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No matter how many pies you make in a lifetime, there’s one task that always feels strangely daunting – making the pie crust. Whether you want to roll out a classic all-butter pie dough for apple pie, or are craving the crunch of a graham cracker crust for your pumpkin cheesecake, there are tons of variables involved in the making that turn this seemingly simple task into a Herculean culinary effort. Our solution? Focus on the filling, and use a store-bought pie crust.
Of course, not all store-bought pie crusts are made equal. That’s why we put together this list of the best store-bought pie crusts, for all of your baking pursuits. Whether you’re making Thanksgiving pies for dessert or an ice cream pie in the summer, these store-bought pie crust options won’t let you down.
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Great Value Graham Pie Crust
This pie crust comes ready to use right out of the package. For a golden crust before adding the toppings, bake the crust right in the pan for five minutes at 375 degrees after brushing with egg white. Then, top with blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries for a great fresh fruit pie that will be a hit at holiday meals. Or, combine with sliced apples cooked with cinnamon for a twist on classic apple pie.
Oreo Chocolate Pie Crust
Pudding pies, ice cream pies, and even cheesecake are made even more delicious in an Oreo chocolate pie crust. They’re made with real Oreo cookie pieces, so they’re basically just as tasty as one you would make on your own, while sparing you the task of cleaning black Oreo dust out of your food processor for the next decade.
Pillsbury Pie Crust
It’s not the same as homemade, but Pillsbury gets points for being the mosty widely available brand of store-bought pie crust we know of. If you’re in a pie crust pinch, head to the grocery store and you’ll most likely be able to find a box of these versatile pie crusts in no time. Your last-minute apple pie, chicken pot pie, and pumpkin pie cravings will be satisfied.
Keebler Ready Crust Shortbread Crust
Shortbread crusts are perfect for key lime and other fruit pies, but we especially love them for frozen ice cream pies. We like the buttery snap of these Keebler crusts.
Mrs. Smith’s Deep Dish Flaky Pie Crusts
If you want to make a pie loaded up with apples, or a cream pie with a fluffy merinue or whipped topping, then you can’t go wrong with one of these deep dish crusts from Mrs. Smith’s, which you can find in the freezer aisle.
Krusteaz Traditional Light & Flaky Pie Crust Mix
This original mix is where our Krusteaz name (“crust-ease”) came from. To prepare it, simply heat your oven to 450°F, stir together the pie crust mix and cold water and mix, shape and/or flatten and fold the dough, then bake as directed.
Trader Joe’s Pie Crust
Trader Joe’s pie crust is affordable, and it actually has real butter in it, which gives it great flavor. Each round of dough is also a little larger than most refrigerated pie crusts which makes it easier to assemble your pie.
Marie Callender’s Frozen Pie Crust
If flaky, golden crust is your holy grail, then this frozen pie crust from Marie Callender’s is a handy shortcut. We like it best for pies that only call for a bottom crust, like pecan pie or pumpkin.
Diamond Pecan Pie Crust
If you can’t get enough of the nutty flavor of pecan pie, then this crust, which is made with crushed pecans along with the usual ingredients, could become your new favorite.
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