How to make homemade pie crust in 4 easy steps

Vintage pumpkin pie recipe with Vegetable oil pie crust

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Try this super-simple vintage vegetable oil pie crust — from scratch!

If you want to try something new that’s actually old for Thanksgiving, try making this homemade pie crust recipe from the early 1950s!

Even pastry beginners can whip it up without the fuss and lack of precision that sometimes makes pie crust seem like an intimidating endeavor.

No cutting in solid shortening, no guessing on liquid. Just measure Wesson Oil with milk and mix in! So easy! No messy board… you roll out stir-n-roll pastry between 2 pieces of waxed paper…

Even beginners make perfect pie crust the first time they try.

We think this vintage recipe is perfect for the holidays — or anytime you want to make pie from scratch. And it adds an extra touch of nostalgia to follow along with the same step-by-step instructions our mothers or grandmothers may have used for their holiday desserts.

Due to its simplicity and versatility, we can see why it’s such a vintage favorite. In the original advertisement, it came with a recipe for no-bake pumpkin chiffon pie filling; but, of course, it can be used as the base for any flavor pie or tart. 

Are you in? Get started with a kitchen staple you might not have been expecting: vegetable oil.

And if you do make this, let us know what you think in the comments!

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Easy vegetable oil pie crust recipe: Give your bountiful holiday pies new goodness with new stir-n-roll pie crust. So simple, so sure, you can get flaky, tender pastry every time! Only 4 simple steps — only 4 ingredients. Light, mild Wesson Oil assures delicacy of pastry flavor. Wesson Oil stands up under highest baking heat, so that your pastry is readily digestible.

Quick! No cutting in solid shortening, no guessing on liquid. Just measure Wesson Oil with milk and mix in! So easy! No messy board… you roll out stir-n-roll pastry between 2 pieces of waxed paper.

Betty Crocker’s Stir-N-Roll pastry recipe for pumpkin pie (1950)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Mix together… 1-1/2 cups sifted Gold Medal Flour*, 1 teaspoon salt. Add all at once… 6 tablespoons (or 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsps) Wesson Oil, 3 tablespoons cold whole milk.

2. Stir just until mixed. Round up dough; flatten slightly.

3. Place between 2 sheets of waxed paper (11-inch square). Roll out gently until circle reaches edges of paper. (If bottom paper wrinkles, turn, roll on other side.) Peel off top paper. If dough breaks, press edges together, or patch lightly without moistening!

4. Lower paper with pastry clinging over 8- or 9-inch pie pan. Peel off paper. Gently fit stir-n-roll pastry into pan. Trim. Flute edges. Add your favorite pumpkin pie filling. Bake 45 to 55 minutes in hot oven 425 (silver knife inserted into side of filling should be clean).

* If you use Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour, omit salt. Reduce baking temperature to 375 F.

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4 easy steps for perfect homemade pie crust

1. Revolutionary! No guessing… you measure Wesson Oil and milk… add to Gold Medal Flour and salt.

2. Child’s play! Stir together lightly. Dough is moist, not sticky. Shape dough into ball… flatten slightly.

3. Amazing new way! Roll out pastry between two 11-inch squares of waxed paper. Peel off top paper only.

4. Pan-ready! Dough clings to paper until you loosen into pan. Mends easily without moistening!

4 steps for a perfect easy vegetable oil pie crust

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So easy with Wesson Oil — the shortening you pour

Stir together Wesson Oil, milk, Gold Medal Flour, salt and — for new goodness — finely chopped nuts. No cutting-in shortening to make flaky, tender Stir-N-Roll pie crust. Wesson pours to measure, stirs in quickly. Even beginners make perfect pie crust the first time they try.

Roll dough neatly between waxed papers. No “mussy” floured board. And wait till you taste the way Wesson makes pie crust! Pure mild Wesson Oil keeps all of its fresh delicacy at hot, high pie-baking temperatures. So your Stir-N-Roll pie crust has delicate, flaky texture and delicate flavor.

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Vegetable oil pie crust from 1954

Yield: One 9" pie


  • 1-1/3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/4 cup finely-chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup Wesson Oil
  • 3 tablespoons cold milk


  1. Heat oven to 475 F (very hot).
  2. Mix Gold Medal flour, salt, chopped nuts.
  3. Measure Wesson Oil and milk into the same cup (but don't stir).
  4. Pour all at once into flour. Stir until mixed. Press into ball. Flatten slightly.
  5. Place between 2 sheets of waxed paper, 12" square. Roll out gently to edges of paper. Dampen table top to prevent slipping.
  6. Peel off top paper. If dough tears, mend wihout moistening. Lift paper and pastry by top corners. Place paper-side-up in 9-inch pie pan.
  7. Peel off paper. Ease into pan. Flute edge. Prick pastry with fork.
  8. Bake 13 to 15 minutes.


*If you use self-rising flour, omit salt in pastry; bake at 425 F.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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