Gretchen’s Pie Crust Recipe

First Mixture:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1-3/4 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Second Mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup water

In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients in the first mixture with a fork until they’re well-blended.

Whisk the second mixture in a separate dish.

Combine the two mixtures, stirring with a fork until all the ingredients are moistened.

Mold dough into a ball, Chill at least 15 minutes.

Divide in five portions. Roll out what you need on a floured surface.

Fill and bake according to your pie recipe.

Makes five nine-inch crusts; freeze the dough balls you don’t use.


Lee Brothers’ Mac and Cheese can be found at….


Kevin Weaver’s Mother’s Cookies (with thanks to Terry)

Mix together:

1 cup margarine

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons water


Stir, then add to the above:

2-1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda


Stir in:

2 cups oatmeal (quick oats)


12 ounces chocolate chips (optional)

Drop on cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes in 350-degree oven.

(For oatmeal raisin, omit chips; add raisins; and add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon cloves to flour mixture.)



13 thoughts on “Recipes…

    1. I think this recipe has been around for a long. long time! I swear by it, too–and I know how frustrating pie-crust-making can be. Looking forward to pretty pie pictures…

  1. Sue

    ~”thanks” much, Pam…just home from Pilates Class & what a yummo surprise~OH that mac&cheese: carb heaven…next cold blast!!!

      1. I thought well I have my crust but let me see what this one is like! I struggled as you did for years until mom told me about this pie crust and ever since it has been great! Just made chicken pot pie!

    1. Visiting my friend JoAnne today. She pulled out her mother’s pie crust recipe…it is exactly the same as Gretchen’s. I am amazed how widespread that recipe is, but how many of us never knew about it! So glad it worked for you!!!!

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