How to Cut in Butter

Create light and airy homemade pie crusts, scones and biscuits when you combine cold butter with flour. This technique is known as cutting in butter. The small pieces of butter remain whole in the flour mixture, giving the dough a flaky texture after baking. The moisture in the butter creates steam as it melts during the baking process, resulting in a beautiful puffed pastry!

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Step 1

Cut a cold stick of butter into small cubes.

Step 2

Drop the butter cubes into your flour mixture and use a pastry blender or knife to incorporate the butter. Try not to overmix the dough or it will be tough.

Step 3

Slowly add your liquid ingredients once the butter is evenly cut into the flour.

Step 4

Gently mix until a dough forms, adding more liquid as necessary, and proceed with your recipe of choice.