Refined Sugar-Free Perfect Pie Crust

Honey Pie Crust | In Jennie's Kitchen

I know what you’re thinking? How many pie crust recipes can one person develop, let alone use? Well, when you set out to make pie for an entire year, you tend to see things with a whole new set of eye. That’s how this Refined Sugar-Free Pie Crust recipe came into existence.

The change is a very subtle, and simple, one compared to my original Perfect Pie Crust recipe. All you do is swap in honey for the amount of granulated cane sugar in the recipe. It’s not revolutionary, and on first time you might not even notice the difference.

I did taste the slight difference since I’ve become a bit of a pie connoisseur these last few months, and noticed the crust was a tad bit softer than the sugar version. Again, these are very minimal differences, and perhaps I only noticed them because I’ve been working with my pie crust so regularly over the last few months. Is it worth nixing cane sugar when such a small amount is called for—just one teaspoon for a recipe that yields two pie crusts? Well, that is really up to you.

Honey Pie Crust | In Jennie's Kitchen

Nix the refined sugars, and use honey to naturally sweeten your next pie crust.

If you’re looking to cut back on refined sugars, or rid your diet of them all together, then yes, I think it’s worth it, and that’s why I decided to give it a test in my own kitchen in case any of you were curious about it. So, now we have yet one more pie crust recipe to add to the archives. Hope the week is going well for everyone. xo-Jennie

Honey Pie Crust | In Jennie's Kitchen

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Honey Pie Crust | In Jennie's Kitchen

Refined Sugar-Free Perfect Pie Crust

4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups 300 grams all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 12 tablespoons 1½ sticks – 336 grams very cold butter, cut into 12 pieces (24 if doing by hand)
  • 1 large egg cold
  • 1 teaspoon 7 grams honey
  • teaspoons 7.5 ml vinegar (white or Apple cider NOT red wine or balsamic)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons 38 ml ice cold water


  • Add the flour and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse once or twice to combine.
  • Add the butter. Pulse a few times, just until the butter mixes into the flour, forming a sandy mixture with some pea-sized pieces.
  • Add the egg, honey, vinegar, and water. Pulse 60 to 90 seconds until it comes together into a ball of dough. It’ll start out looking like wet sand, and comes together into a ball during the last few seconds of pulsing.
  • Dump the dough onto a counter (no need to flour unless you’re using the dough immediately, but note that this dough also doesn’t require any chilling time). Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Shape into 1-inch thick, round disk. Wrap tightly in plastic film, and chill up to 3 days.



  • Sarah

    4 stars
    Hi, thank you very much for the recipe, it turned out great 🙂 I did rest the dough in the fridge for a bit !
    Though, the equivalents mesures are wrong, and could lead to wrong results.. :/
    1 cup flour = 130g
    12 tbsp butter = 1 1/2 stick = 170g
    1 tsp = 5g
    Best xx

  • Jennie

    Hi Sarah,

    So glad you liked the crust. Thanks for catching the typo on the butter. I’ve adjusted it to 168 grams, which is what it should’ve been. The flour is correct—as you may know, the weight varies depending on your measuring cups (they’re not all created equal, odd as that might seem), and also dependent on how you measure it (spoon vs. scoop & sweep). For that reason, it’s why I always urge people to use scales for the most precise measurement. According to my measuring cups, using a scoop & sweep method, 150 grams is correct. 1 teaspoon of creamy, churned honey (what I use) weighs just a hair below 7 grams.