As if pie weren’t perfect and magical enough JUST BY BEING PIE, it also turns out there are so many easy ways to make it beautiful. Hallmark Illustrator Samantha L. sat down and painted pies for us, and we can only hope for her sake she got to eat the subjects after. Whatever kinds of pie you’re making for Thanksgiving (or for any other reason), here are 15 easy pie crust designs and some tips for bringing them to a pie near you.
7 EDGY PIE CRUST DESIGNS
See what we did there? It’s easier than you’d think to make the edge of your pie look festive. These work whether you’re doing a single or double crust. Clockwise from crimped:
Trim the overhang of the crust to about an inch and fold or roll it under. Push a finger or knuckle on the inside edge of the crust into your pinched thumb and index finger on the outside edge, and repeat all the way around. Press the tines of a fork inside the curve.
- LEAF CUT-OUT
Use a small cookie cutter to make adorable leaves—or freehand your own. Attach them to the edge with water or egg wash.
Cut thin strips of dough and make like a middle-school girl at a slumber party. Use water or egg wash to attach them to the pie.
Like crimped, only without the fork. Play around with the size and angle of the pinch for bonus fun.
Turn a spoon upside down and make double impressions in the crust.
Easy peasy—just press the tines of a fork into the edge all the way around.
- CROSS HATCH
Start with a lined pattern—then go around again, making perpendicular marks.
TURKEY DAY PIE CRUST DESIGN
Keep the edge simple and put a fancy turkey on top. It just takes a few simple shapes, layered and attached with water or egg wash, to make what Ben Franklin called a “respectable bird.”
PEEK-HOLE PIE CRUST DESIGN
Cutting holes in your top crust lets steam escape and so your yummy fruit pie won’t explode. But it’s also a chance to get creative—you can use a sharp knife or cookie cutters to create the vents.
CUT PAPER-INSPIRED PIE CRUST DESIGN
Henri Matisse called it “painting with scissors.” Follow his lead by painting with pie crust.
EAT YOUR WORDS PIE CRUST DESIGN
Use cookie cutters to form some letters and add a word, phrase, or quote to your pie.
FALLING LEAVES PIE CRUST DESIGN
Start with a braided edge, and add a few cut-out leaves.
LATTICE PIE CRUST DESIGN
You cannot go wrong with a classic. There are lots of step-by-step instructions out there—here’s one we like.
BRAIDED LATTICE PIE CRUST DESIGN
If you feel like showing off a little, follow the instructions for creating a lattice crust—BUT WITH BRAIDS.
CROSS-BRAID PIE CRUST DESIGN
Finally, this one blows our minds a little: It combines flat strips with braids in a woven pattern with a pinched crust. A pastry lover’s heaven.
Show off your pie crust design skills with our Ginger Pumpkin Pie or Cheddar Thyme Apple Pie, or on these super-adorable mini pies.
And our friends at Hallmark Ideas can hook you up with recipes for a Cream Cheese Pie Crust, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Apple Pie with Streusel Topping, All-Star Pink Lady Apple Pie, or Fruity Mincemeat Pie.
Illustrations by Sam Lewis.