dough over your pie pan. Pinch the edges (you can see how to do this in the video.)

Step 7: If you are making a single-layer pie crust with a filling, you will bake the pie crust now. Use a fork to poke a few holes in the crust to vent the air so the bottom crust does not get air bubbles.

Bake at 350º F for 15 minutes if you add a filling and baking more, or 30 minutes if you are putting in a cream non-baked filling. If you are going to have a top crust, you will add your pie filling and top crust.

Step 8: Brush the top crust with an egg wash, then bake the pie.

A baked gluten free pie crust on the counter.
A baked pie crust waiting for cream filling.

How To Make A Fancy Top Crust:

Weaving a lattice crust with pie dough.

It is easy to give your pie crust a fancy bakery look!

  1. Here, I am weaving a lattice-style crust top so the juicy baked apples will show through! I have a recipe with full instructions to weave the crust in my Gluten Free Apple Pie recipe.
  2. Grab your favorite cookie cutter and make a statement with the top crust! I used stars for the 4th of July. You can use any shape or size of cookie cutters. The full directions are in my Gluten Free Mixed Berry Pie post.
  3. You can also make mini pies in ramekin dishes as I did with this Gluten Free Strawberry Pies recipe.

More Gluten Free Pie Crust Types:

If you don’t like to roll out the dough and make a pie crust this way, there are lots of other easy gluten free pie crust styles to try. Here are a few of my favorites:

A pie crust ready to bake.

Storage:

This dough will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Baked, this pie crust will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this pie crust unbaked.

Freeze it as a dough ball (easiest), or freeze the crust in your pie pan. Place the dough or crust pan in a zipper bag and put it into the freezer. To thaw, remove the pie crust from the freezer and let it thaw on the counter. Roll the dough when it is soft enough to roll.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Do you have to grease the pie pan?

Even though there is a lot of butter in this pie crust recipe, I like to use a light oil spray to lightly coat the pie pan. This is just extra caution to prevent the pie crust from sticking to the pan.

How do you prevent getting air bubbles in the crust when baking?

Heat can cause all sorts of mischief when you bake. Pinch the edges of the dough in a design. Use a fork to make steam holes on the bottom. These steam holes prevent your crust from bubbling and puffing up in a weird way.

How big do you roll out pie crust dough?

I like to roll my pie crust dough, and then when I think I am close to the size of the pan, I will hold the pan up to the dough circle. You want the dough to be rolled out and big enough to go up the sides and to have a little extra to pinch along the outer edges.

Why did the crust turn out tough?

If you have a tough crust, it is because you overmixed the butter into the flour. You need those butter chunks to make pockets for flakiness.

Can you use a food processor?

I do not like to use a food processor because you can over-grind the butter, not leaving chunks that create those flaky layers in the crust.

Now your pie crust is ready to fill to make your gluten free pie! Don’t forget there is a dairy-free version of this homemade pie crust too!

If you don’t feel like making a top crust, you can also use this pie crust recipe to make this Honey Apple Galette. You can also use this crust to make this Gluten Free Hatch Chile Apple Pie!

Reader adaptations:

Reader A Wilson's photo of her baked pie crust.
A photo of reader A Wilson’s finished pie crust.

Lard works very well instead of butter in this pie crust recipe.

Reader Alicia P

This recipe rocked!!! I don’t have a pastry knife, so I just used a fork. Comes together fast and tastes delicious. This will be my new go-to!!”

Lucy
A baked pie crust in a pan.

Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
How to make a flaky homemade gluten free pie crust.
4.92 from 136 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 196 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons butter * see note
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water +1 to 3 additional tablesppons

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  • Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter until it is in tiny pieces.
  • In a small bowl, add wet ingredients and mix.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Use your hands to make a dough ball.
  • Place the dough ball onto a piece of wax paper.
  • Top with another piece of wax paper and use a rolling pin to roll flat in a circle shape.
  • Remove the top piece of wax paper. Place the dough dough side to the greased pan and drop in. Remove the top piece of wax paper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and fill the crust with sweet or savory filling. Bake an additional 25 minutes.

Video

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with Cup4Cup, King Arthur Measure for Measure GF, Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours. Note Cup4Cup turns out the flakiest.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  4. These pie crust will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 193mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 423IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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90 Comments

  1. How long do you bake an empty crust to fill with a cold, unbaked filling afterwards? Thank you!!!

  2. Hi there,
    I want to make butter tarts, do you think I should pre-bake shells?

    thanks so much for this recipe it’s amazing! I’ve tried numerous times to make a pie pastry that’s gluten free but always fell apart.
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Laura, I would say to bake the crust for 10 minutes, then add the filling. Please do let me know how this turns out.

  3. Yeah a gluten free version!!!! It looks flakey by the photos.What flour blend did you use. I often stear away from recipes that don’t give a specific flour blend or brand since there are so many out there that are comprised of different gf flours that change the successful outcome of the posted recipe. thanks

    1. Hi Wanda, I have made this recipe with three different gluten free flour blends. Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Blend, King Arther, and Authentic Foods Multiblend…they all worked great.

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for the great recipe! I am making this crust tonight. Will it be okay if I leave it in the fridge until tomorrow and then add the pumpkin pie filling?

    1. Hi Gabrielle, I haven’t tried this and I am curious what will happen. My thought is that it should work. I would love if you could come back and let us know if it worked.

    1. Hi Kelly. If your gluten free flour blend does not contain xanthan gum or gust gum, please add 1 teaspoon. Have a great holiday!!