Leftover Bits: What to do with Pie Dough Trimmings?

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We love pie trimmings! These are the odd bits of dough you get after you’ve successfully lifted the dough into the pan and get to cut off the excess dough hanging over the edge. Why do we love them so much? Just guess what we do with them!

Our absolute favorite thing to do with leftover pieces of pie crust is to brush them with butter, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and bake them in the oven. These oddly-shaped crispy cookies are the perfect snack while you wait for your pie to bake!

Our mother did this when we were kids, and she used to jokingly complain that we liked the crust cookies more than we liked the actual pie. This was probably true!

If there are large pieces of dough leftover, we’ll also cut them into pretty shapes with a sharp knife and use them to decorate the top of the pie. Leaf shapes are easy and very pretty this time of year. If you brush the shapes with a little extra egg wash, they’ll darken a little more than the crust itself and make a pretty presentation.

What do you do with the leftover pieces of pie dough?

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