Shortbread Crust Recipe

Shortbread Crust makes a delicious addition to so many desserts. Made of three ingredients, this simple shortbread crust is easy works for pies, cheesecakes, tarts, and so many other desserts. 

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Just three ingredients is all you’ll need to make this shortbread crust. They are most likely ingredients that you already have stocked in your pantry, too! Flour, sugar, and butter. Just those three things make one of the most delicious crusts that is versatile for so many delicious desserts and sweet treats.

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If you’ve ever made my Pecan Pie Bars, you’ve already tried your hand at making this crust. It comes together quickly, then prebakes in the oven for just a few minutes and is then ready for all the goodness you care to pile on it or in it!

You can press the shortbread crust into the bottom of a baking pan, like used for the bars, or you can press it into a pie plate, crimp the edges (or not!), and use it as a pie crust as well. You can also use it as a tart crust for tarts or even as a crust for cheesecakes. It just works for so many things!

I think this will quickly become one of your favorite crust recipes. It’s just too easy not to be!

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Here’s my Shortbread Crust recipe. I think you’ll love it!

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Shortbread Crust Recipe

Shortbread Crust makes a delicious addition to so many desserts. Made of three ingredients, this simple shortbread crust is easy works for pies, cheesecakes, tarts, and so many other desserts.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Mix together butter, flour, and confectioner’s sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan, a pie plate, tart pan, or other pan for your baking.
  • Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before filling.

Robyn xo

126 comments on “Shortbread Crust Recipe”

  1. Robyn I like simple , orangechiffon pie hope it works thanks lV

  2. I’ve been making pies for a very long time and this is the first time using a Shortbread crust.  This recipe is super easy and is very tasty.  It seems like a very sturdy crust that won’t get  soggy once you put whatever filling in.  Will definitely be using this recipe again.  

  3. Using the shortbread crust in my cheesecake. Haven’t taken it out of the oven yet but it was super easy. Would rather have not used so much butter though. I would say it looked fine when I poured the filling in the crust.

    • How did it turn out? Did you pre-bake the crust before putting the cheesecake filling in? I am contemplating using it for cheesecake.

  4. Hi Robyn!
       I wonder if I could use brown sugar and whole wheat flour to make it?

    • I used white whole wheat in all of my baking. So I made this pie crust recipe with it and I will never roll out another pie crust again!!! Loved it great recipe and no rolling pin.

      • Juanita,
        I’m so happy you liked this pie crust. I have never tried it with white whole wheat but thanks for letting us know it worked. Thanks!

  5. I have a raspberry filling, can I bake this crust like a normal crust

  6. pls can I substitute margarine for butter. thanks alot.

  7. This was delicious and easy! I put it in a tart pan.

  8. Been making it for years, always good and easy.

  9. Do you have to bake the crust first when using apples in a recipe or can you bake the apples and crust together?

  10. Can you sub lard for butter and if so can this crust be used for pumpkin pie?

    Cindy S. Bellotte

  11. So easy and yummy! Who would have thought only 3 ingredients.

  12. Can I use white granulated sugar instead? If yes, same amount?

    • Unfortunately, the granulated sugar will cause the shortbread to be more grainy. You’ll want to use the confectioner’s sugar called for in the recipe.

  13. Can I use this crust for a layered fruit strudel? I usually bake it once it is all put together. 3 to 4 layers.

  14. Don’t you love all the questions asking what will happen when people attempt to alter your delicious recipe? 😂

    • Thanks Manda – glad to have you here! 😉

      • Do you need to grease the pie tin. I made this crust and it was delicious but could not get it out of pan. Did I press it in too much?

      • Hi Connie,
        I don’t grease the pie plate for my shortbread crust. I press the crust into the pie plate until it is covered but I don’t press really hard. I have never had one stick to the pan so I’m not sure what happened. Sometimes if the crust is not thoroughly cooked, especially in the middle, it will stick. Hope this helps!

    • I don’t get it either. Make the recipe as shown or look for what you really want. I will be making this tomorrow and will not change a thing.

  15. I’m using this as my cheesecake crust. Do I need to bake it first before adding the liquid? 

  16. Thanks for sharing! Do you think this would turn out ok if I used regular granulated sugar instead of powdered?

  17. Hi there, I just had to take a moment to thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve tried a few different crust recipes like this one, but they never turn out right for me. Something is always “off” with the texture or flavor. This crust turned out just perfect! I have it bookmarked, and will use it often. Thanks again!!

  18. Can you use this crust for Pecan Pie? 

  19. I made the shortbread crust for a no bake lemon cheesecake, didn’t change a thing, & it turned out wonderful! Thanks!

  20. I tried this, came out delicious but the crust puffed up and didn’t leave no room for.filling. is there anything i can do to prevent that?

    • I’m sorry, Claudia, that your crust puffed up like this. I’m wondering if the dough became too warm before baking. There are a few things that might help next time you make this. 1) Cover the pie plate with a piece of plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes before baking. I would do this even if you do step 2 or 3. 2) You could line the pie crust with parchment paper and then fill with pie weights or dried beans, bake for about 8 minutes, then remove the pie weights and return to the oven and continue to bake until lightly browned. 3) If pre-baking, you can lightly prick the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork before baking. Hope this helps. Thanks! xo

  21. This crust for my strawberry pie was perfect!  Followed the recipe and wouldn’t want to change a thing!

  22. I am assuming from the replies above that maybe there are certain pies that you can and cannot bake in this crust. Can you elaborate? Thanks

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