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Pie Crust Decorating Ideas – Awesome Pie Crust Designs to Wow a Crowd

Thanksgiving will soon be here and for many of us, that means pies will be featured on the dessert menu. These pie crust decorating ideas will take your Thanksgiving pies to a whole new level.

Homemade pies have never looked as appealing as these beautiful and easy pie crust designs. With stenciled pie crust tops, to lattice designs and leaf edges cut from special cutters, these pie crust decorating ideas will wow your guests.

If ever there was a time to add a special touch to your pie, it’s during the Thanksgiving holiday.

These decorative pie crust toppers are the perfect way to personalize your pie, and delight your holiday party goers.

Thanksgiving decorative pie crust ideas

Leaf Edge Pie Crust

Making a leaf edge pie crust is very easy to do. Use leaf pie crust cutters to cut about 65 leaves of different designs.Leaf pie crust design

The leaf cutouts are then baked for about 6-8 minutes or until they are golden brown. The pumpkin pie is cooked separately. Once it is cooked, arrange the leaves in an overlapping design around the edges of the pie.

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Pithivier Pie Crust

If you aren’t in the mood to get involved in a fancy pie crust, try a pithivier.  This decorative pie crust idea is so simple and quick to prepare.Pithivier pie crust

To make the pie top designs, the surface of the pie crust is scored with a paring knife to make a decorative pattern. This pie decoration design can be as simple as lines cut into the top of the crust or you can make more elaborate swirls.

To make the cuts look sharper, be sure to use egg wash on the pastry before you score it. This will make the score marks lighter than top layer as the pie crust browns to enhance the design when cooked. 

Maple Leaf Pie Crust Design

This pie crust looks difficult but actually is not. To make the design, just use a large maple leaf die cut over the top of the crust. The leaf will act as a stencil.

While the leaf is in place on your baked pie crust, just dust the top of the pie with powdered sugar around the outside.  When you remove the leaf, the center of the pie will show with the powder around it. So pretty!

The idea is demonstrated here with a cake but can easily be done over a pie crust, too. This idea just screams fall.

Cake with a maple leaf design and powdered sugar round it.

Lattice Pie Crust Design

There is nothing more old fashioned than a freshly baked pie with a lattice top crust. The open work texture of this type of decorative pie crust allows the diner to easily see what is inside the pie.

The small holes in the pie crust also add a functional feature – they make perfect vents, allowing the steam to escape from the pie!Lattice pie crust with sugar edges

To make this pretty pie crust, simply cut very cold pie crust dough into strips.  The wider the strip, the more rustic the pie will look. You can even a pastry wheel to give the strips a scalloped edge finish.

Lattice pie crusts can have the strips simply overlapping each other in opposite directions, or interwoven for a more intricate effect.

For a fun final touch to your pie crust design, dust the edges of the pie with powdered sugar after baking for a decorative look.

Cut-Out Pie Crusts

Cut-out pie crusts are easy to make. To prepare this type of design, roll out very cold pie crust dough with a marble rolling pin and make some cut-outs in the pie dough with a sharp paring knife.Pie crust with cut outs

Carefully place the pie crust with the cut-outs on top of your filled pie shell and crimp the edges together. The cut-outs will allow the pie to vent while cooking and will give a decorative look to the pie when baked.

More Pie Crust Decorating Ideas 

These pie decorating ideas are just what you need to make your Thanksgiving pies the hit of your dessert table for the upcoming holidays.

Decorative Pie Crusts

Are you still looking for inspiration? One of these pie crust decorations should be just the idea to add a touch of flair to your Thanksgiving pies this year.

As long as you have a smooth and easy to work pie crust recipe on hand, the possibilities with these pie crust decorating ideas are endless.

Invest in just a few kitchen tools, such as leaf pie crust cutters (or mini cookie cutters,) a spiral pastry wheel and a few pie crust stencils and these decorative pies will just be the beginning of your creations.

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Friday 10th of November 2023

There are not a lot of details on the how to parts. For instance, the pumpkin pie with the leaves on the edge - says to cut out @65 leaves and cook them separately. They look like maybe you egg washed them. Is that a step I should take. Do they just stay on the edge - no slipping around? And I am guessing regarding cooking (6-8 minutes) that it is at the same temperature as the pie? Looks amazing and eager to try. Thank you for your help.

Carol Speake

Friday 10th of November 2023

Hi Sara. These are not my recipes. Each one has a link to the original source. If you click on that and put the question to the recipe creator, they should be able to help you.

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