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Decorative Pie Crusts can be intricate or simple and the basic ones are easy to do without any special tools or fuss. I may not be the most detail oriented baker but I love adding a little flair to my double crust pies. These are some easy ideas how to make a decorative crust – these are so simple anyone can do them!

pie with crazy for crust words as lattice

Decorative Pie Crusts Made Easy

There are SO MANY ways you can make a decorative pie crust. Today I’m detailing four simple methods to spruce up your double crust pies. My methods are easy that anyone can do with just a few tools.

While I love pie, and I’m Crazy for Crust, I am not a detailed baker. I am not great at cake decorating and I can’t make royal icing cookies like some other bloggers, but I can make a simple pie crust design using cookie cutters!

one slice of pie with raspberry filling and a heart sliced out of the dough.

The “Crazy for Crust” design up above is made using cookie cutters. In fact, cookie cutters are the easiest way to design a pie crust.

You can use any cookie cutters you like, large or small. Use letter cookie cutters to cut out words. Or use hearts, circles, stars or any shape you like.

decorative pie crust using cookie cutters
  • Map out what you’re going to do before you do it. Find the center of the crust and work out so that your design is centered on your pie.
  • Use a combination of big and small cookie cutters for a cool effect.
  • Use letter cutters to spell out a fun message!
  • When shopping for small cookie cutters, check out the cake decorating aisle. Fondant cutters are the perfect size.

Favorite Cookie Cutters

peach blueberry pie unbaked with lattice crust

Designer Lattice Crust

Now if you want to do something a little different, that’s not quite a lattice and not quite a cookie cutter design, how about what I’m calling designer lattice.

This kind of lattice can have thick and thin strips or it can be made with different shapes.

  • Plan out your design before you cut. This took me a few tries to get right, so plan before you cut.
  • You could go in a circle or rows or random. Or use triangles or stars or another shape!
  • Using the round side of pastry tips is great for making small circles (a 1M or star tip is larger than the standard tip, so if you use both you’ll get two sizes).
  • The square lattice below looks like a lattice but was done with square fondant cookie cutters – making it the easiest lattice you’ll ever make!
process shot of apple cider pie being made.

Other Ways to make Decorated Pie Crust

These are just a few of the easiest examples for making a decorative pie crust. I’m a simple baker and don’t like super intricate designs because I know they’re not in my wheelhouse. However, some of my blogging friends have some other great ideas:

pie with crazy for crust words as lattice

Decorative Pie Crust Recipe

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This is the perfect way to make a double crust pie – use cookie cutters to make a decorative lattice!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Yield 1 pie
Serving Size 1 pie


  • 2 recipes pie crust (or a refrigerated pack of 2 crusts)
  • Desired pie filling or recipe
  • Egg Wash
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  • Roll out one pie crust (or one half of pie crust recipe) and place in a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Roll out your top pie crust to a 12-inch circle and chill until ready to top the pie.
  • Fill your pie with your desired pie filling.
  • Remove the rolled out top crust from the refrigerator.
  • Use various cookie cutters in desired shapes to plan out your design: use mini letter/number cutters to spell a message or create a "lattice" using rows of cuts using fondant cutters. Discard cut pieces of pie dough.
  • Place top crust on the pie and crimp edges as desired. Brush with egg wash and bake according to pie recipe directions.

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Recipe Notes

  • Baking time will be dependent on the recipe you’re making. Always follow the filling recipe of the recipe. This is just a method for creating a decorated pie crust.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1pie | Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 0.02IU | Calcium: 0.4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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