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Pasta Frolla Recipe (Italian Sweet Shortcrust Pastry)

A staple in Italian desserts, Pasta Frolla (Italian Sweet Shortcrust Pastry), is so easy to prepare. All you need is a fork --- and you're all set to make Italian pies, tarts, or cookies! Quick to prepare and even easier to handle!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 2 cups flour, (264 grams)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, (113 grams), unsalted, cubed and chilled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl.
  • Mix with a fork.
  • Add butter and continue mixing until you see pea-sized crumbs in the mixture.
  • Make a dent in the center of the mixture and add the egg and yolk.
  • Continue mixing, just enough to combine the eggs with the rest.
  • Transfer the mixture on top of a flat surface and gather (knead) it a bit to start forming a dough.
  • Form the dough into a disc and wrap it with plastic.
  • Refrigerate and let your pasta frolla chill for at least 30 minutes before using. 



  • Cook's Tip #1:  Make sure your butter is chilled.  During the height of summer, leave them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes; anything to keep them from melting right away.
  • Cook's Tip #2:  ALWAYS use a fork or some other sturdy pastry mixing tool that you are comfortable with --- the less contact with your hands, the better. The warmth from our hands does not help in keeping the butter from softening (or melting).
  • Cook's Tip #3:  When ready to use, dust your counter and your rolling pin with enough flour before rolling your pasta frolla.
  • Cook's Tip #4:  To use a food processor instead, see Recipe Variation above.
  • Cook's Tip #5:  This single crust dough can be used on any 8-inch to 10-inch form.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg