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The Flakiest Gluten-Free Pie Crust

4.79 from 41 votes
My Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipe is easily the flakiest, simplest, best way to make a pie crust that's gluten-free!
A gluten-free pie crust, ready for filling, flanked by a rolling pin and shaker.

Hi Bold Bakers!

There are a lot of opinions out there about Gluten-Free recipes — where do I stand? I want everyone to be able to bake anytime, anywhere, and that includes everyone. For whatever reason you’d like to make Gluten-Free recipes, it’s my job to make them as easy and as tasty as possible — just like all of my other recipes.

And now that includes a pie crust!

I’ve been making pies forever as a professional chef and baker. I also love pie crust is a recipe that once you have it, you commit it to memory and always have it on hand because it’s so simple. My Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipe is the easiest, flakiest, gluten-free crust you’ll find out there, and it’s perfect for all bakers — be it gluten sensitivity, curiosity, or even using just what you might have on-hand.

[ Looking for regular Pie Crust? Here’s my classic Pie Crust recipe! ]

Top-down view of a shaped Gluten-Free Pie Crust!

What Is Gluten-Free Pie Crust?

If a pie crust doesn’t have gluten in it, what does it have instead? Well, a gluten-free flour, of course! Specifically, the easiest thing you can use is Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, as it’s an exact 1 to 1 swap with regular flour, but you can experiment with other gluten-free flours too (like almond flour), just know you’ll have to adjust your wet ingredients accordingly.

What Is Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Made Of?

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour works the same across brands, even if their flour recipes are a bit different. That’s because Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour is usually a mix of gluten-free flours instead of coming from just one source, so it’s more flexible and versatile when used.

For example, King Arthur’s Gluten-Free AP Flour is made from a “blend of white rice flour, whole grain brown rice flours, tapioca starch, and potato starch…” and I’ve had lots of success with their formulation.

What You Need To Make Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Not much! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • COLD Butter
  • Your muscles and a rolling pin
  • A food processor makes it easier but isn’t required

How To Make Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Spoiler: it’s just as simple as making regular pie crust! If you still want to know what you’re about to get into, here’s what you’ll be doing (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  • In a food processor or bowl, pulse or mix together flour, salt, and powdered sugar a few times.
  • Add butter and cream cheese and pulse 6 or 7 times until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, or if you don’t have a processor, get in there with your hands and rub the butter in.
  • Combine egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl, sprinkle over the flour mixture and combine.
  • Take the mixture and press it all together to form a dough. If the mixture seems too crumbly, add the remaining tablespoon of water.
  • Form the dough into a flattened disc, put it in a reusable container, and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes (or up to 3 days) before rolling out. It can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks.
  • Roll and bake according to your recipe’s directions.

Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipe in a pie pan, ready to bake.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

The Flakiest Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe

4.79 from 41 votes
My Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipe is easily the flakiest, simplest, best way to make a pie crust that's gluten-free!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 - 9" pie crust
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
My Gluten-Free Pie Crust recipe is easily the flakiest, simplest, best way to make a pie crust that's gluten-free!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 - 9" pie crust

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cups (7½oz/213g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 7 tablespoons (3 ½ oz/100g) cold butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons (1oz/30g) cream cheese, cold
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-3 tablespoons cold water

Instructions

  • In a food processor, pulse together flour, salt, and powdered sugar a few times.
  • Add butter and cream cheese and pulse 6 or 7 times until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Combine egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl, sprinkle over the flour mixture and pulse a few more times to combine.
  • Pour mixture into a bowl and press together to form a dough. If the mixture seems too crumbly, add the remaining tablespoon of water.
  • Form the dough into a flattened disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes (or up to 3 days) before rolling out. It can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks.
  • Roll and bake according to your recipe’s directions.

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Ruth Titus
9 months ago

Hi!
Thank you for creating a gf pie crust recipe! My name is Ruth and I have Celiac disease, which means I have no choice but to be gluten free. I have been following you for years and love your recipes. I have to convert them to gluten free, of course. Thank you again for starting to include us in your recipes. Many happy returns. Ruth

Gloriande
Gloriande
9 months ago

Hi Gemma thks. How can i make mix as the all purpose gluten free is not available in my region.

Kathy
Kathy
9 months ago

Hi, Gemma: Regarding pie weights. Per Stella Parks, I have started using white sugar. You put the tinfoil over the crust, then pour white sugar in to the top edges. Like rice and beans, the sugar is inexpensive, already in your kitchen, reusable, AND a lot heavier, so that the tinfoil conforms better, and there’s no need for docking. I let it cool, then lift the tinfoil out and pour the sugar back into the tin that I keep my pie weight sugar in. You can reuse it several times, and can swap it for new when it gets to… Read more »

Rhonda
Rhonda
9 months ago

Can you use something in place of cream cheese?

Dawn Robertson
8 months ago

Oh my goodness!!! Very flaky! Mine is not beautiful because i couldn’t crimp the edges, they kept breaking off. But it’s delicious and flaky and the first pie crust I’ve had that isn’t made with almond flour since my celiac diagnosis.

I used it to make a Buttermilk Pie. I put it in the plate, ready-to-go, in the freezer while I prepared the filling so the crust would be super flaky. Thank you Gemma!

Last edited 8 months ago by Dawn Robertson
Jocelyn Buckaloo
Jocelyn Buckaloo
3 months ago

I’ve been making gluten free desserts for 10 years and this is by far the best GF pie crust! It was the first recipe I’ve ever found that produced a crust that was actually flaky. Closest thing to a gluten crust. (I used Krusteaz flour mix.)

Last edited 3 months ago by Jocelyn Buckaloo
Jackie
Jackie
5 months ago

Question, my brother is gluten free and also cannot have dairy. However, I just learned that ghee works for him and they cook with it. Can I substitute 1 for 1 butter for ghee or do I need to add in something as well? What can I substitute for the sour cream? I am trying to find a gluten free pie crust that can work for him. Apparently goat milk works for him as well. Any ideas?

Ann Thorton
Ann Thorton
6 months ago

How important is the powdered sugar? I am diabetic and don’t use sugar or powdered sugar. Is there something else I could substitute?

Christina Stonehouse
Christina Stonehouse
7 months ago

Question: I want to make some deep fried hand pies. Would this crust work for that? Thanks Gemma.

8 months ago

Thank you so much for making baking easier for us to do May God bless you n your family GB

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