Cream Cheese Pie Crust

Cream cheese pie crust is easier because it’s more forgiving. The cream cheese keeps it tender so you don’t have to be quite so delicate with it. This recipe makes enough for 2, so you’ll have enough to freeze one for later.

Empty pie crust in a pie plate, with kitchen shears next to it.

Adapted from Asha Gomez | My Two Souths | Running Press Adult, 2016

With a homemade pie crust in the freezer, whipping up a tasty treat for drop-in company or an effortless brunch on a lazy Sunday will be a snap. Roll the extra crust up between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper, and slip it into a freezer bag. I store mine in the freezer door where it is less likely to get smashed or lost among the shelves.–Asha Gomez

Cream Cheese Pie Crust

Empty pie crust in a pie plate, with kitchen shears next to it.
Take this advice: when making pie crust, prepare two and freeze one! This cream cheese pie crust is very nearly foolproof and is very forgiving.
Asha Gomez

Prep 45 mins
Total 45 mins
Entree
Southern
16 servings | 2 (9-inch) crusts
129 kcal
4.5 / 2 votes
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Ingredients 

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons (9 oz) unsalted butter chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 7 ounces cream cheese* chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup very cold water

Directions
 

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the butter a few pieces at a time, mixing until the butter is in small pea-sized pieces.
  • Add the cream cheese, mix until the cream cheese is incorporated and starts forming a shaggy dough. Gradually drizzle just enough cold water over the dough so that the dough clears the side of the bowl. You may only need a little bit of the water.
  • Form dough into 2 flat disks. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Roll each crust into 10-inch (25-cm) rounds. Use as directed in recipe.
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Notes

*What makes cream cheese pie crust different?

The fat and dairy in cream cheese inhibit gluten formation, which is what makes pie crust tough and less-than-flaky. In this recipe, the addition of baking powder helps keep the dough tender after baking, as well. The cream cheese also works a little miracle when the crust is being baked–it helps to avoid that dreaded shrinking that can happen with all butter crusts. 

Show Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 129kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 18g (6%)Protein: 3g (6%)Fat: 5g (8%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mg (5%)Sodium: 259mg (11%)Potassium: 55mg (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 170IU (3%)Calcium: 21mg (2%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

Recipe Testers' Reviews

This cream cheese pie crust is PERFECT. It is the easiest, most forgiving pie dough I've ever worked with. The recipe makes enough for two, and I used the second crust for an apple pie to good effect, so you can use it for either sweet or savory applications.


Originally published August 8, 2021

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Comments

  1. What kinds of pies is this crust particularly good for? Just wondering if its actually better for some applications than a butter or shortening crust would be.
    Thx.

    1. Margo, you can use a cream cheese crust for any type of pie, although we love using it for savory pies like this tomato cheese pie or for apple pie, as the tang of the cream cheese pairs well with the apple flavor. The addition of cream cheese makes this pie dough very easy to work with.

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