This Hack for Using Leftover Pie Crust Will Produce Tasty Cookies in Less Than 15 Minutes

published Nov 14, 2022
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Overhead photo of hands crimping a pie crust. Strips of extra crust on the side, and a bowl of flour up in the corner of the frame.
Credit: Joe Lingeman

The holiday season often means a lot of leftovers. Though many of us are thinking up sandwiches and casseroles to make with the leftover turkey and sides or roast from the night before, this is also the season when a lot of baking happens. And as a result, you’ll be left with even more doughy odds and ends as well.

To solve that problem of the often forgotten-about baking residual, Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery has an ingenious use for leftover scraps of pie crust dough: She turns them into cookies! Aptly named Pie Crust Cookies, these delicious treats only take a few ingredients you most likely already have sitting around and just minutes to bake. 

Sarah begins by compiling those pieces of pie crust dough that are cut away while forming a perfect pie crust. Usually, these scraps are simply discarded, but this hack gives them new life as they are lined up on a lined baking sheet and brushed with egg wash. While Sarah dusts them with sugar and cinnamon, you can technically top with whatever you’d like. They are then baked at 375°F for 10 minutes before it’s time to indulge in each sweet and crispy cookie strip.

The possibilities are endless with this recipe because they could also be dusted with leftover sprinkles, or any other cake or pastry topping hanging around the kitchen. And, why limit it to pie crust? I’m wondering if leftover tortillas might make a fun cookie, too. I guess the only thing left to do is give it a try!