Pie Crust Art: Decorated Pie Crusts

As a big fan of fruit pies, I get impatient with too much pie crust on top. I finally realized (duh!) that if I were making the pies I could do what I wanted with the top crust! 

I had always done a Lattice Crust for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, but years ago I decided to have more fun with pie crust.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Cookie Cutter figures
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Cookie Cutter figures

Cookie cutters make pie crust art easy. Press into the rolled pie crust and pop them out. You can be as creative as you like!

When “Mr. D,” the much-loved band director at my daughter’s high school, celebrated his retirement, I made him this pie:

Pie for Mr D, unbaked
Mr D's pie just before it went in the oven.

For the pies for the circus kids I used cookie cutters to make stars of various shapes. (Here’s the story.)

Strawberry-Blueberry Pie, red, white & blue
Strawberry-Blueberry Pie with Pie Art stars: red, white & blue!

Just take the leftover scraps from making your bottom pie crust (or the extra dough you’ve made) roll them out, cut with cookie cutters or a knife, and arrange in pretty patterns on top of the fruit mixture. 

 Political Unity Pie provided a great opportunity to send a message with pie crust.

I find it makes the pies both attractive and fun to look at, and it really highlights the fruit. You too can be a Pie Crust Artist!

Peach Pie with Musical Notes
Peach Pie with Musical Notes