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A baked tart crust in a tart pan.

How to Make Tart Crust

Learn how to make tart crust that is buttery, crisp, and lightly sweet - neither too thick nor thin. Because the filling-to-crust ratio is narrower than that of pie, it's important to make sure the crust is as delicious as the filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 194kcal


  • 7 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


To make the tart dough:

  • In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer by hand, cream the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add egg. Continue mixing until combined, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Add vanilla and salt, mix until combined.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low. Add flour and baking powder and blend until the dough comes together (do not overmix).
  • Scrape dough onto a piece of plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and chill at least 1 hour.

To blind-bake the tart crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (177 degrees Celsius).
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch (0.3 cm to 0.6 cm). If the dough crumbles or breaks apart, press back together with your fingertips.
  • Loosely roll the dough around the rolling pin, then gently unroll it over the tart pan, preferably with a removable bottom (9 inches or 24.4 cm in diameter, or substitute a pie plate).
  • Press the dough firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Trim any excess dough. Cover the dough with parchment paper or foil. Fill with pie weights or dried beans (you will need about 2 pounds or 1 kilogram, see notes). Bake 12 minutes.
  • Remove pie weights or beans and parchment paper or foil. Return to oven and bake until golden brown and fully cooked, about 10 to 15 minutes longer. Cool completely.


Calories: 194kcal