8 Christmas Pie Crust Ideas

The final countdown is on. Christmas will be here before we know it. There’s a million things left on my to do list, but the good news? I’ve been stocking up on puns all year, so I’m well prepared to wish everyone a Meowy Christmas.

I’ve also been accumulating a list of Christmas pie crust design inspiration. Because if it’s not insta-worthy, did you even bake it?

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Santa & His Reindeer - List of Christmas Pie Crust Design Ideas

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Ho Ho Ho Slab Pie - 8 Christmas Pie Crust Design Ideas

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Strawberry Balsamic Valentine’s Day Pie: Pies Before Guys

We all know pies before guys is the queen of all puns. And you could not possibly find a better day for this pun than Valentine’s Day. JK…it’s my motto every day. Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or both…you need this pie in your life asap.

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10 Decorative Pie Crust Ideas

We all know the importance of inner beauty…but I think every pie should have a touch of outer beauty too. Who doesn’t want to make a good first impression?

Now, I’ve had my fair share of delicious pies hidden in plain old pie crust, but there’s something special about a pretty pie. Plus they’re a hit on instagram/snapchat/your-social-media-of-choice.

The options are endless so I’ve compiled a few creative ideas to get the inspirational juices flowing. Take a peek at my favorite decorative pie crust designs:

1. Braided Crust

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You will need an entire extra recipe of dough for this beauty, but trust me–it’s worth it! I spent what felt like forever making this for Abby’s birthday pie, but Bon Appétit’s tutorial was a total savior.

2. Zig Zag Pie

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This crust design works great for juicy berry pies and is honestly so easy.

3. Say it With Crust

There are endless options when it comes to adding puns to your pie. But here’s my pro-tip: get some letter cutters. Biggest. Time. Saver.

4. Fall Leaves Crust

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This beauty is a perfect design for all your fall pies. Goes great with a pumpkin spice latte #basic

5. DIY Pie Stencils

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How cool is this? Studio DIY thought of another fun way to add a few puns to your pie.

6. Crimped Edges

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It’s a little touch that adds some pizzaz to your pie. Just crimp with your thumb and forefingers.

7. Patriotic Flag Pie

I promise this jaw-dropping impressive crust is easier than it looks. It will make you the life of every summer BBQ and get you a record number of insta likes.

8. Unique Lattice

Alternating between thin and thick lattice strips makes for a fun unique twist on the traditional crust topper. I’ll be honest the thin strips are definitely more difficult to work with, but just keep them really cold.

9. Floating Lattice

Take another spin on a traditional lattice with what @jojoromancer calls “floating” lattice. Plus that heart crust edging is adorable.

10. DIY Banners

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Tap into your crafty side and add a banner. Plus side–no fancy crust technique needed!

I’m always on the hunt for new crust ideas, stay tuned for more on our Crust-Haves pinterest board.

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All-Butter Pie Crust Recipe

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Some people fully believe the crust is by far the best aspect of a pie. I was not one of those people, until I stumbled upon this dough-licious flaky butter crust recipe. I’ve been known to bake the extra scraps of crust to eat like crackers—seriously, try it.

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The secret to the perfect crust is love and patience. Word to the wise, it’s absolutely worth it to make your crust the night before you plan to bake the pie. No matter how exhausted you are Friday night after a long week of work, you will no doubt thank yourself Saturday morning when your pie crust is ready to be rolled out.

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So take a peek at our favorite All-Butter Crust recipe courtesy of the lovely Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book.

All-Butter Pie Crust

Ingredients:

For one single-crust (9- to 10-inch pie or tart)

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1 stick (1/4 pound) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup cold water
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 cup ice

For one double-crust (9- to 10-inch pie or tart)

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp granulated sugar
2 sticks (1/2 pound) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 cup ice

Directions:

Stir the flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces and coat with the flour mixture using a bench scraper or spatula. With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea-size pieces of butter remain (a few larger pieces are okay; be careful not to over blend).

In a small bowl, combine the water, cider vinegar and ice. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture, and cut it in with a bench scraper or spatula until it is fully incorporated. Add more of the ice water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, using the bench scraper or your hands (or both) to mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining. Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more small drops of the ice water mixture, if necessary, to combine. Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight, to give the crust time to mellow. If making the double-crust version, divide the dough in half before shaping each portion into flat discs.

Wrapped tightly, the dough can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month.